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Anna Halprin
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Libby Worth (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK) Helen Poynor
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Anna Halprin

Libby Worth (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK) Helen Poynor


CRC Press Inc

Performance art;
Theatre Studies;


206 pages

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Anna Halprin traces the life's work of this radical dance-maker, documenting her early career as a modern dancer in the 1940s through to the development of her groundbreaking approach to dance as an accessible and life-enhancing art form. Now revised and reissued, this book:

sketches the evolution of the San Francisco Dancers' Workshop, exploring Halprin's connections with the avant-garde theatre, music, visual art and architecture of the 1950s and 60s offers a detailed analysis of Halprin's work from this period provides an important historical guide to a time when dance was first explored beyond the confines of the theatre and considered as a healing art for individuals and communities.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today's student.

By:   Libby Worth (Royal Holloway University of London UK), Helen Poynor
Imprint:   CRC Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   2nd New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 133mm, 
Weight:   218g
ISBN:   9780815364108
ISBN 10:   0815364105
Series:   Routledge Performance Practitioners
Pages:   206
Publication Date:   June 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

List of figures; Acknowledgements; 1 LIFE AND WORK; Family background; Early years; The San Francisco Dancers' Workshop; Environment work; Cancer and the healing power of dance; Tamalpa Institute; The relationship with contemporary dance; Later work; 2 THEORY AND PRACTICE; Introduction; Body and movement; The Life/Art Process; Shaping the creative process; Performance; Nature; 3 THE MOUNTAIN PERFORMANCES, CIRCLE THE EARTH AND THE PLANETARY DANCE; Background and evolution; The `living myth'; The RSVP Cycles; Dancing with Life on the Line and the Five Stages of Healing; Ritual or performance?; 4 PRACTICAL EXPLORATIONS; Introduction; Kinaesthetic awareness; Body part exploration; Movement in the natural environment; Group work; RSVP Cycles; Bibliography; Contacts; Index.

Helen Poynor is an independent movement artist specializing in environmental, site-specific and autobiographical performance and cross art-from collaborations. She runs the Walk of Life Workshop and Training Programme. She is Visiting Professor of Performance at Coventry University, UK and a Registered Dance Movement Therapist. Libby Worth is a movement practitioner focusing on collaborative art processes, performer training, and responsive performance. She is a Reader in Contemporary Performance Practices at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Both authors trained with Anna Halprin in the early 1980s.

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