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Anna Halprin [electronic resource] : experience as dance / Janice Ross ; foreword by Richard Schechner.

Author/Creator:
Ross, Janice.
Publication:
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (497 p.)
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Subjects:
Dancers -- United States -- Biography.
Modern dance.
Halprin, Anna.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Anna Halprin pioneered what became known as "postmodern dance," creating work that was key to unlocking the door to experimentation in theater, music, Happenings, and performance art. This first comprehensive biography examines Halprin's fascinating life in the context of American culture-in particular popular culture and the West Coast as a center of artistic experimentation from the Beats through the Hippies. Janice Ross chronicles Halprin's long, remarkable career, beginning with the dancer's grandparents-who escaped Eastern European pogroms and came to the United States at the turn of the last century-and ending with the present day, when Halprin continues to defy boundaries between artistic genres as well as between participants and observers. As she follows Halprin's development from youth into old age, Ross describes in engrossing detail the artist's roles as dancer, choreographer, performance theorist, community leader, cancer survivor, healer, wife, and mother. Halprin's friends and acquaintances include a number of artists who charted the course of postmodern performance. Among her students were Trisha Brown, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer, Meredith Monk, and Robert Morris. Ross brings to life the vital sense of experimentation during this period. She also illuminates the work of Anna Halprin's husband, the important landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, in the context of his wife's environmental dance work. Using Halprin's dance practices and works as her focus, Ross explores the effects of danced stories on the bodies who perform them. The result is an innovative consideration of how experience becomes performance as well as a masterful account of an extraordinary life.
Contents:
Front matter
Contents
Foreword
Preface
1. Why She Danced 1920 - 1938
2. The Secret Garden of American Dance 1938 - 1942
3. The Bauhaus and the Settlement House 1942- 1945
4. Western Spaces 1945 - 1955
5. Instantaneous Experience, Lucy, and Beat Culture 1955 - 1960
6. Urban Rituals 196 1- 1967
7. From Spectator to Participant 1967- 1968
8. Ceremony of Memory 1968 - 197 1
9. Illness as Performance 1972- 1991
10. Choreographing Disappearance: Dances of Aging 1992-2006
Acknowledgments
Notes
Chronology of Performances, Videos, and Films
Selected Bibliography
Index
Notes:
"Simpson, imprint in humanities"--Prelim. p.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 421-429) and index.
ISBN:
1-281-75244-4
1-4294-7178-6
9786611752446
0-520-93282-X
1-4337-0964-3
OCLC:
476050120
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520932821 doi