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Anna Halprin: Experience as Dance Hardcover – February 12, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 462 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1ST edition (February 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520247574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520247574
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 5.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When I learned about improvisation from Anna, it was like receiving the other half of the hemisphere. Without improvisation I would not have developed the work that I'm doing."—Trisha Brown

"Anna Halprin—who, with her husband, the architect Lawrence Halprin, is considered to be the wellspring of what we call postmodern dance—has spent most of her long life shattering rules, conventions, expectations, and long-cherished ideals like so many porcelain teacups. . . . In this new cultural history and intellectual biography, Janice Ross has unscrolled a story—with her subject's full collaboration—that continuously reveals and surprises. It is a groundbreaking achievement in dance scholarship, commensurate with the work of Sally Banes, the scholar of postmodern dance to whom this book is affectionately dedicated."—Mindy Aloff, author of Dance Anecdotes

"This book is an eye-opener. It is fascinating to learn about the different creative periods in Anna Halprin's life, from her involvement with Jewish identity and culture, dance education, and Bauhaus emigrés in the thirties and forties to her relationship with the Beat poets in San Francisco, her influential summer workshops, and her exploration of ritual and performance from the fifties to the present."—Mark Franko, author of Excursion for Miracles: Paul Sanasardo, Donya Feuer and Studio for Dance (1955-1964)

"Janice Ross has done a masterful job of capturing the life, work, and impact of the little midwestern woman whose influence shaped the dance revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s, and whose greatest accomplishment may have been 'finding dance culture where no one else had looked.' Ross illuminates the West Coast roots of postmodernism, and outlines Halprin's accomplishments as a healer, which are still accruing after more than sixty years."—Elizabeth Zimmer, dance critic and editor

About the Author

Janice Ross is Associate Professor of Drama at Stanford University and the author of Moving Lessons: Margaret H'Doubler and the Beginning of Dance in American Education. Richard Schechner is University Professor and one of the founders of the Performance Studies Department at New York University.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on March 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Anna Halprin is now 82 years old. Retirement - 'I have so many dances to do yet.'

And dance she does, in her own way, her own style, dancing based on a long, long lifetime of breaking the mold of tradition.

This book is an admiring biography of Anna and even more a story of the dances she has performed. Ms. Ross is Associate Profesor of Drama at Stanford University and the author of several books on dance. She had virtually unlimited access to Anna, her husband Lawrence, and their extensive files, making this essentially an approved biography.

It is clear that Ms. Ross admires Anna a great deal. Not only as a dancer and teacher of dance, but as a woman, a human being that has led a life of exploration of finding new grounds, of struggle against cancer. Her book reflects this admiration. It reports on a life well lived.
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