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Guide to the Anna Halprin Papers, 1957-1995

Abstract

Anna Halprin (b. 1920) is a pioneering dancer and choreographer of the post-modern dance movement. She founded the San Francisco Dancer's Workshop in 1955 as a center for movement training, artistic experimentation, and public participatory events open to the local community. Halprin has created 150 full-length dance theater works and is the recipient of numerous awards including the 1997 Samuel H. Scripps Award for Lifetime Achievement in Modern Dance from the American Dance Festival. Her students include Meredith Monk, Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Ruth Emmerson, Sally Gross, and many others.

Collection includes books, magazines, photographic prints, clippings, flyers, written correspondence, programs, essays, and other printed materials.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
American Dance Festival Archives Box 90772 Durham, North Carolina, 27708-0772 USA Phone: 919-684-6402 Fax: 919-684-5459 Email: adfarchives@americandancefestival.org
Creator
Halprin, Anna.
Title
Anna Halprin papers, 1957-1995
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.33 linear feet, 2 boxes
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the ADF Archives.

Collection Overview

Collection includes books, magazines, photographic prints, clippings, flyers, written correspondence, programs, essays, and other printed materials.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Dancers' Workshop
Box OS1
Movement Ritual I, 1975
Box OS1
Citydance: Anna Halprin & San Francisco Dancers' Workshop 1977
Box 1
Discovering Dance,Lomi School Bulletin, Summer 1981
Box 1
Circle the Earth Manual, 1987
Box 1
Movement Ritual, 1990
Box 1
Moving Toward Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance, 1995 (hardcover)
Box 1
Moving Toward Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance, 1995 (softcover)
Box 1
Dance as a Healing Art: A Teacher's Guide & Support Manual for People with Cancer, 1997
Box 1
Close-Up of Modern Dance Today: The Private Teacher,Dance Magazine, December 1957
Box 1
Anna Halprin, Fresnans to Dance,California Crossroads, May 1960
Box 1
I Balletti di Ann Helprin,Sipario, 1963
Box 1
Manifold Applications, by Jack Anderson, Dance Magazine, April 1963 (2 copies)
Box 1
La Nueva Coreografia Americana, by Giordano Falzoni, Mondo Occidentale, 1963
Box 1
Impulse: Current Trends, 1966
Box 1
Something That's Happening: A Portrait of the Sausalito School District, 1968
Box 1
Human Potential, Winter 1987/1988
Box 1
Muzicki Biennale Zagreb, 1963 (2 copies)
Box 1
La Biennale de Venezia Music Festival, 1963
Box 1
Teatro Delle Arti, 1963
Box 1
UCLA Concerts, Improvisation Festival, 1964
Box 1
Muzicki Biennale Zagreb Bulletin, 1965 (2 copies)
Box 1
Stockholms Festspel, 1965 (book and 2 copies bulletin)
Box 1
Biographical Information
Box 1
Anna Halprin at ADF
Box 1
Healing Arts
Box 1
Dancer's Workshop Draft, Christmas 1973
Box 1
Reviews from Early Years
Box 1
Tamalpa Institute
Box 1
Writings, 1967
Box 1
Movement Ritual
Box 1
Kadosh
Box 1
American Dance Season, ANTA Theater, 1955
Box 1
Apartment 6, 1963
Box 1
Five-Legged Stool, 1964
Box 1
Birds of America, 1964
Box 1
Parades and Changes
Box 1
Myths, 1970
Box 1
Hunter College Performance, 1970
Box 1
Male-Female Rituals, 1974
Box 1
Trace Dance, 1977
Box 1
Search for Living Myths and Rituals, 1981
Box 1
In the Mountain, On the Mountain, 1981-1985
Box 1
Citydance
Box 1
Experiments in the Environment Workshop
Box OS1
Flyers and Programs
Box 1
Writings and Reviews
Box 1
Annual Reports 1965-1967
Box 1
Documentation Summer 1974
Box 1
Documentation Winter 1975
Box 1
Information Packet, 1976
Box 1
Reach out Program Documentation, 1979
Box 1
Philosophy
Box 1
Publicity
Box 1
Performances
Box 1

Historical Note

Anna Halprin (b. 1920) is a pioneering dancer and choreographer of the post-modern dance movement. She enrolled in the University of Wisconsin in the late 1930s where she studied with Margaret D'Houbler and developed a strong interest in collaboration and improvisation in response to more formalized modern dance techniques. Over her long career, Halprin has stretched the perceived boundaries of dance to include theater, visual art, myth, ritual, and individual and collective healing. She founded the San Francisco Dancer's Workshop in 1955 as a center for movement training, artistic experimentation, and public participatory events open to the local community. Large-scale public pieces such as Circle the Earth and Myths demonstrated the development of Halprin's unique expressive and transformative arts technique. Halprin's own battle with cancer has deepened her interest in dance as a tool for transforming the suffering of age, illness, and death. In 1978 she co-founded the Tamalpa Institue with her daughter Daria as a research and educational non-profit in the field of movement-based healing arts. Halprin has created 150 full-length dance theater works and is the recipient of numerous awards including the 1997 Samuel H. Scripps Award for Lifetime Achievement in Modern Dance from the American Dance Festival. She is the co-creator of the RSVP Cycle, a creative methodology that can be applied to many disciplines beyond dance. Her students include Meredith Monk, Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Ruth Emmerson, Sally Gross, and many others.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Anna Halprin Papers, American Dance Festival Archives.

Provenance

The Anna Halprin Papers were received by the American Dance Festival as a gift.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Cotterman, June 2009

Encoded by Dean Jeffrey, June 2009