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Guide to the Anna Halprin Papers, 1957-1995

Summary

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.

Collection Details

ID
ADF.009
Title
Anna Halprin papers
Date
1957-1995
Creator
Halprin, Anna
Extent
1.33 Linear Feet
Repository
American Dance Festival Archives
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

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

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Arrangement

The Anna Halprin Papers are organized into three series: Publications, Festival Programs, and Subject Files.

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How to Cite

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

Contents of the Collection

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

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 Institute 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.


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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