By Libby Worth
This guidebook lines the life's paintings of radical dance-maker Anna Halprin, documenting her early profession as a contemporary dancer within the Nineteen Forties via to the advance of her groundbreaking method of dance as an obtainable artwork shape. existence and paintings -- idea and perform -- The mountain performances, Circle the earth, and The planetary dance -- functional explorations
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The need for a method that could enable groups to work collectively across difference became apparent and precipitated the evolution of the RSVP Cycles for collective creativity (see Chapter 2). As a result of the Watts project, the Dancers’ Workshop transformed into a multi-racial group. The Reach Out programme, which received government funding for 12 years, was established to enable the participation of people from a cross-section of racial and cultural backgrounds, training them to become creative facilitators within their communities, and teachers and artists in their own right.
Using their own development of the process, ‘resource, search, evaluation and presentation’, the Répère method has contributed to Lepage’s work with continuously evolving performances based, in part, on audience response. DANCE AWARDS Ironically after so many years of feeling more accepted by and in sympathy with the theatrical avant-garde, Halprin’s achievements have gradually been acknowledged within the dance world with a series of awards. In 1980 during the twenty-ﬁfth anniversary year of the San Francisco Dancers’ Workshop she was awarded the American Dance Guild’s Award in recognition of her work as one of the nation’s leading exponents of experimental dance.
Halprin came to believe that ‘each of us is our own art’ and that restrictions in personal/emotional expression would result in corresponding artistic limitations (Halprin 1995: 112). The integration of therapeutic techniques into her creative training reﬂected Halprin’s desire to create ‘authentic’ performances and laid the foundations for the Life/Art Process which has become the hallmark of Halprin’s approach. ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO THE BODY Throughout her working life Halprin has maintained a lively curiosity about alternative approaches to the body.