By Ursula Schorn
Anna Halprin is a world-famous theatre artist and early pioneer within the expressive arts therapeutic move. This ebook explores her own development as a dancer and choreographer and the advance of her healing and pedagogical procedure.
The authors, who every one educated with Halprin, introduce her inventive paintings and the 'Life/Art Process®' she built, an strategy that takes existence studies as a resource for creative expression. in addition they study the broader impression of Halprin's paintings at the fields of artwork, schooling, remedy and political motion and speak about how she crossed the conventionally outlined barriers among them.
Exploring Halprin's trust that dance could be a strong strength for transformation, therapeutic, schooling, and making our lives entire, this publication is a tribute to an outstanding physique of inventive and healing paintings and may be of curiosity to expressive arts therapists, dance move psychotherapists, dancers, functionality and group artists, and somebody with an curiosity in modern dance.
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The constant movement of the chairs, each in its own rhythm, has a quality that is meditative – and at the same time grotesque, there in the middle of a well-kept public lawn. Several levels are skilfully combined here: the stimulating design in terms of imagery and process; the performative play on inner and outer space; individual and collective experience; emotional transformation. Here, Anna Halprin once more gives form to what has been her life’s work: giving form to the perceptible differentiation between, and coexistence of, body, mind and spirit on the three levels of awareness – sensing (movement), feeling (emotions), thinking (images and thoughts) – that she herself was taught to recognise by her teacher in Wisconsin.
Personal processes and group processes had to be understood, and new ways found for dealing with emotional content. The founder of Gestalt therapy was approached: Fritz Perls, who taught during the summer months at the Esalen Institute – the cradle of person-centred therapy south of San Francisco. He accompanied the lengthy process of rehearsal with the performers, who then played Apartment 6 for one month, three times a week, with an uncertain outcome every time. He saw to it that the SFDW performers brought to light the beliefs that underlay their actions and thinking, and fed them back into the process of possible inner change.
75 The Life and Work of Anna Halprin 47 In 1985 100 people actively took part in the ritual Circle the Mountain (see Figures 10, 11 and 12). Up to the last minute they kept altering the score, which – clear for all to see – allowed people who had joined in the group process at a late stage to participate as well. Onlookers at the performance were invited to take an active part in certain stages of the ritual. Part of this series, which was later called Circle the Earth, is the relatively closed score Earth Run, which in 1985 was danced simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles, Israel, Egypt, Japan and Berlin.
Anna Halprin: Dance - Process - Form by Ursula Schorn