Anna Halprin

Updated
30 Nov 2016

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Anna Halprin. Photo by Kent Reno.

Anna Halprin is a pioneering choreographer whose work has led to a reconsideration of dance as an art form. Since the late 1930s, Halprin has created 150 full-length dance theater works. In 1955, she founded the groundbreaking San Francisco Dancer's Workshop, and her former students include Trisha Brown, Simon Forti, Meredith Monk, Yvonne Rainer, and many others. Over the years, Halprin's famous outdoor deck at her home in Kentfield, CA has been an explorative haven for a wide range of dancers and choreographers, including Merce Cunningham, Eiko and Koma, and Min Tanaka and Anne Collod; composers such as John Cage, Luciano Berio, Terry Riley, LeMonte Young, and Morton Subotnick; visual artists such as Robert Morris and Robert Whiteman; poets such as Richard Brautigan, James Broughton, and Michael McClure; and countless others. Her numerous honors include the Doris Duke Impact Award (2014); the Samuel H. Scripps Award for Lifetime Achievement in Modern Dance (1997), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1970), among others.