Anna Halprin

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.


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We asked Center colleagues, interlocutors, grantees, and staff: “What inspired you this year?”

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The fourth iteration of danceworkbook, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, is a dynamic reexamination of the early dances of one of America’s most influential contemporary choreographers.

Grants & Grantees

New Paradise Laboratories is an experimental performance ensemble that explores radical means to bend conventional ideas of theater.

Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Center-funded production of Twelfth Night was featured in Time Out New York.

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Grants & Grantees

FringeArts presented Lucinda Childs’s Dance at its 2010 festival and organized a film series about the life and career of Childs and collaborator Philip Glass.

This essay is a revision of a paper delivered at the University of Texas as part of “An Uncanny Beauty: A Celebration of Deborah Hay Performance and Symposium,” held April 7–8, 2010.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Licia Perea is the artistic director of Danzantes and has been awarded two choreographer’s fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.