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.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Cheng-Chieh Yu began her performing career with Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan. She is an associate professor in UCLA’s department of world arts and cultures/dance.

Grants & Grantees

Strange Currencies is the first exhibition to articulate a history for the unorthodox, artist-run spaces that emerged in Mexico City in the 1990s.

Elevator Repair Service’s production of The Sun Also Rises (The Select) was reviewed in the New York Times and Artforum after its premiere in New York City.

During a recent conversation at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, our visiting scholar Kristy Edmunds asked Philip Bither about making curatorial choices that lead to dynamic artistic experiences for audiences.

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Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”

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1812 Productions is the country’s only regional theater devoted entirely to comedy, with a history of over 50 shows.

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FringeArts presented Australian dance company Chunky Move’s Mortal Engine, a dance piece that incorporates video, music, and laser performance with sound-initiated projections.

During a recent conversation at the Center, our visiting scholar Kristy Edmunds and Philip Bither, Senior Curator at the Walker Art Center, discussed the role audiences play in conserving performance works—what Edmunds describes as “art forms which we can’t collect, and preserve, or own.”

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Moments of grace or insight or good writing actually are dependent on a day-to-day process.

A simulcast of the Supper, People on the Move performance at the Icebox, screened outdoors at Independence Mall, free and open to the public.

Local ministers and their choirs will participate in a church meeting revival, offering a praise and worship opportunity for the entire community.