Magazine article Dance Teacher

Special Workshop with Anna Halprin

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Special Workshop with Anna Halprin

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Postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin will be teaching a Tamalpa Institute-sponsored special workshop at her mountain home studio in Kentfield, California, April 14. Halprin is best known for defying traditional notions of dance, along with dancers such as Trisha Brown and Simone Forti. Halprin magnified the artform's potential to address social issues and facilitate healing through an ongoing Planetary Dance, which promotes peace among people and with the earth. For 35 years the dance has been performed in more than 50 countries, including Germany to commemorate ilie 50th auni veistu у of the end of World War II, and in Israel to bring people together amidst the IsraeliPalestinian conflict.

Q: Tell us about your approach to movement- Integrative Dance.

A: It's anatomically based, so that people learn a universal approach to movement. I don't want anyone to imitate the way I move; I want them to understand how their body operates. Then I want them to learn how to work the body with as little stress as possible. 1 feel that many forms of movement these days have a lot of stress and stretching that forces the body into positions that aren't appropriate for a person's particular physiology.

I go through basic movements, and then once the dancers have developed a mental awareness of then bodies, I like to encourage them to explore movement that they invent on their own. I encourage them to notice the feelings and emotions that arise when they do a fast movement, a slow movement or a jerky movement. …

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