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San Francisco Dancers Workshop at the Old First Center For the Arts' Candlelight Series
San Francisco Dancers' Workshop
Date Created and/or Issued
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Museum of Performance and Design, Performing Arts Library
California Revealed from Museum of Performance and Design
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Anna Halprin is recognized as a pioneer of postmodern dance in America and her papers are one of the Museum's most heavily used, drawing inquiries and researchers from around the world. Since moving to California in the 40s, Anna has worked with many of the major names in modern and post-modern music and dance. In 1955, she began an experimental dance group known as the San Francisco Dancers' Workshop. Through integration of primitive and modern dance, as well as the use of improvisation, Halprin and her students developed a conception of dance that moved away from pre-determined choreography and allowed for individual, spontaneous movement. She pioneered the use of pictorial dance scores in place of choreography, and also focused on incorporating audience participation. She later used dance to help people face real life issues, and integrated therapeutic concepts and techniques into her work. Along with creating city dances for the people of San Francisco, Halprin devised workshops and rituals to help cancer and AIDS patients. Throughout many years of experimentation, Halprin has served as a catalyst for breaking down the boundaries between life and art. Video by Demystavision. Videographers Bill Bathurst, Ron Blanchette, Jed Handler. Features Anna Halprin's San Francisco Dancers Workshop at the Old First Center For the Arts' Candlelight Series for a participatory performance/workshop. Performers included: Barbara Cortez, Joseph Crudup, D.C., Carolyn Himura, Barbara Mistueda, Nakula, James Nasi, Suki Rappaport, Benito Santiago, G.H. Soto, and Shimon Van Collie. Musicians included: Robert Conlem, Wendy Palmer, and Fred Sharp. Consultants included: Jim Nixon, James Xavier Nash, Patrick Hickey.
014.035.699: Spine label: Dancers Workshop Candlelight I 4/9/76. Reel Label: Sony Special / Old First Church / Ann Halprin / Candlelight Ceremony 4/9/76. 014.035.700: Spine Label: Dancers Workshop Candlelight II 4/9/76. Reel Label: Dancers Workshop Old First Church Candlelight Ceremony 4/9/76
moving image
1/2 inch videotape
Experimental films
2 Tapes of 2
csfpal_000208_t01; csfpal_000208_t02
Halprin, Anna
San Francisco Dancers' Workshop
Hickey, Patric
Hixon, Jim
Nash, James Xavier
San Francisco (Calif.)
Old First Church (San Francisco, Calif.)
Museum of Performance + Design
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