Interview with Anna Halprin

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Interview with Anna Halprin
Halprin, Anna (Interviewee)

Anna Halprin Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1991
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-7326
Halprin, Anna
Circle the earth (Choreographic work : Halprin)
Arts -- Therapeutic use
Dance therapy
Mind and body
AIDS (Disease)
HIV-positive persons
Dance workshops and workshop performances
Acquisition: Gift; Anna Halprin; 2012.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (124 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Discussion beings abruptly with Anna Halprin talking about the Killer on the mountian myth; relating this myth to the workshop/performances of Circle the earth: Dancing with live on the line; how this work is an AIDS piece, but also incorporates therapy, anthropology and politics; using movement to create change; the life art process; what motivates Halprin to totally commit herself to this process; using the term idiosyncratic art; incorporating drawing into her process; her use of nature; how she formed her company and began performing internationally; using and defining the term "myth and ritual" for the purpose of creating change; the metaphor of the Killer on the mountain; the idea of the myth; does she consider her work dance and art; dance is a healing art; the format of Circle the earth and its process relating to healing, along with the preparation and creation process; the healing the earth process entitled, Earth run on the mountain; the Vortex dance and the participant's fears; why the work needs a narrator; how she makes decisions about the direction of the dance by following a process of creating dance scores which defines the guidlines; how feelings are triggered during these scores; creating a trusting atmosphere with no judgement; guidelines for behaviors and boundries; dance and healing and confronting your killer while still having a safety net; story about a dancer with a low T-cell count leaving dance to find more fullfilling and satisfying work as a gardener; the work, Carry me home, and how it was created due to three participants illnesses; the process of acknowledging grief when participants die; purpose of the performances include having witness support and the act of embodiment, empowerment, and renewal; observing a Native American Sun Dance and learning a valuable lesson about being an important witness and having a role to play when Halprin was hit with a stick by an elderly indian for looking away from the dance when her husband fainted; and concludes with three stories about participants and how they brought the community of participants together [ends abruptly].
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19761228
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c8ed3830-352a-0131-fbf8-3c075448cc4b
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Anna Halprin" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1991.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Anna Halprin" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 27, 2024.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1991). Interview with Anna Halprin Retrieved from

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Interview with Anna Halprin