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Anna Halprin - Out Of Boundaries - 53’ (2004)

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Produced and Directed :
Jacqueline Caux
Image :
Andy Abrahams Wilson and Marguerite Etermand
Video and Picture Archives :
Anna Halprin,
« Princess Spring Time » (1957),
« The Bed » (1957),
« Merce Cunningham on Anna Halprin dance deck »,
« Anna Halprin on dance deck »,
« Hangar » (1957),
« Procession » (1964),
« Parades and Changes » (1965 - 2000),
« The Bust » (1969),
« Dancing My Cancer » (1975),
« Intensive Care » (2000),
« Be With » (2001)
Pictures :
Cinémathèque de la Danse - Paris
Sound : Pascal Humbert
Editing : Dora Soltani
Music :
Pauline Oliveros « The Roots of The Moment »,
Terry Riley « Birds of Paradise »
Post production :
Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou Video Dance Service : Michèle Bargues
Production Manager : Murielle Dos Santos
Calibration : Didier Coudraie
Sound Mixing : Nicolas Joly
Bench-title: Yann Bellet
Conformation : Christian Bahier
Translation : TV 5

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Output of the DVD set of the two films on october 18, 2014. For sale at cati.mini[@]wanadoo.fr

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Selection :

- Nantes, Association Biped - September 7, 2013
- FIFA, 23rd International Festival of Films on Art - Montréal (Canada) - 2005xw

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Screenings :

- Montpellier Agora (France) - in relation with my conference "The impact of the Bauhaus on the artists of the Black Mountain College" - February 23, 2016. - Anthology Film Archives, Jonas Mekas - New York - June 2011 (USA)
- Saint-Etienne: Festival Avataria - Mining Museum
- Paris: Censier University - Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
- Paris: Centre Pompidou in the exhibition "Danser sa vie", November 23, 2011 to April 2, 2012
- Madrid: Casa Encendida
- Besançon: Institut des Beaux Arts
- Montpellier Danse, Avril 2011 (France)
- Le Grand Lux -Saint-Etienne - Exhibition « Anna Halprin - A l’origine de la performance » - April 2011
- TAP of Poitiers - Exhibition « Anna Halprin - A l’origine de la performance » - April 26 to 30, 2010 (France)
- Yerba Buena Museum - San Francisco - Exhibition « Anna Halprin - A l’origine de la performance » - San Francisco – January to April 2008 (USA)
- MAC, Museum of Contemporary Art of Lyon, Exhibition « Anna Halprin - A l’origine de la performance » - March to May 2006 (France)
- Vidéodanse - Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou – 2006 - Paris (France)
- Cinémathèque de la Danse - Festival d’Automne in Paris - 2004 (France)
- Beaux-Arts - Paris (France)
- Université Paris VIII - Paris (France)
- Instants Videos - Marseille (France)
- Films sur la danse - Ajaccio (France)
- CND - Rennes (France)
- CND - Quimper (France)
- Université Rennes II (France)
- La Passerelle - Saint Brieuc (France)
- La Médiathèque - Ploufragan (France)
- Le Quai - Angers (France)
- Le Quartz - Brest (France)
- Charleroi (Belgium)
- La Raffinerie - Bruxelles (Belgium)
- Genéve (Switzerland)
- Centre National de la danse - Lisbon (Portugal)

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This film captures from videotaped conversations and especially numerous excerpts of rehearsals, performances and rare archival footage, of fundamental changes made by Anna Halprin in the field of dance.

This film soundtrack music by Pauline Oliveros and Terry Riley who both have at various times, worked with her.

It was born in California in the mid-fifties, long before they swarm in New York, this form of artistic expression so peculiar that we later gave the name of performance. All those who participated in the outbreak of this phenomenon know Anna Halprin is an important pioneer. Born in 1920, she has literally exploded all agreements remained in contemporary dance by supporting research on the everyday actions, and taking into account the anatomy of man as well as his unconscious desires and his sexual impulses. She introduces in 1957 the concept of "task" (to perform actions such as dressing, undressing, walking...). Floor of sneakers or shoes with high heels, she improvises in parking lots, construction sites, in the street.

On the set dancing outdoors that her architect husband Lawrence Halprin has built below their house near San Francisco, it drives in her crazy adventures - to the extreme by galvanizing their own creativity - young artists from different fields still completely unknown. Dancers such as Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, Meredith Monk, as well as Robert Morris (before he choose the sculpture), which then introduce in New York on radical innovations of Anna Halprin, forming the core of "Judson Dance Theater. Composers like La Monte Young and Terry Riley, she called in 1959 co-musical directors and experimenting with her music minimalist and repetitive they are inventing. Other artists such as Charles Ross, a poet like James Broughton, filmmaker Stan Brakhage...

An important step while leading it to take into account more than ever the real in work, will Anna Halprin media spotlight away from the city of New York with all the artistic means at its disposal, it will be his fight against the cancer she suffered in 1972 with a recurrence in 1975. Cured, that's when she began working with cancer patients, and later of AIDS. "I'm not a therapist, she is to clarify," I am an artist who seeks to develop imaginative and personal social issues. For me, art is this: bring in a creative process things imposed on us. "

Environment California has strengthened the inspiration of Anna Halprin and has enabled her to celebrate away from demonstrative virtuosity, beauty of the natural movement of the human body. This, combined with its long association with disease and death, leading to her most recent improvisations in nature such as "Returning Home"and "Season" in 2003 or "Rocking Seniors"in October 2005.
Jacqueline Caux

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Press :

> Out of Boundaries - FIFA, 23rd International Festival of Films on Art - Montréal (Canada) - 2005

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