February 13th 2013 6-8pm, Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Room G001
The Centre for Arts Therapies Research (CATR) presents Breath Made Visible
Breath Made Visible is the first feature length film about the life and career of Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer who helped redefine modern art. This cinematic portrait blends recent interviews with counterparts such as the late Merce Cunningham and archival footage including Anna’s creation of the first multiracial company in the US and excerpts of the recent revival of her seminal performance, Parades and Changes at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, to weave a stunning and inspiring account of one of the most important cultural icons in modern dance.
Short and snappy documentary on the veteran dance pioneer with a great gusto for life' - The Guardian
'Pushing 90 and still pushing boundaries, this avant-garde West Coast choreographer is finally packaged and immortalized in ‘Breath Made Visible,’ a well-deserved tribute to a woman who can’t stand still' - The New York Times
Anna Halprin is widely credited for ‘creating revolutionary directions for the art form and inspiring fellow choreographers to take modern dance to new dimensions’ over the past seven decades. Her seminal exploration of dance improvisation was deeply influential on the artists of Judson Church Theatre in New York. Anna’s seminal work with dance and those living with life-threatening illness inspired Dance Art Foundation’s Breathing Space programme founded by Artistic Director Joe Moran in 2002.
Joe Moran joins this special screening to offer an insight into the artistic ethos that underpins the Breathing Space programme and its context within Dance Art Foundation and his wider artistic work. Following the film, Joe joins Dr Beatrice Allegranti, Director Centre for Arts Therapies Research (CATR), in a Q&A discussion to explore the, oftentimes contentious, boundaries between performance and therapy in dance.
Joe Moran is a choreographer, dancer and Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation. He creates bold, daring and distinctive new works that navigate the meeting points between full-bodied dancing and critical thought. A semi-finalist for The Place Prize 2012, Joe’s work has been presented in theatres, galleries and public spaces in the UK and internationally. As a dancer, Joe has worked with many distinguished choreographers including Deborah Hay (USA), Siobhan Davies (UK), Christopher House (Toronto Dance Theatre) and Pontus Pettersson (Sweden). Joe founded Dance Art Foundation in 2000, through which his performance and curatorial work is produced and through which he directs the national Breathing Space dance-in-health programme.
Beatrice Allegranti is Reader in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Director of the pioneering Centre for Arts Therapies Research (CATR) at the University of Roehampton. For the past 20 years she has developed a hybrid and path breaking approach as a clinician, choreographer and filmmaker in the UK and internationally. Her engagement within the feminist tradition stems from a desire to challenge taken-for-granted ideas about women, men and the politics of moving bodies in science and culture. Beatrice has worked with a combination of eminent dance makers and psychotherapists including: Steve Paxton (US), Deboray Hay (US), Ian Spink (UK), Meredith Dufton (UK), Arnold Mindell (US). www.embodiedpractice.co.uk
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