Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin (2010)
Synopsis: BREATH MADE VISIBLE is the first feature length film about the life and career of Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer who has helped redefine our notion of modern art with her belief in dance's power to teach, heal, and transform at all ages of life. This cinematic portrait blends recent interviews with counterparts such as the late Merce Cunningham, archival footage, including her establishment of the first multiracial dance company in the U.S., and excerpts of current performances such as "Parades and Changes" at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, to weave a stunning, inspiring account of one of the most important cultural icons in modern dance. -- (C): Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin
She still dances beautifully, with dignity and the intensity to the marrow that takes your breath away.
Cutting-edge artists require more sure-footed guides than you'll find in Breath
Breath Made Visible is an admiring documentary portrait of Anna Halprin, a woman so remarkable it is hard to fit her into the confines of a film, let alone a sentence.
A vivid and haunting portrait of an artist's long career, filled with snippets of dance film that make you want to see more...
It's no small feat to make a legend life-sized and accessible without dispelling her greatness and mystique, yet Gerber pulls off a delicate tightrope act with relaxed ease.
A rare chance to see Anna Halprin at work over the last 50 years. Not the same as seeing her in person but close.
In the same way that listening to a clip of a song is less satisfying than grooving to the whole number, so too is a snippet of a dance number less edifying than watching the entire piece.
Packed with illuminating interviews and lyrical movement, Breath Made Visible portrays a woman with angels in her feet and innovation in her blood. Long may she rock.
At nearly 90 years old, an age when most people are sitting around wait ing for the Grim Reaper, envelope-pushing, modern-dance pioneer Anna Halprin is still mentally and physically spry.
A fascinating, heartwarming and delightful inspiration for your mind, body and soul.
This documentary about the innovative dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin is an excellent introduction to post-modern dance and to an iconic American artist whose work is now little-known outside of dance circles.
Not artsy, or about 'art' per se, 'Breath Made Visible' inspires but, given demographics, a viable audience may prove hard to drum up.
So much information, context and personality is squeezed into such a succinct package that, primer or not, you're left with a strongly realized sense of who Halprin is and what she's accomplished.
Finally, as she approaches her 90th birthday, San Rafael-based modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin is honored with a documentary that reflects her wide influence and eternally questing spirit.
An exquisite and engrossing documentary on the profound and playful life and work of dance legend Anna Halprin.
Audience Reviews for Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin
Magnificent! What an incredible woman. This film manages to capture why modern dance may be my favorite art form. I see it as using the body as the medium and space as the canvas in which the performer creates an abstraction of some aspect of life which the audience then is free to interpret in a very personal way. There were so many beautiful images in this documentary and at several times I found myself wiping away tears of pleasure at the sheer magnitude of the emotions being portrayed. I would love to own this one to remind myself that it is never too late, that one is never too old, to find beauty in nature and to express it through dance. I absolutely loved this and give it five stars!More
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