Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin


Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin

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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

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Critic Reviews for Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

  • She still dances beautifully, with dignity and the intensity to the marrow that takes your breath away.

    Jul 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

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  • 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.

    May 6, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A vivid and haunting portrait of an artist's long career, filled with snippets of dance film that make you want to see more...

    May 6, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    May 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 23, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    Apr 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin

  • Mar 14, 2013
    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!
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2010
    Beautiful, inspiring documentary about dance pioneer Anna Halprin, whose free-flowing, improvisational style both scandalized and revolutionized modern dance. Examines both her life and her sources of inspiration, "Breath Made Visible" is a haunting portrait of a singular and brilliant artist.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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