February 2, 2010

BackStage raves about the film in its coverage of the Dance on Camera Fest!!!

Filed under: Breath Made Visible

Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Dance Films Association at the Walter Reade Theater
Reviewed by Lisa Jo Sagolla
January 27, 2010
‘Breath Made Visible’

Scheduled for theatrical release this spring, director Ruedi Gerber’s “Breath Made Visible” gives the viewer an opportunity to spend 80 glorious minutes with the incomparable Halprin, an artist who stretched the boundaries of dance to the point where dancing and living became one and the same. An intelligent, beautifully photographed, smartly edited film, the documentary intersperses performance clips of Halprin with striking archival photographs and interview footage in which she, now 90, expresses her holistic notions of self, nature, and the dancing body. “Dance is the breath made visible,” Halprin says.

Having abandoned a professional dance career in New York to live with her husband in California, Halprin exerted her powerful influence on the dance world from a West Coast base. Beginning in the 1950s, she did much of her work on an enormous wooden deck her landscape-architect husband built for her among the trees behind their home.

Concentrating on Halprin’s organic integration of her personal life and her art, Gerber’s film reveals not only the important artistic influences Halprin had on such distinguished artists as Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, and Yvonne Rainer, but also what a groundbreaking force Halprin was in political and other cultural arenas. Halprin claims that her San Francisco–based troupe was America’s first interracial dance company. She was one of the earliest choreographers to work closely with psychologists and actors, exploring the deep connections between emotions and the physical body, and she made significant contributions to our understandings of dance as a healing art.

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