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BREATH MADE VISIBLE

http://www.breathmadevisible.com/

Directed by Ruedi Gerber
2009, 80 min

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REVIEWS

Best 2010 Documentary Film
Dance Magazine

Interview of Anna Halprin, Houston Chronicle

"Gerber captures Halprin's life and work with grace and reverence".

Nancy Wozny, Houston Chronicle

"[an] extraodinary respect shown by the filmmaker for aging and its artistic ramifications as manifest in the body, mind, and spirit of one remarkable woman".

Michael Wade Simpson, 4 chiles, Santa Fe New Mexican

"A perfect space for her continuing legacy to move and breathe".

Valentina Tapia, Tiny Mix Tapes

"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."
Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"An interesting contemplation about what it means to live an artistic life".

LA Dance Examiners

"Exquisite and engrossing"
Spirituality & Practice

"A vivid and haunting portrait"

Seattle Times

"A simple and profound statement about the power of art to heal and transform our lives."

CAMPUS CIRCLE

"Seeing this film—with its whimsy, warmth, affection, and humor—one comes away with a sense of Anna Halprin as a national treasure."
Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine

"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."

New York Times

"A loving, energetically composed documentary treatment that makes a convincing case for her place in American cultural and social history."
New York Magazine

"An excellent introduction to post-modern dance and to an iconic American artist".

Filmjournal.com

"Halprin clearly cherishes every moment of her life, just as audiences will cherish every moment of BREATH MADE VISIBLE".

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK

 

"A fascinating testimonial to the healing age- defying powers of both [Anna Halprin's] art and artistry".

TIME OUT NEW YORK

 

" A fascinating history of postmodern dance as seen through the the life of one of its innovators".

CHICAGO READER

"It's hard to overestimate the influence the dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin has had on New York dance, even though she has made a point of staying far from the city [...]."

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Julie Bloom

"[...] stirring, magnificently edited"

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Feature: "The dancer from the Dance"

PACIFIC SUN

" [...] a portrait of an anything but conventional woman, artist and thinker."

SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

" It's no small feat to make a legend life-size and accessible without despelling her greatness and mystique, yet Gerber pulls off a delicate tightrope act with relaxed ease."

SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY

 

"Engaging. Illustrative. The quintessential Left Coast choreographer Anna Halprin has helped push the boundaries of modern dance.

VARIETY , Dennis Harvey

" A fascinating subject"

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, Leba Hertz

"Ms. Halprin becomes quite as rich a subject for film as Ms.Monk: another odd face, another wonderfully calm (though ardently enthusiastic) and open talker, another (and senior) artist who responds to both politics and scenery."
THE NEW YORK TIMES

" An intelligent, beautifully photographed, smartly edited film [...]. Gerber's film reveals not only the important artistic influences Halprin had on such distinghuished artists as Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, and Yvonne Rainer, but also what a groundbreaking force Halprin was in political and other cultural arenas."
BACKSTAGE

 

SYNOPSIS

For the last seven decades, Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer, has redefined our notions of modern art by exploring one question in her work: What is important in life? The search for that answer has ushered in such revolutionary experimentation in theater, music, and performance that it's reach extends beyond the arts and into our cultural conscious. Anna has not only succeeded in fusing art and life but has developed a new mindset: one that hails the vitality of existence and debunks the 'limitations of age.'

BREATH MADE VISIBLE is the first feature documentary about the life and career of Anna Halprin. The film takes its audience from Halprin’s initial explorations of dance in her childhood to the experimental performances conducted on a dance deck under Californian redwood trees, through her spectacular tours in Europe, her withdrawal from the stage due to illness, and, finally, her triumphant return.

Previously unreleased archival footage further extends the subject matter from a personal portrait of an artist to what is essentially the history of the socially and politically committed art of dance performance in North America. In a profoundly touching interview, the late Merce Cunningham reflects: “Anna is a prophet, a philosopher.” In 1955, Anna established the world-famous San Francisco Dancers Workshop, which included John Graham and A.A. Leath. They would go on to earn the highest critical acclaim and controversy in Sweden while causing scandal in the U.S. for their use of nudity in their performances. In the ‘60s, Halprin would break down more barriers by finding the first multicultural dance company – a poignant symbol of black and white coming together.

At the heart of the film is Anna's relationship to her husband and world renowned architect, Lawrence Halprin (Roosevelt Memorial), which allows the film to transcend the medium of dance, just as Anna’s work does, to become a universal tale about survival and expression.

An early pioneer in the expressive arts healing movement, the film delves into Anna's work with cancer patients (Anna herself is a survivor), AIDS patients, and the elderly through the use of dance as a method of healing and becoming whole. As she recalls: “Before I had cancer, I lived my life for my art, after I had cancer I lived my art for my life.”

The recent battles that her own husband has been waging with illness would lead Anna to turn her grief into art once more through the dance routine “Intensive Care” in 2004. With the aid of truly awe-inspiring footage, Halprin can be seen making her triumphant return to the stage at the youthful age of 80. A few years later, during her 15 minute solo performance at the sold out Joyce Theater in New York, Halprin profoundly whispered to her audience: “There are so many more dances yet to do – with all you!”

 

 

 

 

 


audience award
mill valley film festival
locarno film festival

 

recent Screenings


June 10, 2012
Rosendale, NY
Rosendale Theatre Collective


February 17-19, 2012
Regina Public Library Film Theatre
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
http://www.reginalibrary.ca/blogs/index.php?blog=9

February 10, 2012
San Diego Jewish Film Festival
San Diego, CA
http://www.sdcjc.org/sdjff/

January 12, 2012
Coming of Age Film Festival
Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego, CA
http://www.sdcomingofage.com/
Anna Halprin in person

December 5, 2011
Washington Jewish Film Festival
Washington, DC

http://www.wjff.org

November 13, 2011

Boston Jewish Film Festival

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston, MA

http://www.bjff.org/
Director Ruedi Gerber in person

May 14 & 15, 2011
O Cinema

Miami, FL

http://www.o-cinema.org/

April 11, 2011

7pm

Portland Jewish Film Festival

NWFilm Center

Portland, OR

http://www.nwfilm.org/
Anna Halprin in person!

March 18-27, 2011, Montpelier, VT

April 1-3, 2011, St. Johnsbury, VT

Green Mountain Film Festival

http://www.greenmountainfilmfestival.org/

February 20-27, 2011
Sedona International Film Festival
Sedona, AZ
http://www.sedonafilmfestival.com/

January 27, 2011
7pm

Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival

Las Vegas, NV

http://www.desertspace.org/film_festival/2010/index.html
Director Ruedi Gerber in person

January 27, 2011
O'Hanlon Center for the Arts
Mill Valley, CA
http://www.ohanloncenter.org/
Presented by Taira Restar artist, arts educator and Associate Teacher to Anna Halprin

January 20 - 22, 2011

Court Square Theater

Harrisonburg, VA

http://www.courtsquaretheater.com

January 23, 2011

Tuscon International Jewish Film Festival

Tucson, AZ

http://www.tucsonjewishfilmfestival.org/
Anna Halprin in person

November 21, 2010

Rafael Film Center

San Rafael, CA

http://www.cafilm.org/rfc/index.html

Anna Halprin in person 4:15pm

November 21, 2010

BigArts Center

Sanibel, FL

http://www.bigarts.org/

November 20, 2010

Teaneck International Film Festival

Teaneck, NJ

http://www.teaneckfilmfestival.org/

Director Ruedi Gerber in person

November 20, 2010
O'Hanlon Center for the Arts
Mill Valley, CA
http://www.ohanloncenter.org/
Presented by Taira Restar artist, arts educator and Associate Teacher to Anna Halprin

November 13 -14, 2010 at 7pm

November 20 - 21, 2010 at 5pm

Cinéma du Parc

Montreal, QC

Canada

http://www.cinemaduparc.com

Canada Premiere
Presented by Lucie Beaudry, Nia Technique teacher, a somatic educator, an expressive arts therapist and a visual artist.

September 17-19, 2010

Webster University Film Series

St Louis, MO

http://www.webster.edu/filmseries/

September 17- 18, 2010

Portland Art Museum

NW FilmCenter

Portland, OR

http://www.nwfilm.org/

Anna Halprin in person on Sept.18 at 7PM

July 18 & August 17, 2010

Arena Theater

Point Arena, CA

http://www.arenatheater.org/

Anna Halprin in person!

July 9-11, 2010

Museum of Fine Arts

Houston, TX

http://www.mfah.org/film

Cosponsored by the Jewish Community Center and the Pink Ribbons Project.

June 4-July 8, 2010
The Screen
Santa Fe, NM

http://www.thescreensf.com/

June 3-6, 2010
Time and Space Limited
Hudson, NY
http://timeandspace.org/

May 21-27, 2010
Denver Film Society
Denver, CO
http://www.denverfilm.org/

May 21-22, 2010
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oklahoma City, OK
http://www.okcmoa.com/

April 23- May 20, 2010
HELD OVER!
Cinema Village
New York, NY

http://www.cinemavillage.com
Q&A with director Ruedi Gerber on Fri. 4/30, Sat.5/1, and Sun 5/2 following the 7:30pm show.

May 7-20, 2010
HELD OVER!
Laemmle's Music Hall
Los Angeles, CA

http://www.laemmle.com
Anna Halprin and director Ruedi Gerber in person on May 7 & May 8 following the 7:40pm show.

May 15-16, 2010
Real Art Ways
Hartford, CT

http://www.realartways.org

May 15, 2010 -- 8:00PM
Rio Theater
Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.riotheatre.com/
Q & A with Anna Halprin following the screening

May 15, 2010
Mad Cap Theatres

Tempe, AZ

http://www.madcaptheaters.com/
Sponsored by Arizona State University Herberger Institute School of Dance

May 7-12, 2010
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
http://www.nwfilmforum.org/

May 8-9, 2010
Jacob Burns Film Center
Pleasantville, NY
http://www.burnsfilmcenter.org/

April 16-22, 2010
Gene Siskel Center
Chicago, IL
http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org

April 17, 2010
Carver Hill Gallery
Rockport, ME
http://www.carverhillgallery.com/

April 2-22, 2010
HELD OVER!
Roxie Theater
San Francisco, CA
http://www.roxie.com/
Anna Halprin and director Ruedi Gerber in person following the 6:45pm and 8:30pm shows on April 2

April 2-15, 2010
HELD OVER!
Elmwood Theater
Berkeley, CA
http://www.rialtocinemas.com/index.php?location=elmwood
Anna Halprin and director Ruedi Gerber in person at the 7pm and 9:30pm shows on April 3

April 2-8, 2010
Rafael Film Center
San Rafael, CA

http://www.cafilm.org/
Anna Halprin and director Ruedi Gerber in person following the 4:15pm show on April 4

March 15, 2010
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
San Luis Obispo, CA
http://www.slofilmfest.org/2010/index.shtml

February 12-21, 2010
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Missoula, MT
http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/

Februrary 11-14, 2010
Boulder International Film Festival
Boulder, CO
http://www.biff1.com/index.html

January 29 & February 1, 2010
Dance on Camera Film Festival
Walter Reade Theater
New York, NY
http://www.filmlinc.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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