SE.S.TA - Centre for Choreographic Developement
International Festival of Contemporary Dance Korespondance 2012

Photo: Breath Made Visible

a film by Ruedi Gerber

1. 12., 20.00
Theatre Alfred ve dvoře

Breath Made Visible is the first 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 counterpart, 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 Centre in Paris. The film weaves a stunning and inspiring account of one of the most important cultural icons of postmodern dance.

“I‘ve always said dance is the breath made visible and that covers about everything because once you stop breathing and the breath is no longer visible, you stop moving.”
Anna Halprin

  • Principal Interviewees: Anna Halprin, Lawrence Halprin, Daria Halprin, Rana Halprin, Merce Cunningham, John Graham, A. A. Leath and many more
  • In English
  • Length: 80 min



Born in the UK, regularly visits Prague as dancer for performances in the National Theatre. Herself a dancer of baroque and contemporary dance, she is also active as theatre and film actress. She participated in a range of projects by foreign choreographers and in operas. She gained her ample experience through close collaboration with the greatest personalities in baroque dance in Europe. With her current approach, she is giving baroque dance in Czech Republic an entirely new image. Her deep interest in the baroque led her to collaborate on the reconstruction of baroque operas and to create her own performances based on movement analysis and ethnochoreographic research, for example The Baroque Body Revealed, Pentimento and Vertical Horizontal. She has worked as a director, choreographer and dancer with the early music ensembles Collegium Marianum and Collegium 1704.