YBCA is having another spectacular party as to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Anna Halprin: At the Origin of Performance. Halprin will present an excerpt of her piece, Awaken, with dancers Iu-Hui (Ue) Chua, Christian Nagler, Terre Parker, Joy Cosculluela and Soto Hoffman in YBCA’s Bamboo Courtyard.
Pioneer of postmodern dance and performance, Halprin is known for blurring boundaries: between art forms, professional and amateur, performer and audience. Her radical improvisational experiments took her San Francisco company outside the theater where they danced on the street wearing ordinary clothing. Halprin’s gift to postmodern dance was the “task,” the idea that everyday activities were worthy of exploration—like Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, Halprin showed us how extraordinary the ordinary can be. Diagnosed with cancer in 1972, Halprin made a characteristically bold decision: she had dedicated her life to art; from now on she would dedicate her art to life, working with cancer and AIDS patients to integrate creativity into daily existence through what she calls the life-art process.
Anna Halprin: At the Origin of Performance
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Thu, Jan 17 • 6–9pm
YBCA Grand Lobby & Galleries
701 Mission Street @ 3rd
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
FREE for YBCA Members and a guest