Anna Halprin’s “The Paper Dance” from Parades and Changes (1965)
Reconstruction and Direction, 2017, 2018.
Working with Anna Halprin, to guide and direct her seminal protest piece, “The Paper Dance” from Parades and Changes (1965). An improvisational score, this work was made with the University of California at Santa Barbara students as part of the Radical Bodies exhibit in January of 2017.
This improvisational score became the structure for embodied conversations about oppression, the political act of reclaiming the body as one’s own, and freedom in the natural body. The power and success of this iteration led to further performances, including the Hunter Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York, fifty years after it’s US premiere in 1967, TrinityLaban in London, and additionally in Santa Barbara.
A second commission in June 2018 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Anna’s alma mater, from the generous gift of Jodi Arnhold. I guided a second group of students to perform, representing the Dance Department, as part of the 60’s reunion.