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Anna Halprin
Anna Halprin at the University of San Francisco.
Anna Halprin at the University of San Francisco November 2010.
Anna Schuman

(1920-07-13)July 13, 1920
Died May 25, 2021(2021-05-25) (aged 100)
Occupation Dancer
Years active 1938-2020

Anna Dorothy Halprin (born Anna Schuman; July 13, 1920 – May 25, 2021) was an American dancer. She helped create the experimental art form known as postmodern dance and referred to herself as the breaker of modern dance. Born in Winnetka, Illinois she spent her entire career in San Francisco, California

Halprin, along with her contemporaries such as Trisha Brown, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer, John Cage, and Robert Morris, collaborated and built a community based around the ideas of post-modern dance. In the 1950s, she created the San Francisco Dancers’ Workshop to give artists like her a place to practice their art.

Halprin died on May 25, 2021 in San Francisco just two months before her 101st birthday.

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