Anna Halprin/Anne Collod & guests:
parades & changes, replays
Nov 5–8, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 7, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 8, 3 pm
Tickets $25, MCA members $20, Students $10
(student tickets are subject to availability)
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Recommended for mature audiences
…aesthetic rigor, intense emotions, it speaks to everyone, nothing is missing. – Le Monde
parades & changes, replays is a full scale re-creation of the masterpiece Parades & Changes, a major 1965 work of American postmodern dance legend Anna Halprin. The provocative Parades & Changes, Halprin’s first “collective creation” dynamited the codes dominating dance by exposing the process of performance: improvising around several “scores,” dancers dress and undress, inventing gestures and vanishing naked in rolls of skin colored paper. This “ceremony of trust,” as it was named by Halprin, seeks to utilize dance as a medium for being together: her prolific composition addresses the process, the place, the action, and the performer as both unique and corresponding entities.
Now, in collaboration with Halprin, French choreographer/performer Anne Collod seeks to reactivate the revolutionary piece with parades & changes, replays. With an exceptional team of contemporary American and European performers, parades & changes, replays examines the original message of collectiveness through a contemporary lens: in what way and to what extent does being together invented then and there, concern us now?
About the Artists
In dialogue with Anna Halprin, concept and artistic director Anne Collod brings parades & changes, replays to the MCA Stage. Since beginning their research in 2003, Collod and Halprin have collaborated in both performance and workshops, including the March 2006 inauguration of the Anna Halprin exhibition Anna Halprin à l’origine de la performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France. A graduate in biology and in the development of natural spaces, she chose to train in contemporary dance and then started performing with Pierre Deloche, Philippe Decouflé, Stéphanie Aubin and La Camionetta. She co-founded the Quatuor Albrecht Knust (1993-2001), dedicated to recreating choreographic works from the early 20th century (by Doris Humphrey, Vaslav Nijinsky, Yvonne Rainer and Steve Paxton, among others).
Anna Halprin is one of the most important and original thinkers working in performance, as she has been since before the 1960s. Her impact on dance, theatre, and ritual is immense, positive, and life-giving. – Richard Schechner
Working in a field obsessed with surfaces, she plumbs the motive for movement, seeking and finding ways to heal the world. – Village Voice
A pioneer of postmodern dance and performance, Anna Halprin has profoundly influenced and renewed dance, music and the visual arts for more than 60 years. Ever-willing to adapt her work to the present moment, her approach has led to a broad redefinition of dance. In 1945, while a choreographer and a soloist with Doris Humphrey, she left New York and settled on the west coast of the United States, thus starting one of the 20th century’s most radical and fertile artistic adventures, whose effects continue to inform many fields of art. Her summer workshops were the meeting-place for artists such as Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, Simone Forti and Robert Morris, who in particular practised the famous “tasks”, a novel concept that introduced everyday gestures into the realm of dance and decisively influenced American post-modern dance. Anna Halprin has unstintingly explored and encouraged the creative process, especially in its collective form. She challenges ways of thinking as well as aesthetic and political norms, using scores, collective creation, improvisation and experimentation in natural surroundings. She has been involved in antiwar protest movements, and has undertaken long-term artistic work with AIDS and cancer patients. Halprin is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a lifetime achievement in choreography from the American Dance Festival, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has created 150 full-length dance theater works, which are extensively documented in photographs, books and on film. At the age of 88, she is still dancing, teaching and producing new work with fervor.
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Running Time: 1 hr 45 min (no intermission)
parades & changes, replays is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Dance initiative administered by New England Foundation for the Arts.
parades & changes, replays is also funded in part by FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, a program of the National Dance Project/ New England Foundation for the Arts and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the French American Cultural Exchange and the Florence Gould Foundation.