Seminal dance pioneer, Anna Halprin, mentor to generations of dancers and movers, will be in Portland September 16 through 19, for a film screening, a gathering at the Lovejoy Fountain designed by her husband Lawrence, and 2 workhops. This is a very special occasion indeed.


Anna Halprin will set a movement score on a group of performers as a tribute to her late hustand, Lawrence Halprin. One of the world’s leading landscape architects, Lawrence was influenced by Anna’s dance work and designed Lovejoy Fountain during a time in history when invitation “into” the fountain was a new idea. Likely the most underrated public space in Portland, Lovejoy Fountain is a phenomenal gathering point that offers a unique experience of the downtown area.

The score is simple. The process is rich. We are honored to have Anna here in Portland and to be part of this event. Please bring a book, some tea, a sandwich, and come hang out in the space as part of this special occasion.

Lovejoy Fountain is in the middle of a large area bordered by SW Harrison and SW Lincoln and 1st and 4th avenues.

Parking is limited and the streetcar is not running through there at the moment. Buses are running however, go to

The Portland premiere of a film about Anna and her work, Breath Made Visible, will show at Northwest Film Center Friday and Saturday (17th and 18th) at 7:00 p.m. Anna will introduce the film on Saturday, and will be joined by Portland writer/poet Lisa Radon for a post-film discussion.

Also, Anna will hold an historic two-day workshop on Saturday and Sunday (18th and 19th) at Conduit 12:30 to 5:30 both daysThe workshop is open to all ages and abilities, and I thoroughly. encourage you to attend. As always, working with Anna is a life-changing experience. Limited to 50, so register without delay! Click here to follow links to register online.

Thursday, September 16, 4-5:30PM
Reed College Dance Gym
Everyone Welcome!  No experience necessary

“… One of the most important theatre artists of the 20th century.”
–James Roose-Evans

Anna Halprin‘s  diverse career has spanned the field of dance since the late 1930s, creating revolutionary directions for teh art form and inspiring choreographers, composers, writers and visual artists.  An influential teacher and collaborator, Halprin has provided an explorative haven for choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Eiko & Koma, Trisha Brown, Meredith Monk and min Tanaka; composers such as John Cage, Luciano Berio, Terry Riley, leMonte Young, and morton subotnick; visual artists such as Robert Morris, Yvonne Rainer and Robert Whiteman; poets such as Richard Brautigan, James Broughton, and Michael McClure; and countless others.  Together with her husband, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, Anna developed the “RSVP Cycles” a conceptual tool that focuses on collaborative processes in the environment.

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