Radical Bodies

Posted on Jan 14 by SEASONS Magazine

Anna Halprin in Apartment 6, Helsinki, Finland 1965. Photo by Hank Kranzler, courtesy of the Museum of Performance + Design, San Francisco

Anna Halprin in Apartment 6, Helsinki, Finland 1965. Photo by Hank Kranzler, courtesy of the Museum of Performance + Design, San Francisco

“Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin; Simone Forti; Yvonne Rainer in California and New York 1955-1972” is on display at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UCSB from January 14 to April 30. The opening reception will take place on January 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

What began as their experimental dance workshop in 1960 evolved into a groundbreaking, radicalized choreography collaboration that continues to influence artists around the world. Radical Bodies reunites postmodern dance trailblazers Anna Halprin, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer through photographs, documents, videos, and original scores and works of art. This exhibition was curated by Ninotchka D. Bennahum (Professor of Theater and Dance, UCSB), Wendy Perron (Former Editor in Chief, Dance Magazine; Adjunct Professor, NYU Tisch School of the Arts) and Bruce Robertson (Professor of Art History and Director of the AD&A Museum). Contributing artists include Imogen Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, and George Brecht, amongst others.

UCSB will host several events this month in honor of Halprin, Forti and Rainer. There will be a film screening of Yvonne Rainer’s sixth feature Privilege on January 25 at 7 p.m. at Pollock Theater. UCSB Film and Media Studies Professor Constance Penley will moderate a Q&A session following the film.

On January 27, Halprin, Forti and Rainer will come together for a conference on the Radical Bodies exhibition in the McCune Conference Room of UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. The conference will span from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exhibition’s opening reception following it from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m at the AD&A Museum. At 8 p.m., Rainer and company will perform the West Coast Premiere of her most recent work, titled “The Concept of Dust,” at UCSB’s Hatlen Theater.

January 28,  Hatlen Theater will host another tribute performance at 7 p.m. The evening, aptly named An Evening of Dance, will feature the UCSB Student Dance Company performing Halprin’s “The Paper Dance.”

For hours and more information, visit www.museum.ucsb.edu.

—Victoria Tai Murphy

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