Merce Cunningham, Ruth Beckford and Anna Halprin on Halprin's dance deck, 1952. Photo by Ted Streshinsky for Dance Magazine, Courtesy Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

Happy Birthday, Anna Halprin!

Postmodern legend Anna Halprin is 97(!) today, and, as luck would have it, her work is currently being celebrated in three major exhibitions around the world:


"Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California & New York, 1955–1973"

UCSB Dance Company performed Halprin's "Paper Dance" at a Radical Bodies Event at Kaye Playhouse. Photo Reiko Yanagi.

The exhibition, which moved from UC Santa Barbara to New York City in May, traces the impact of Halprin and two of her iconic students on the American postmodern dance scene. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Through Sept. 16.

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Anna Halprin's Score for Male and Female Dance Rituals is on display at documenta 14. Photo by Mathias Völzke, Courtesy documenta 14.

Halprin's inclusion in the international contemporary art exhibition, which runs for 100 days every five years, emphasizes her collaborative work with her husband, architect Lawrence Halprin, and her impact on the San Francisco Bay Area, with scores for events dating back to the '60s on display. Athens, Greece, through July 16. Kassel, Germany, through Sept. 10.

Viva Arte Viva

The Venice Biennale's international arts exhibition will highlight Halprin's Planetary Dance, an annual community event for peace enacted all over the world that marked the opening of the exhibition on May 12 and had its 37th Bay Area iteration in June. Through Nov. 26.

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Dancers at work in USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance's facilities. Photo by Ema Peter, Courtesy USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Meet 5 Recent USC Kaufman Grads Making Waves in the Dance Industry

Since welcoming its first freshman BFA class in 2015, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance has made a name for itself. The Los Angeles dance program is known for creating versatile artists in a collaborative, innovative training environment, and its alumni are already making bold professional leaps.

Dance Magazine caught up with five recent grads to see where they've landed and how USC Kaufman and its career services department prepared them for their future in the dance industry.

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