Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin
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Synopsis: BREATH MADE VISIBLE is the first feature length film about the life and career of Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer who has helped redefine our notion of modern art with her belief in dance's power to teach, heal, and transform at all ages of life. This cinematic portrait blends recent interviews with counterparts such as the late Merce Cunningham, archival footage, including her establishment of the first multiracial dance company in the U.S., and excerpts of current performances such as "Parades and Changes" at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, to weave a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Breath Made Visible is an admiring documentary portrait of Anna Halprin, a woman so remarkable it is hard to fit her into the confines of a film, let alone a sentence."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Packed with illuminating interviews and lyrical movement, Breath Made Visible portrays a woman with angels in her feet and innovation in her blood. Long may she rock."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"She still dances beautifully, with dignity and the intensity to the marrow that takes your breath away."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"A rare chance to see Anna Halprin at work over the last 50 years. Not the same as seeing her in person but close."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"This documentary about the innovative dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin is an excellent introduction to post-modern dance and to an iconic American artist whose work is now little-known outside of dance circles."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"A vivid and haunting portrait of an artist's long career, filled with snippets of dance film that make you want to see more..."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"At nearly 90 years old, an age when most people are sitting around wait ing for the Grim Reaper, envelope-pushing, modern-dance pioneer Anna Halprin is still mentally and physically spry."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"An amazing woman, a less than amazing film."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"In the same way that listening to a clip of a song is less satisfying than grooving to the whole number, so too is a snippet of a dance number less edifying than watching the entire piece."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Slant Magazine
"Not artsy, or about 'art' per se, 'Breath Made Visible' inspires but, given demographics, a viable audience may prove hard to drum up."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"It's no small feat to make a legend life-sized and accessible without dispelling her greatness and mystique, yet Gerber pulls off a delicate tightrope act with relaxed ease."
‑ Michael Fox, L.A. Weekly
"So much information, context and personality is squeezed into such a succinct package that, primer or not, you're left with a strongly realized sense of who Halprin is and what she's accomplished."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Time Out New York
"Cutting-edge artists require more sure-footed guides than you'll find in Breath"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"A fascinating, heartwarming and delightful inspiration for your mind, body and soul."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A lovely experience."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
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