Photo: Coni Beeson
I have an enduring love for dance and its power to teach, inspire, heal, and transform. I’ve spent a lifetime of passion and devotion probing the nature of dance and asking why it so important as a life force. I find great excitement in sharing my deep love of dance with ordinary and diverse people. Their unique creativity inspires me to make dances that grow out of our lives. I want to integrate life and art so that as our art expands our life deepens and as our life deepens our art expands.
As I sit on the bench overlooking my dance deck, a flood of questions arise. What next? Where am I going? What is my work now that I am over 95? What do elders in other cultures do? Teach the young, heal the sick, care for the land, hold the rituals, speak with the ancestors, and maintain the family. I take all these actions, and call upon the spirits, wherever they may be, whatever that might mean, and however they may appear, to lead me further into this evolution of dance to which I have committed my life. I continue to believe in the shining potential set forth by all of this work, in its evolution from rebellion to expansion to community to healing and back again to the natural world.
“I want to integrate life and art so that as our art expands our life deepens and as our life deepens our art expands.”
— Anna Halprin