Anna Halprin quotes

  • Just as the ancients danced to call upon the spirits in nature, we too can dance to find the spirits within ourselves that have been long buried and forgotten.
    -- Anna Halprin

    #Dance #Long #Spirit

  • Aging is like enlightenment at gunpoint. Before I had cancer, I lived my life for my art. After I had cancer, I lived my art for my life. I’ve always said dance is the breath made visible. That covers about everything because once you stop breathing and the breath is no longer visible, you stop moving.
    -- Anna Halprin

    #Art #Cancer #Moving

  • Movement has the capacity to take us to the home of the soul, the world within for which we have no name. Movement reaches our deepest nature, and dance creatively expresses it. Through dance, we gain new insights into the mystery of our lives. When brought forth from the inside and forged by the desire to create personal change, dance has the profound power to heal the body, psyche and soul.
    -- Anna Halprin

    #Home #Names #Profound

  • Every experience I've had in my life is a resource in my body.
    -- Anna Halprin

    #Body #Life Is #Resources

  • As we tap into the deep sources of bodily wisdom through creative art expression,we dance the renewal, recreation, and healing of ourselves and our world.
    -- Anna Halprin

    #Art #Healing #Our World

  • I imagine a future where many of us will call ourselves dancers and collaborate to make an art which concerns itself with primary areas of life... for me, peace is a communal work process, a collective vision. The dance itself tries to exemplify a few of these methods in a truly grounded and practical way so that the people can say: yes, there are prospects of survival.
    -- Anna Halprin

    #Dance #Art #People

  • The body is living art. Your movement through time and space is art. A painter has brushes. You have your body.
    -- Anna Halprin

    #Art #Space #Movement

  • I'm very excited about dance and love it with a deep passion. I also struggle, tire and become discouraged. But what has always revived me...has been the rebirth of energy each time the creative process is awakened and artistic activity begins to unfold even in some infinitesimal measure.
    -- Anna Halprin

    #Dance #Struggle #Passion

  • When I dance I am really meditating rather then performing for an audience. I am completely absorbed by the music and the steps I choose to respond to the music.

  • The practice mirror is to be used for the correction of faults, not for a love affair, and the figure you watch should not become your dearest friend.

  • Toe dancing is a dandy attention getter, second only to screaming.

  • Dancing is such a despised and dishonored trade that if you tell a doctor or a laywer you do choreography he'll look at you as if you were a hummingbird. Dancers don't get invited to visit people. It is assumed a boy dancer will run off with the spoons and a girl with the head of the house.

  • The Baptists' basic theology is that if you hold someone under water long enough, he'll come around to your way of thinking. It's a ritual known as 'Bobbing for Baptists.'

  • Nothing so soon the drooping spirits can raise As praises from the men, whom all men praise.

  • The unity of a nation's spirit and will are worth far more than the freedom of the spirit and will of an individual; and that the higher interests involved in the life of the whole must here set the limits and lay down the duties of the interests of the individual.

  • Friendship is that virtue by which spirits are bound by ties of love and sweetness and out of many are made one.

  • The precept to worship God 'in spirit and in truth' recommand to worship him as an inward and moral force, without physical attributes and with no relation to fears and egoist wishes.

  • Yoga is when you feel pure consciousness and spirit.