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Dancing About (Landscape) Architecture

…and a book is born

By Lisa Radon December 5, 2009

Today at Ziba’s new HQ (1044 NW 9th) at 2 PM, Portland dancer/choreographers Linda Austin, Linda Johnson, Tere Mathern, and Cydney Wilkes do short works with music by Ron Blessinger of Third Angle as part of a celebration of the release of a new book on legendary landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, Where the Revolution Began: Lawrence and Anna Halprin and the Reinvention of Public Space, edited by Portland Monthly’s editor-in-chief and former architecture critic for the Oregonian, Randy Gragg.

Dancing about architecture? Halprin, whose Forecourt Fountain (now called Keller Fountain) is one of downtown Portland’s treasures, was married to terrifically influential dancer/choreographer/teacher Anna Halprin. In 2008, these dancers did a tribute to both Halprins, "The City Dance of Lawrence and Anna Halprin," a dance sequence that played out in the string of plazas Halprin designed in SW downtown Portland.

Read D.K. Row’s piece in the Oregonian about Halprin, Portland, the book, and the event.

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