The Dancing Place, a book and film

From The Dancing Place: Stories About Embodying Life

The dance of life.  The dance of opposites.  Dance is a symbol for the flow of energy, the tension of opposites, or graceful blending.  Yet in practice when the word is mentioned, many people run for cover.  In our world, dance is often the province of highly trained specialists, the young and sleek bodied.  For the rest, dancing may be a ticket to embarrassment.  In The Dancing Place: Stories About Embodying Life, Jennie Wakefield expands the box we place dance in, exploring the value of embodied aesthetic experience in knowing ourselves individually and collectively.  

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The Dancing Place, a film by Jennie Wakefield

The Dancing Place is a short art film made using the Tamalpa Life/Art process.  Filmed at the rustic, northern Greenville County, SC dance hall, River Falls Lodge, this non-narrative film is taken from one day of filming the environmental experiences of six performers who range in age from mid-30s to mid-70s.  The performers bring their own lives into he plans of action set up for their exploration.  The film distills a thread of continuity from the day's experiences.  Its process informs its intention to expand the box we place dance in.  See trailer on homepage. 


This program is funded in part by the Metropolitan Arts Council which receives support from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, Michelin North America, Inc., SEW Eurodrive and the South Carolina Arts Commission.   

More about the Tamalpa Life/Art Process

The Tamalpa Life/Art Process is grounded in the work of dance pioneers Anna Halprin and her daughter psychologist Daria Halprin, and the creative process work of Anna's husband, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin.  Life is a creative process.  Especially in creative fields, life and art cannot be separated.  The Tamalpa process helps to clarify and bring big ideas to an organized method of execution.  It allows for the time and space to experience, then express and act.  It works with a person's intention through scores, or plans of action over time. Anna Halprin calls it scoreography -- a true process approach.