In addition to family histories, Books & Lives has preserved print and video records of the accomplishments of almost one hundred Bay Area music, dance, and theater artists. Much of this work was produced in conjunction with the Museum of Performance & Design’s Legacy Oral History Program, founded by Jeff Friedman, PhD. These oral histories, many funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, have been placed in public, university, museum, and special interest libraries.


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Anna Halprin, Dance Artist

Pictured with her biographer, Stanford scholar and dance critic Janice Ross, PhD, Anna Halprin is a highly original dance innovator, performer, and teacher. Halprin (right) became famous for creating dances from simple natural movements. Video interview by Janice Ross with Halprin at her spectacular home in the woods. Funded by The National Endowment for the Arts. Produced by Basya Petnick and Jeff Friedman, PhD.