The many ways residents strive to find solace and meaning in their lives at America’s largest retirement community in Florida, followed by a special film of how dance pioneer Anna Halprin, whose belief in dance to teach, heal and transform, leads to a joyful dance performance with senior citizens with various physical abilities in 2009.
This documentary co-produced by The New York Times, shows America’s largest retirement community, The Villages, in Florida. Mostly white, the over-55 residents, presumably financially comfortable, can enjoy over 3,000 group activities, such as: cheerleading, a marching band. the Golf Cart Precision Drill Team. Of the questions one might ask: Are these the Golden Years? Directed by Lance Oppenheim. 81 mins. USA.
American dance pioneer Ana Halprin’s belief in dance to teach, heal and transform, leads to a unique performance encompassing senior citizens of various physical abilities in Mill Valley, CA, culminating in a joyful celebration of life. Directed by Ruedi Gerber. 28 mins. USA / Switzerland.
Note: Ana Halprin celebrated her 100th birthday, July 2020. We honor her continuing life and her work, as an artist and healer.