Journey in Sensuality: Anna Halprin and Rodin
Filmmaker Ruedi Gerber, director of the critically acclaimed Breath Made Visible, has released a new film, Journey in Sensuality, bringing fresh insights into Anna Halprin’s work in nature. Auguste Rodin’s sculptures become a container for visually stunning dances on the beach and in the forests. The hour-long film, with a compelling musical score by Fred Frith, provides an intimate view of Anna’s creative process, as she and her Sea Ranch Collective develop the performance Awaken. The film had its U.S. premiere as part of the 95th birthday celebrations for Anna.
95th Birthday Festivities
In July Anna’s 95th birthday was celebrated by a variety of tributes. Tamalpa Institute sponsored “Dances for Anna”—with a special celebration on her Kentfield dance deck, as well as performances in her honor throughout the world. A highlight of this event was a new performance called “Remembering,” created by Anna with her grandson Jahan Khalighi. Anna commented, “I have done lots of dances in my life, all kinds of dances: children’s dances, funny dances, dances responding to political and social issues, dances in nature, dances for the elderly, dances I’ve been arrested for, dances based on clothes in my closet, dances for healing, community dances. This dance is a very personal dance. It’s a dance of my life’s memories—not necessarily all of them, but the ones that have been life-changing.” The final line of the dance is: “What really matters are my kin, my family. You, Jahan, matter to me.”
In addition to the Tamalpa events, Dancers’ Group in San Francisco presented “95 Rituals (for Anna)," a performance project by inkBoat, directed by Shinichi Iova-Koga and dedicated to Anna.
Trip to Israel
In late fall 2014 Anna traveled to Israel to complete her trilogy Remembering Lawrence. While there she led a peace walk, worked with the Vertigo Dance Company on an Israeli version of Parades and Changes, and taught several workshops.
Photo: Sue Heinemann