Journey in Sensuality - Anna Halprin & Rodin


Screening „Journey in Sensuality – Anna Halprin & Rodin“ on Freitag, 27. Oktober 2017, 20:15 Uhr, Cinema Sil Plaz in Ilanz GR (read more)

Screening „Journey in Sensuality – Anna Halprin & Rodin“ on Friday, 27. Oktober 2017, 20:15 Uhr, at the Cinema Sil Plaz, Ilanz, curated by Corin Curschellas

Q & A with Ruedi Gerber at the Plenum after the film / Reservations: /

'Voyage vers la sensualité (Journey in Sensuality – Anna Halprin & Rodin)' wil be screened on June 2, 2017, at Grand Palais in Paris within the framework of 'Rodin: the centennial exhibition'. Click here for more information


JOURNEY IN SENSUALITY - ANNA HALPRIN & RODIN: Screening in Montreal at the Cinéma du Parc on March 15 at 7pm in coordination with UQAM (Université de Québec a Montréal). More info



French cinema release - great press reviews:
"Un message d’espoir et d’humanité" (Les Affiches de Grenoble)

"Sur la musique de Fred Frith, ce portrait émouvant capture l’essence de la démarché artistique d’Anna Halprin, son sens extraordinaire de mouvement… un aperçu du travail créatif"(Le Parisien)


“The world will only be happy when all people have the souls of artists.”
- Auguste Rodin 



After the international success of Breath Made Visible, Journey in Sensuality brings new insight into Anna Halprin’s influential artistic work. Auguste Rodin's sculptures and Anna Halprin's creative process come together with the music of composer Fred Frith in this poetic film of dances in nature.


While in Paris for a major retrospective of her career at the Centre Pompidou, the American dance pioneer Anna Halprin reflects on her devastation of the images the pervasive violence in the world and seeing the most unimaginable horror of tortured, starved bodies at the Holocaust Museum. In the hopes of lifting her spirits, she visits the Musée Rodin, and is so deeply moved that she decides to create a performance based on Rodin's sculptures; expressing her vision, like Rodin, of the human body being a reflection of nature, something innocent, true and beautiful and the world's need for artistic beauty.


Rodin's sculptures spoke directly to her kinesthetic sense. His knowledge and struggle to capture the expression of the nature of the human body connected directly with her vision of dance. It also spoke to her lifelong quest for non-stylized, authentic movement.


This one-hour film, Journey in Sensuality – Anna Halprin and Rodin, offers for the first time ever in her 70+-year career, an intimate view into Anna Halprin's creative process and the making of a performance. It shows how she prepares the dancer, using Rodin's sculptures as a container, to create a performance that is at once authentic and visually powerful and touches the audience on an emotional level. The movement of the dancers and images of Rodin sculptures are supported by the brilliant, innovative score by composer, Fred Frith.


Melding Rodin's sculptures and testaments with the stunning footage of rehearsals on the Northern Californian coast, and the final piece performed by the nude dancers of the Sea Ranch Collective in a redwood forest, this film is a poetic portrait of the coming together and coming to life of the visions of two great artists.



  • Director, Producer: Ruedi Gerber
  • Original Music and Composer: Fred Frith
  • Editor: Aline Herve
  • Cinematographer/ Director of Photography: Adam Teichman and Ruedi Gerber
  • Sound Editor: Riccardo Spagnol


  • The Sea Ranch Collective: Lakshmi Aysola, Joshua Bewig, Iu-Hui Chua Brian Collentine, Annie Hallat, Benjamin Jarret, Terre Parker, Lisa Pettigrew, Amanda Royce, Raina Stewart, Alexander Zendzian

Awards & Reviews

““Few artists continue working into their 90s and fewer still pioneer new and risky territory. Ruedi Gerber’s latest film Journey in Sensuality – Anna Halprin and Rodin masterfully captures both these impulses in the extraordinary dance artist Anna Halprin. Chronicling with rare intimacy how the germ of Anna’s lifelong passion for nature and the natural body coalesce into a stunningly sensual dance on the raw Northern California coastline, this film maps the spiritual essence of Halprin’s bold dialogue across art forms. If the great impressionist sculptor August Rodin and Halprin had ever met, Journey in Sensuality beautifully captures just what might have resulted from a collaboration between these two master connoisseurs of the artful eroticism of the nude.” - Janice Ross, Professor Theatre & Performance Studies Dept., Stanford University & author of Anna Halprin, Experience as Dance”

“"Often naked, the dancers are adept at this slow-motion technique in which emotion rules thought and sensation creates image. Cinematography by Adam Teichman, direction by Ruedi Gerber, and a sensitive musical score by Fred Frith combine to create a meditative mood... The film is a tribute to an original choreographic mind as well as to the genius of Rodin."”

Michael Wade Simpson, Santa Fe New Mexican

“Der Titel hält was er verspricht: den Zuschauer erwartet ein sinnliches, ästhetisches Filmerlebnis.”


June 2nd 2017

‘Voyage vers la sensualité (Journey in Sensuality – Anna Halprin & Rodin)’ wil be screened on June 2, 2017, at Grand Palais in Paris within the framework of ‘Rodin: the centennial exhibition’.

March 15th 2017

Screening in Montreal - March 15, 2017, 7 pm at the Cinéma du Parc,3575, avenue du Par, Montreal, QC H2X 3P9, Canada

January 19th 2017

JOURNEY IN SENSUALITY - ANNA HALPRIN & RODIN will be screened at Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, 6:00 - 7.30 pm

October 21st 2016

U.S. - The Rio Theater, Santa Cruz, California
7:30 pm

September 29th 2016

Premiere in Valence (F) au cinéma le Lux at 20:00 - Director Ruedi Gerber will be present

September 28th 2016

French Cinema release in Paris (F) at Cinéma Espace Saint-Michel September 28, 2016  - Director Ruedi Gerber will be present

September 27th 2016

September 27, 2016, in Montpellier (F) at 20:00 at cinéma Utopia (Arnaud Clappier) - Director Ruedi Gerber will be present

June 22nd 2016



May 9th – 10th 2016

May 9 at 7:30 pm
May 10 at 1:00 pm

*Ruedi Gerber and Anna Halprin will be present for Q&A at the following screenings:
Ruedi Gerber and Anna Halprin on May 9 at Arhya Arts 7:30 pm
Ruedi Gerber and special guest on May 10 at Monica Film Center

May 3rd 2016

Swiss cinema release starts on May 3, 2016:
Zurich: From May 5, 2016 cinema Houdini
First showing in Zurich: Tuesday May 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm cinema RiffRaff - Ruedi Gerber will be present

Zurich: From May 5, 2016 cinema Houdini
Bern Cinema Rex Bern
Basel Kultkino Atelier
Luzern Kino Bourbaki
St. Gallen Cinema KINOK
From June 22, 2016 in Geneva (Cinémas du Grütli ), Lausanne (Le Zinema) and Biel (Filmpodium, Open air)

March 26th – 26th 2016

U.S. - ARENA THEATER, Point Arena (Sea Ranch) CA


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