Wednesday, May 2

Who is Pina Bausch?

Yesterday, I won tickets to see the 2011 German documentary Pina at Cinematheque in the Exchange.

Upon receiving the tickets, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  From the surface, I knew the film focused on a group of contemporary dancers called Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.  Pina was their artistic director, who unexpectedly died during the making of the film.  Instead of axing the project, the dance group convinced director Win Wenders to pursue its creation as a tribute to her work.

The documentary features scenes from Pina's best known pieces, Le scare du printemps, Café Müller, Kontakthof and Vollmond.  The members of the dance company also reenact solo pieces in the most peculiar yet beautiful landscapes, like on a train and by a canyon.

The choreography and cinematography is absolutely stunning.  Some scenes are almost chilling, as though Pina is present - in spirit.  The interviews from the members of the dance company are candid, but they end up saying so much more through their actions than their words.

Pina is playing at Cinematheque from Friday, May 4, to Thursday, May 10.  For anyone who's passionate about dance, film or simply emotion, I would highly recommend this tribute to the late Pina Bausch.

See the trailer:

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