Pina (film review)

by ramintork


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Almost like an act of worship the late Pina Bausch’s dance group “Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch” recreate very beautiful movements on an empty stage, on the street and in sites with an industrial factories.

Bausch was a distinguished German modern dance choreographer and a leading influence in the development of the Tanztheater style of dance. The film is made by film-maker Wim Wenders who started shortly after Bausch’s death from cancer. He uses 3D for this film and often uses close shots to bring to life the gestural aspect of these dance performances.

Of all the art forms I am perhaps less familiar with dance, and I found the combination of various routines and the dancer’s interview and their experience of lovingly remembering Pina very touching and appealing.

What comes out of the film is the character of Pina with her humour, and being unconventional, taking risk like a child and being incredibly imaginative in making up movements that seem very original.

I also liked the message in the trailer “Is it dance? Is it theatre or is it life?”


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