It’s not too late to experience Pina Bausch‘s work and her company Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Bausch, who died in 2009, was a controversial German choreographer, developing choreographies way beyond convention, expectation and even imagination.

She played with the materiality of the human condition, asked questions, contested answers, dug deep for that which we do not know about ourselves and that which we wish we could forget. Showing and producing fragility, strength, sorrow, curiosity, loss, joy, Bausch created an emotional universe through the moving human body, conjuring the question, “What is it that we are longing for, and why?”

…we are escorted in her universe, smoothly led by impressive transitions and breathtaking images.

In Pina we get to explore this emotional universe. Through old clips of her choreographies, for instance her well-known Café Müller and Masurca Fogo, we  travel into not only her world, but also the world of her dancers. We listen to their experiences, reflections and challenges, cleverly made with voice-overs, while giving full attention to their expressional faces: faces which also play an important part within Bausch’s choreographies.

Considering Pina has been produced after Bausch’s death, it is impressive how she seems so vivid and present within the movie, even though recordings of her voice are minimal. This shows not only the strong relations between herself, her choreographies and her dancers, but also her distinct style of creativity and expression, assuring her an immortal role within the company.

Silently yet powerfully we are escorted in her universe…

In the movie, we encounter the diversity of Bausch’s work – her contrasts and her emphasis on detail. Silently yet powerfully we are escorted in her universe, smoothly led by impressive transitions and breathtaking images. Having understood the dynamic of Bausch’s choreographies, film director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club; Paris, Texas) has definitely succeeded in showing the exceptionality and significance of her work.

Being in 3D, this movie makes for a visual experience that is beyond comparison.

5 Stars 

 

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