“Dance…dance…”: A review of Wim Wenders’ documentary tribute ‘Pina’

Pina Courtesy of Berlinale 2011 (all copyright belongs to the owners of the image.)

Pina Bausch was an extraordinary woman, and Wim Wenders is determined to show the world just how much so. In his latest film, Pina (2011), the director known for 1987’s Wings of Desire, and Buena Vista Social Club (1999) interweaves archival rehearsal footage, filmed dance sequences, narrated voiceovers and long, contemplative shots of sensuously expressive movement all filmed in ground-breaking 3D, to tell the story of a woman who had a perceptible impact on everyone whom she encountered, through the art and poetry of experimental dance theatre.

In this tribute (nominated for this year’s Oscars in the documentary category, but beaten out by underdog football doc Undefeated), the German-born choreographer is remembered by the ensemble of her dance company, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, and by all who knew her, as someone who used dance to examine the depths of the soul, hers and others. Through her art, she stripped away the layers of personality in order to reveal the raw truth beneath. Continue reading