Tuesday, March 13, 2012

PINA ~ A MUST SEE Documentary

Directed by Wim Wenders
Featuring the Pina Bausch Dancers  
View the Trailer:  www.SundanceSelects.com  
Rated PG, 103 min.

'The mesmerizing Pina is about the work & life of Pina Bausch, which for her, was one & the same.' She reined as the artistic director of Tanztheater Wuppertal & 5 DAYS after her cancer diagnosis, died in 2009 at the age of 66. 'This demanded a unique solution for every documentarian's worst fear: the sudden death of your subject. Her death halted production for a time, but at the insistence of her ensemble, Wenders went ahead with a new structure', which is TRULY a lovely & profound LOVE LETTER to Pina.

Her dancers are a 'street normal' looking & dressing cross section of global movement magicians;  taking the dance outdoors makes for a fascinating juxtaposition of the urban & the body landscape is a wonder to behold as the dancers perform in & around a Northern German industrial town.

I am interested in what seemed to be her philosophy that a choreographer FACILITATES the creative process, not by hijacking the dancer's expression in HER OWN time & space, but instead through instilling a scaffolded empowerment structure within the individual & groups OWN breathing boundaries.

'Among other honors Pina is receiving posthumously is a first time German nominated documentary in the 2011 Oscar foreign-language category.' (By Marsha McCreadie & edited/added to by Diane Porter)

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