A journey of discovery through dance, shot in 3D to capture the inventive dance world of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch. We follow the dancers of Pina’s Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble, out of the theatre and into the city of Wuppertal that she called home.
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Absolutely captivating and immersive. The best artistic creation I have seen for 3D cinema - it really explores the depth 3D allows, in a way I have not witnessed again. (Have yet to see Cave of Forgotten Dreams). In no way filmed dancing can be the as emotionally and physically intense and interesting as live dance. But this is a work that will be a lasting tribute to that other irreplaceble art form. And to Pina!
Can't believe I put off watching this inspiring doco and love letter from students to teacher for so long. Wenders has succeeded in presenting this portrait with the utmost respect in a manner that is immediately in symbiosis with the lady herself. The energy presented by these performers is exalting. 4 stars
Locations! Holy! Yes! There are some real moments of freedom here that kept me with the piece throughout. The ending felt like it marched right out of a Fellini movie. The choreography of Pina Bausch really shines through here: bodies guiding themselves, driven by a yearning words can't touch. The experience was accentuated by the groovy old man who free-form danced his way out of the theatre. Dance on old dude!
Martha Graham said, "Nothing is more revealing than movement." For once, 3D is no longer a gimmick but an appropriate language for conveying such movement, showing the relationship of dancers with their environment and with each other. Pina Bausch's choreography and Wim Wenders' sensibilities are a delightful, wondrous match.
It's a celebration of the work of Pina Bausch and in that regard, it succeeds. I wish it had aimed a bit higher though, despite the constraints of the production. We get to know Pina by her dances and by her dancers' praise, but we never get anything that doesn't make her out to be a one dimensional goddess of dance. The cinematography is beautiful and the editing matched that of the dances.
Satisfactory record of some of Bausch's nervy dances. It offers no great insight into her creative process but the work speaks for itself and the film provides an effective flow of routines interspersed with rather brief reminiscences from the troupe. If nothing else it whets the appetite for more dance, but I’m not sure if it’s an appetiser for further documentaries like this.