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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Such a beautiful film. As a dancer, I appreciate the mix of experimental and technical movement. As a creative dancer, I also adore the variety of locations-- on a traffic circle, monorail, tennis court-- +10 points for creativity. The 3D was just an added bonus-- not necessary, but made certain sequences (like the monorail) really pop. Recommend to anyone, even non-dancers.
A synesthesia of sorts, where you hear dance, see music and taste the emotion. The 3D theatrical stage takes you to the audience of Pina's great choreographies, yet transcribes them to the regular world we move in. A metro. A park. The film captured Pina's unique adaptation of body movement. A visual and auditory beauty, this film stands as a moving sculpture, a cinetic painting, and proof for me that 3D has merit.
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!
Gorgeous, but I felt a little unfulfilled by the end – perhaps, desiring straight-forward documentation of the dances or a more fluid concept. The film portrays Pina Bausch as a great teacher and mentor, motivated and talented. Unfortunately, I don't feel like I'm any closer to her or her work (even in 3D, guffaw). Still, undoubtedly worth the experience.
Let's just call this for what it is: "Pina Bausch Remixed." An uncomfortable amalgam of serious testimonials (documentary) and surrealism (fiction/fantasy), what this film lacks is a sense of humor, of which Ms. Bausch had in abundance.