Written March 12, 2012
Wim Wenders has directed another documentary masterpiece this time in 3D and the interviews with the choreographer Pina and her company of dancers who have been with her over 20 years are amazing. The dances are works of art that are timeless and unique. A must see for dancers and dance aficionados. The dances are like installation art and the settings and music are reminiscent of Weimar Germany and the Bauhaus school of architecture. What a body of work and it is made more poignant knowing that Pina passed away before the film was finished. She mentored all her dancers and create a group of geniuses in this way. I'm surprised she isn't universally famous like Twyla Tharp and Baryshnikov; her work far exceeds anything I've ever seen in psychological depth and the ability to move audiences and performers to tears. I especially like her humor in her choice of settings for her dance--in front of a McDonalds; in a monorail; in a subway; in a strip mining field.
Written February 27, 2012
Beautifully directed movie, intertwining scenes of Pina Bausch's dancers with their accounts of Pina's influence on her as a mentor and a friend. Deeply moving and ingeniously shot, her dance pieces are explosive and expressive at the same time, with humor and oddities sprinkled through, demonstrating the depth of her passion for dance and life, revealing the motivation and understanding behind one of the titans who have dramatically changed modern dance today. A must go!
Written February 06, 2012
Beautiful, innovative, highly skilled dance, breathtaking cinematography, fantastic lighting & sets - my only issue is that it takes itself a little too seriously (as do the folks in it). But amazing nevertheless. I just like a little more lightness of heart (though to be fair, this is a documentary, and Pina was so completely driven and intense - anything but light of heart).
Written February 12, 2012
What an honor to see these dancers' brilliant souls so close -their expressions, knuckles and veins popping out closer than front row. Wow. This would not be the same in your living room -must go see it in 3D. A fan of Wim W, I didn't know anything about Pina Bausch before I went -but her pieces ring emotionally true. Music is phenomenal. Don't miss it in the theater. I would think 3D may be required for future filming and viewing of dance -is dance now better seen in 3D instead of the affordable back row of the dance theater?
Written February 05, 2012
This is not a typical movie but it's absolutely wonderful. The perfect use of 3D makes you feel that you're at a performance, not viewing a movie. The tribute is heartfelt and loving and the dances are stunning. See it if you can.