So here I am, finally getting around to reviewing “Pina”, the 3D movie by Wim Wenders celebrating the life and work of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch, featuring her company, Tanztheather Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Pina died in the summer of 2009, and Wim Wenders and the company decided to make the movie as a tribute to her and her work.
I will say, that this isn’t a review so much as a several paragraph elaboration of “WOW”. I absolutely loved the film. As a modern dancer, and as an audience member who loves dance theater, performance art, and modern art, this movie was right up my alley. And since I live in the USA and Pina Bausch’s company is based in Germany, I had never had the chance to see Pina’s work and it was really great to finally do so, especially in the awesomeness of 3D. The 3D was amazing by the way – so elegant in the way it fitted the material. I don’t remember very many fancy tricks, I just remember a quiet sense of awe and getting drawn deeper into the world being created onscreen.
I really appreciated the director’s craft in the film – it was truly the work of an artist responding to another artist, and I enjoyed that immensely. The many scenes with the dancers of the company silently looking into the camera while their reminiscences of Pina appeared in a voice-over was odd, at times a little unsettling, and beautiful in its strangeness.
And of course, the dancing! So beautiful. Not only are the company members breathtaking dancers, they were awe-inspiring actors and performers. Their total commitment to the moment was inspirational to me.
Since this review is so late, “Pina” may not be in theaters any more. But if you ever get the chance to see it, especially in 3D, I would highly recommend it.
And just in case you haven’t already watched the trailer 15 times in a row like I have… Here it is once more.