Dance Dance Otherwise We are Lost

In tonight’s class Ali mentioned a film (in 3D), with this post’s title, about the amazing Pina Bausch by the German director Wim Wenders. It was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in Feb. 2011. The following is a trailer and you can visit the film’s website for more information.

Bausch’s company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, continues to make and tour work even after Pina’s death in 2009.

Just another clip of Bausch’s work from an Israeli documentary, “One Day Pina Asked Me” from 1983.


  • Jenny Sherman says:

    Wow! The documentary preview gave me chills. I think the second video of Pina’s Walzer was really interesting. There was something so light, normal and everyday about it and yet, there was definitely a kind of sexual undertone to the movement. It makes me think of the party Torvald and Nora attend where she dances the tarantella–I bet there was a similar sort of propriety and light heartedness dressing up some pretty sexual vibes coming from Nora and Torvald.

    I was fascinated by all the images of strength and relationships between men and women in “PINA”, especially the clip of the woman leaning over and the man catching her, while directing her along a certain path. It made me wonder about the line between support and manipulation.

  • Michael Oliver says:

    Pina looks extraordinary. How can I actually watch it? Neiher Netflicks nor Duke Libraries has it.

  • Jules Odendahl-James says:

    Michael — I’m not sure whether PINA is available on DVD yet. I think it might have just had its first US screening in LA sometime this summer. In the meantime, you can check out some of Bausch’s work in the 2010 film *Tanzträume* (in Lilly Library DVD 19616) and the 1997 DVD *European tanztheater* (in Lilly as well DVD 13640).