PINA “The uncrowned Empress of modern dance”


Philippina “Pina” Bausch (27 July 1940 – 30 June 2009) was a German performer of modern dance, choreographer, dance teacher and ballet director. With her unique style, a blend of movement, sound, and prominent stage sets, and with her elaborate cooperation with performers during the composition of a piece (a style now known as Tanztheater), she became a leading influence in the world of modern dance from the 1970s on. 


The film Pina by Wim Wenders (2011)

“Pina Bausch showed me in 40 minutes more about men and women than the entire history of cinema. ” Wenders.

“Between dance and film, there was a difficulty. And there was always like an invisible wall. And I couldn’t break that wall,” he admits. It took him nearly 20 years to find the answer. And then, just a few days before the cameras were to roll, the choreographer died.

The film Pina offers to the spectator another point of view on four of the German choreographer’s main pieces (The Rite of Spring, Cafe Muller, Kontakthoh and Vollmond) as well as introducing her dancers in various open landscapes thus perpetuating the emphasis on the relationship dance creates with a terrain. The filmmaker captures the groundbreaking modern-dance choreography of the late Pina Bausch, in what many critics are calling a groundbreaking use of 3-D film.

With reference to for full article, Behind the Scenes etc. 

Below, Wenders embrazing Pina, along with The International Trailer. Enjoy!


By: Tina Holth