I saw the film Pina back when it was still in the theatres, and I remember being absolutely astounded. I finally revisited the film last week, only to find myself even more entranced than before.
The choreography, the performers, the artistry, the cinematography -- it’s all so inspiring. I hope that everyone reading this will go home and show their young dancers this beautiful tribute to the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch.
There are many reasons that I find this film so captivating. One, of course, is that it allows the audience to see classic works that we might never have had the chance to witness otherwise. But, on top of that, we are given a uniquely intimate view of these dances, and of the dancers inhabiting them.
As you watch the film, you can’t help but notice that the dancers’ technique (while absolutely gorgeous) is not the focus. It is their commitment to their characters and their profound storytelling that takes the spotlight in these amazing pieces of art.
Pina Bausch rolls dance and theatre into one feat of truth-telling, and every dancer can learn from this film what it means to perform.
If I haven’t convinced you to watch this film immediately, I believe the trailer below will do the job: