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Wim Wenders's Dance Documentary Pays Tribute to the Late Pina Bausch

Cast of Pina at the Berlinale press conference i i

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Cast of Pina at the Berlinale press conference

Cast of Pina at the Berlinale press conference

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Wim Wenders's dance documentary Pina premiered at the Berlinale on Sunday, and I have to say it was just wonderful and very touching. Pina is a homage to the legendary German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch who died in the summer of 2009.

The feature-length dance film in 3D uses some of Pina Bausch's choreography and 3D recordings of the individual members of the Tanztheater Wuppertal who dance personal memories of their great mentor.

Pina Bausch was director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal for 36 years, and some members of the ensemble have worked with her for 30 of those years.

Wim Wenders directed and authored the screenplay for his latest film, Pina.

Wim Wenders directed and authored the screenplay for his latest film, Pina. DonataWenders@NEUE ROAD MOVIES GmbH hide caption

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Wim Wenders's film takes you on stage with these incredible dancers and rich personalities. You almost feel like you are part of the set, part of their performance. The dancers take you on a journey out of the theater into the city of Wuppertal, to industrial landscapes, the countryside, and the city's suspended monorail.

The film contains only a few images and audio files of Pina Bausch. Still, you can feel her presence throughout the movie— through the unique movements she created and the intimacy between the members of her ensemble.

Here is a clip from dancer Julie Shanahan (seated next to Wenders above) talking about Pina Bausch.

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