INSPIRING CHOREOGRAPHY – WIM WENDERS: PINA
Wim Wenders is arguably one of the most groundbreaking filmmakers of our era, bringing us classic meditations on life, love and identity such as Paris Texasand Wings Of Desire. It seems entirely fitting then that it should be he who finally employs the three-dimensional film form to stunningly emotive effect, elevating it from mere spectacle to a thing of almost impossibly dynamic beauty. Pina is his absorbing elegy to his late-friend Pina Bausch – the radical and game-changing German dance choreographer who transformed contemporary dance forever with seminal works such as Cafe Muller.
Featuring the troupe of dancers she mentored, whose ages span generations, the film recreates some her classic routines against backdrops as disparate as industrial estates and mountain tops in a fast-paced and supremely powerful series of vignettes. Bausch died unexpectedly just before filming began and we see her only in ghostly asides, all of which lends the film a poignancy that somehow speaks volumes about mortality. Here, the director tells us how exposure to the choreographer and her work changed his life, and why even in death, she might just change yours too.