Magical choreography, and dancing. Deeply human and intimate performances.
Just as a demonstration of 3D (for those who have 3D-capable televisions; SMC Library System does carry the Bluray with 3D,) this is the best 3D imagery I have ever seen at home. Criterion did careful work in the 3D transfer and it is captivating and dynamic.
As for the film, it is simply dance (and idiosyncratic, sometimes absurdist, modern dance at that), so don't expect to even experience the stories that the original performances tell because only sections are included. Also, the assemblage of footage can be frustrating, because just as you get into one performance, it cuts away to another snippet or a completely different play entirely. But as a whole, the editing begins to make sense over time, as if you are remembering dreams that may have been over a dozen nights or just one crazy night that you can't quite remember clearly but that you will never forget experiencing. The sheer artistry, imagination, daring, and talent on display from the performers is a strong tribute to the late choreographer Pina Bausch.
If you want to know what the modern dancers (& the corresponding music) are doing, this is a good movie. But, whether you will like it or not, I don't know.
I first saw this movie in the Park Theatre, Vancouver, where it was projected as 3D and excellent sound. Even so the brilliance of this particular choreographer shines through and the score is wonderful.
This tribute to the great dance instructor, Pina Bausch, by her students and former students is a beautiful work of love. But if you don't have an appreciation for Bausch's work or much interest in dance in general, then leave it on the shelf for those of us who do.
Part performance art, part installation art, Pina stretches what you know about modern dance and the settings it is performed under. You will be amazed by the chorography and the williness of the dancers to excute her movements.
You will need to put the DVD on subtitles to understand what the dancers say about Pina (all but one are non English speakers) but even without the subtittles, you will be transfixed.
Loved the trailer as it showed highlights. Fast-forwarded the film as there was a lot that did not interest me.
I really loved this. I have always enjoyed wim's work, his style is my style, but way more current. ART is great because everyone who experience it in different ways, but they always are affected,,,GOOD OR BAD.
I wish I could have seen this on the big screen and in 3D. I am sure that is the "best" to experience it. The music is exceptional and move me in a many joyful ways.
I actual watch it 1st with no description narrative from wim. then watch a 2nd time with wim's narrative which really added a depth I didn't notice the 1st viewing.
I found this art experience a very spiritual one and look forward to many more viewing.
[Disclaimer: I'm no expert on dance, and I saw this not as a video, but on the big screen at the Pickford Film Center.] I don't always have the patients for "art-anguish" if it doesn't feel substantial. This did, both in the motion of the dance and its economy. I never felt like it got too artsy-fartsy. There are even some moments of whimsical humor thrown in there. Throw in the various settings around the town where it was filmed (Wuppertal, Germany I believe) and it become much more interesting than just another performance on a spotlighted stage. Although I wasn't thinking about the cinematography at the time, the settings worked well and complemented the choreography. I enjoyed and appreciated this and recommend it to those who are curious.
I watched the first 15 minutes and gave up on it. I didn't get it, and found it obscure and dark.
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