Dance, Dance Otherwise We’re Lost
Wim and Pina
Happy birthday Wim Wenders!
What I saw there, moved me deeply.
I troubled me, amazed me, but most of all: it concerned me.
What I had thought impossible – in the context of dance -
This spoke to me in a very powerful way.
When the piece was over,
- it only lasted 40 minutes,
but it felt like I had visited a whole universe -
I realized that this (unknown) woman Pina Bausch
had shown me more about men and women
then the entire history of cinema had.
And all that without a word,
with nothing but movement, body language and dancing.
I might be exaggerating a bit,
and the history of cinema has a lot to offer
about the relations between men and women,
but that’s how it felt: mind-blowing.
Wim Wenders speaks about her death (Youtube)
So shocking, terribly sad.
The Guardian obit
Farewell to Pina Bausch, the dangerous magician of modern dance
Beautiful and strange, tragic yet hopeful, Pina Bausch’s creations entranced the audience. The news of her death is terribly sad – and a challenge for dance-makers
The director of the Wuppertal Tanztheater said Tuesday that Bausch had passed away unexpectedly earlier that morning. The choreographer had just last week been diagnosed with cancer, but had continued with her work up until her death.
Chantal Akerman made a documentary of Pina Bausch
Pina Bausch Picture galleries from Guardian here.
Dreaming of Pina (A wonderful Video)
Her influence is clear in the work of European choreographers like Jan Fabre, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Sasha Waltz and Alain Platel. Her work has also been a major influence on American contemporary dance choreographers who question the boundaries between theater and dance.
A scene from “Orpheus and Eurydice” at the Opera Garnier in Paris in 2005.
Created a Pina Bausch archive under dance.
Happy Birthday! Pina Bausch.
Pina (short for Philippine) was born nearby in Solingen in 1940, three years before the Battle of the Ruhr. (Pina, Queen of the Deep)
More interviews, here.
One way to get an introduction to Pina’s work is to see a documentary film by another brave avant garde filmmaker Chantal Akerman, (a brief description about the film here).
Growing old disgracefully How a bunch of untrained 60-somethings are breathing new life into a Pina Bausch classic.
Cate Blanchet said “If I had my time again, I’d do anything to work with the choreographer Pina Bausch; her work is beautiful. When dance theatre is at its most perfect, you think, ‘Why does anyone ever need to speak?’ To dispense with words entirely… I wish I could do that.” (from here and also from other interviews including one from Bravo’s actors studio)
R.I.P Pina Bausch 1940 -2009 (Archive)