Wim Wenders’ Pina (2011) documentary is a labour of love, a celebration of Bausch’s work and a testament to her impact not only on the world of dance but on the lives of individuals. Bausch’s pieces are interspersed with testimonies of the ensemble, and performances in a range of interiors and exteriors around the city of Wuppertal (Germany) where the dance company was and is based. Bausch’s most frequently quoted statement about her working process with her dancers was, “I am not so interested in how they move as in what moves them”. One dancer narrates how Bausch wanted him to produce a movement that expressed joy, other dancers talk about love, dreams, fear, anger or madness.
Watch the trailer here and come out for a night of movement, theatre and exploration of Germany’s visionary and highly influential contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch: