For years Wim Wenders was planned to make a movie, together with the choreographer Pina Bausch, about the famous “Tanztheater Wuppertal”, and they had already started working on it when Pina died in 2009.
It is a movie about dancing, and is a tribute to the deceased Pina. In 3D it actually feels like you are there, watching the dancers. Apart from a few images out of the archives Pina does not star in the movie, still she is the main character.
Not one scene is similar to another. Every dance is filmed on another location : in theaters, but also outside in the park, in the middle of the city, next to a cliff, on a train. This brings diversity, even though it is all about dancing.
The dances are all about emotions, longing and desire, pain, sorrow, resilience, longing for freedom and resurrection. These feelings are not just expressed through their dances, but also in their faces.
Watching some of the dances dances hurt, others parts are funny. The “Sacré de Printemps” for example, represents a battle between women and men, and is so powerful that it is breath taking.
This movie is not just for ballet lovers, everyone will be fascinated by the way these dancers are filmed. Highly recommended.