“Even as a spectator sitting in the audience she brought out the best in me, in us. She let us see and understand things to which no other art had opened our eyes before: She showed us another way to overcome our fears and to not feel imprisoned in our bodies anymore.”
—Wim Wenders on Pina Bausch at her memorial ceremony
Minneapolis, January 3, 2012—The Walker Art Center presents the area premiere of Wim Wenders’ new film Pina on Wednesday, February 1, at 7:30 pm in the Walker Cinema. This documentary from the acclaimed director—who was the subject of a 2001 Regis Dialogue and Retrospective at the Walker—explores the life and extraordinary career of Pina Bausch (1940-2009), one of the greatest innovators in modern dance.
Wenders was transformed when he first saw a performance by Bauch’s dance company, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, in 1985. The two became close friends and had longstanding plans to collaborate on a film. However, Wenders felt that film couldn’t adequately capture the vitality of Bausch’s work—until he considered the use of 3-D technology. Tragically, Bausch died unexpectedly in 2009, two days before filming was to begin. Her family and company dancers convinced Wenders to make a film for and about her.
In Pina, 3-D technology transports the viewer directly onto the stage with the Tanztheater Wuppertal as they perform excerpts from four landmark Bausch productions: Café Müller, Le Sacre du printemps, Vollmond, and Kontakthof. “Wenders has made a worthy tribute … through achingly heartfelt performances, using 3-D technology’s enhanced depth of field to capture the depth of feeling ever-present in Bausch’s work” (Empire). A sensual, visually stunning exploration of her artistry, Pina captures the thrill of a live performance by her company, which has never performed in Minnesota. 2011, DCP 3-D, 106 minutes.
About Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders ranks among the important directors of world cinema and is one of the leading representatives of “New German Film.” He was the subject of a Regis Dialogue and Retrospective in 1991. His feature film debut was in 1970 with his graduation film, Summer in the City. Subsequent films include The Wrong Move; The American Friend; Hammett; State of Things (for which he received the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival); Paris, Texas; Wings of Desire (for which he won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival); Until the End of the World; and the Oscar-nominated Buena Vista Social Club, among many others. In the 1990s Wim Wenders became first chairman and later president of the European Film Academy. Since 2003 he teaches as a professor at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg. He received honorary doctorates from the Faculté des Arts et des Lettres of Sorbonne, Paris; the theological faculty of the University of Fribourg in Switzerland; the Université Catholique de Louvain in France; and the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Catania. In 2006, Wenders was the first filmmaker of the Order “Pour le Mérite”. He lives with his wife, photographer Donata Wenders, in Berlin and has his own production company, Neue Road Movies.
About Pina Bausch
For more than three decades, Pina Bausch was director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal. She created over 40 productions, many of which have travelled internationally. Born in 1940 in Solingen, she began her dance studies at the age of 14 with Kurt Jooss at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. In 1958 she came to the United States to study at the Juilliard School in New York, where her teachers included Antony Tudor. She returned to Germany in 1962, working as a soloist with Kurt Jooss at Folkwang-Ballet, and choreographed her first piece, Fragment, in 1968. When Jooss retired the following year she was appointed company director. Her first connection with Wuppertal was in 1971, when she was invited to create an ensemble piece for the Wuppertal Ballet. Two years later she became director of Tanztheater Wuppertal. During the 1980s Bausch began making films. A 1982 collaboration with Federico Fellini resulted in And the Ship Goes. Between 1987 and 1990 she made her own film, The Complaint of the Empress. In 2001 she performed in Pedro Almodóvar’s film Talk To Her, which featured excerpts from her dances Café Müller and Masurca Fogo. Recent new pieces include Água (2001), Für die Kinder von gestern, heute und morgen (2001), Nefés (2003), Ten Chi (2004), Rough Cut (2005), Vollmond (2006), Bamboo Blues (2007) and Sweet Mambo (2008). Bausch died in 2009.
IFC Films will release Pina in February 2012.
The Premieres series is made possible by generous support from Elizabeth Redleaf.