- Wim Wenders
- Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo
In June of 2009, the dance world lost one of its most ardent practitioners: Pina Bausch. The German choreographer’s brilliance refined the art form known as Tanztheater, known for blending drama and bodywork through direct participation and collaboration between choreographers and performers. When Bausch took on the role of artistic director of the Wuppertal Opera Ballet in 1972, little did she know that the same theater would one day come to bear her name—so influential was her approach to form and movement. That director Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) chose to immortalize her work in the art house is no coincidence. Bausch’s dancing had already graced filmgoers’ eyes in Pedro Almodóvar’s Talk to Her, and Bausch herself appeared in Fellini’s And the Ship Sails On. At the time of her death, she was just two days away from becoming the subject of a Wenders documentary, and so he did the next best thing by praising her craft through a moving gallery of performances and cinematographic artistry, utilizing 3D technology. Featuring a talented cast of Wuppertal dancers, the camera follows them into the streets of the city proper and into the hearts of new and veteran viewers alike.