Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pina (movie review)

The website for the movie Pina says, "Pina Bausch [was] a legendary dancer and choreographer. Her unique creations transformed the language of dance and offer a visual experience like no other."

This is a rare case where the hype is insufficient. Bausch's choreography offers an emotional, visceral experience like no other. Even in a 2D DVD, she, her work, and her dancers burst into space, challenging, caressing, frightening, thrilling, heartbreaking, wry, strong, graceful, and truly, deeply amazing. Her brilliant and brave performers seemingly risk their lives and occasionally their sanity for her, and in the movie's brief interviews, they speak of her with awe and grief (sadly, she died suddenly just before the movie began filming).

Pina is a breathtaking, electrifying work of art.

But don't take my word for it . . .

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