In Pina, German filmmaker Wim Wenders's stunning homage to the late-choreographer Pina Bausch, the ardent expressionism of Bausch's singular approach to dance-theater is visible in the dancers' ripped musculature, lined faces, wild hair, penetrating gazes, and fearless physicality. Wenders filmed the Oscar-nominated documentary in 3-D. After viewing the film, it's easy to see why. The technology gives Bausch's surrealist tableaux—"Le Sacre du Printemps" was danced in dirt; the staging for "Vollmond" included a boulder, a rainstorm, and a lake-like puddle—a breathtaking hyper-reality. Moreover, Wenders had the dancers perform sections of Bausch's work in fantastical settings around Wuppertal—the city in which Bausch originated her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal — including a glass building, industrial sites, and along a river. Moments to savor: the long solo en pointe and al carne; the sudden dive between circled arms; the repetitions that evolve into ineffable emotion. The film is a meeting of minds, imagination, and creativity that transcends space and time. Let's hope a local theater picks up the film for an extended run.
Wed., Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., 2012