March 30, 2012
Dance-spiration Friday: PINA
I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Wim Wenders PINA this past Tuesday night. It was mind-bogglingly gorgeous. I do not think that I have ever seen dance shot so beautifully for film.
From a technical standpoint - I was struck with the simplicity, almost primitive nature of the footwork in Bausch's choreography, which is very different from the ballet tradition that I grew up in. However, the simple footwork draws the audience member's eyes to the gorgeously expressive upper body and human gestures. Her work is earthy, raw and out there - like a Dali painting in motion. Truly something special.
At the beginning of the film, there was a wonderful audio clip of Pina talking about dance. She said something to the effect of "Words can only say or express so much - THAT is where dance comes in." Seeing PINA with my friends, three of my dancers and a wonderful theatre artist/musician, made me itchy to work, to make something beautiful. I think, next week, it is finally time to go back into the studio to play!
EDIT: Here is a wonderful blog post on Pina.