Director Wim Wenders pays tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch in this 3D performance/documentary hybrid. It’s a joy for fans of modern interpretive dance as Wenders showcases some of Bausch’s best known achievements both on the stage and in thematically complementary exteriors. Darkness often encompasses the performers, providing confined spaces with the feel of endless landscapes. Archive footage and audio are interspersed with the choreography as Bausch’s loyal collaborators testify to her accomplishments and work ethic. Wenders refrains from providing biographical information on the subject, which will obviously frustrate the uninformed, especially if they fail to be wowed by the performances themselves. Not for the working class, Pina is a worthwhile HD journey for those with the patience to embrace the art form.
Pina opens today at select area theaters including UA Riverview Plaza, Rave Ritz Center 16, and AMC Neshaminy 24.