It is not very often that I get to write about dance presented in a different medium. But a film like Pina is an exception worthy of all of the attention and buzz. This incredible documentary is of the works of Pina Bausch, one the most stunningly original artistic voices of our lifetime. Ms. Bausch agreed to work with the brilliant film director Wim Wenders, who was inspired to create the film after seeing a performance of her company Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Filmed in 3-D and 2-D, this is a dazzling treat no matter the cinematic format. In the film, you will get the opportunity to see her work as presented on the stage and also re-staged for non traditional spaces, including the outdoors. The visceral nature of her work was ripe for this cinematic love poem. Her singular vision is something to behold. Do not be surprised if you encounter all of the dancers from our community in the audience. They are delirious with excitement to experience this film. I can think of no better endorsement.
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Pina is currently in the running for a Best Documentary Oscar at the 84th Annual Academy Awards being presented this Sunday. And honestly when can you say you have seen one of the oscar nominated films in this category?