Is Pina One of the Greatest Dance Movies Ever Made?

The director dissects his Oscar-nominated documentary at Cinerama.

By Laura Dannen February 10, 2012

Pina isn’t just a dance movie in the same way The Red Shoes wasn’t about footwear. In this Oscar-nominated documentary, director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club) composes a visually stunning eulogy of German dance pioneer Pina Bausch, who died of cancer shortly after she and Wenders started preproduction on the film in 2009. Wenders, in turn, pays tribute by documenting four of Bausch’s most elaborate pieces, performed by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch company members. In The Rite of Spring dancers crisscross a stage covered in dirt; for Vollmond they splash through a sheet of water. They also take Bausch’s choreography outdoors, spinning through meadows and in front of factories.

Now imagine all that…but in 3D. Impossibly long limbs look even longer—it’s a much better use of the technology than, say, Piranha 3D. “This is a stunning work of art, and we are proud to introduce it to our community," said Seattle Cinerama operator Greg Wood in a statement. Cinerama screens Pina (3D) for a limited run starting today; after that, it moves to SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. And the best part: On February 17 at 8pm, Wenders will attend a Cinerama screening, followed by a Q&A with Spectrum Dance’s Donald Byrd. It’s the director’s first appearance in Seattle in 15 years, and sure to be mobbed with dance and film fans alike. Tickets ($30) are on sale now.

Pina (3D)
Feb 10–16, Seattle Cinerama
Feb 17, 8pm, screening and Q&A

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