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Pina Bausch: 'Danzon' and 3-D ... and then what?

December 7, 2011 |  6:00 am

Wim Wenders’ 3-D documentary on Pina Bausch, which has been featured in film festivals and already released on DVD in Europe, is already getting plenty of attention before it reaches U.S. theaters next month. So last weekend’s appearance by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Berkeley, where the company made only one of  two North America stops this season (the other was in Toronto), was an obvious occasion of curiosity.

And not just to see Bausch’s dancers in actual 3-D. It was an occasion to wonder about whence these Wuppertalers. Wenders’ “Pina” is really a memorial for the company’s founder and maker of all its works, who died in 2009.

So now what? That’s the question addressed in this critic's notebook on the performance of Bausch’s “Danzón.”


Pina Bausch dies at 68; innovative German choreographer

Wim Wenders' 3-D documentary on Pina Bausch coming to U.S. theaters

Pina Bausch remembered

-- Mark Swed

Photo: Alex Cucek in Pina Bausch's “Danzón." Credit: Laszlo Szito/Tanztheater Wuppertal