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Pina The Criterion Collection. 103 minutes. $29.95. (Blu-ray 3-D/ Blu-ray edition $49.95.)

The documentary Pina, a love letter from film director Wire Wenders and the dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal to their late director, is now available on DVD. In addition to the dazzling film (see "Plugged In," Dec. 2011), a second disc of bonus features sheds light on the filming process--and the company's inner workings. In "The Making of Pina," Wenders explains that the film was entirely dependent on the availability of 3-D, and how it was reborn after Bausch's sudden death. We briefly see the company in class and rehearsal--Sacre in practice clothes is a revelation--and hear the melange of languages in which the dancers and artistic staff communicate.

Some of Pina's most affecting moments come from the excerpted solos and duets, shot in and around the picturesque city of Wuppertal. It's no wonder: Wenders explains that he echoed Bausch's own creative process of asking the dancers questions and having them respond not with words, but movement. He requested, though, that they choose phrases that Bausch "had her eyes on, that you had worked on together," as he says in the film.

Gems found in the 14 deleted scenes include Fernando Suels Mendoza's undulating solo from Bamboo Blues and Dominique Mercy's poignant performance from Iphigenia in Tauris, the first solo he performed for Bausch in 1973. This Criterion Collection release deepens the experience of an already brilliant film, in which the humanity of Bausch's dances can be kept forever.

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Title Annotation:Pina The Criterion Collection
Author:Poon, Kina
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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