Because my life and my work have been so influenced by her, I am a complete pushover for all things Pina Bausch. I attended the school she ran – Folkwang Hochshule – at a very early age, was classmates with many of her original dancers (including the remarkable Lutz Forster), studied with her late company class master Hans Zullig, and knew Pina personally. As such, I am easily moved by tributes to her, especially if they are powerful and hit a mark.
Although it is not strictly a dance film in the true sense of the word – rather a documentation of a stage work – I wanted to share this piece. This segment of Nowhere, conceived & directed by experimental director and choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou, is the central scene of a work that is intended to explore the stage as a “a spatial mechanism continually transformed and redefined by the human presence to denote any place, and yet designed to be a non-place.” Papaioannou was the creative director ten years ago for the Athens 2004 Olympics and clearly knows how to deal with a mass of people in performance.
Without sound, and with the sheer power of multiple bodies moving with simplicity and grace as one, I find this segment utterly compelling and beautiful. I think Pina would have felt the same, and I hope you do too.