Dancing Pina

Florian Heinzen-Ziob, Germany, 2022, 111’, Toronto Premiere

In English, German, and French, with English subtitles

Dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch was one of the most important contributors to the modern Tanztheater in the 20th century. Dancing Pina celebrates the art of the legendary dancer and the people who interpret her work today. Two of her dance projects show how young dancers from all over the world are rediscovering Pina’s unique choreographic style: the venerable Semperoper in Dresden, Germany, and the École des Sables in a fishing village near Dakar, Senegal. The dancers have to re-live Pina’s choreographies with their bodies and their own stories. It is a fascinating metamorphosis: While the performers of street dance, classical ballet and traditional and contemporary African dance forms transform Pina’s work, Pina’s choreographies transform the dancers.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/713713682

Showtime: Saturday, 11 November, 5:30 PM, Innis Town Hall