Until seeing this film, I might have felt comfortable admitting that I have no particular interest in dance as an art form. Perhaps this is because I have never experienced a form of dance that genuinely resonated with my emotional orientation. But Pina Baucsch, the German modern dance innovator, created a theatrical, emotive sensual style unlike anything I have ever seen. In the same way that the Velvet Underground defined both a sound and a haunting interpretation the human condition, Bausch created an atmosphere of beautiful, fluid, jarring expression.
As if her choreography alone didn’t create a unique texture, German auteur Wim Wenders embraced 3D technology to add further dimensionality to translate the nuance and emotion of modern dance. Like Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” “Pina” is proof that 3D filmmaking, appropriately used, can enhance the theatrical experience well beyond what it does for animation and action films. Ultimately the film blends her original pieces, with interviews, archival footage, and interviews into something something unlike anything that has come before it. “Pina” is milestone film and miraculous tribute to one of the great artists of the modern age.