Pina Bausch on Screen

April 22–May 9, 2020

In conjunction with a Cal Performances appearance by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, we feature films about, by, and influenced by Bausch, whose work transformed the visual and emotional vocabulary of dance.

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  • Pina

  • One Day Pina Asked . . .

  • The Complaint of an Empress

  • Dancing Dreams

  • Talk to Her

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Upcoming Films

  • In Focus: One Day Pina Asked . . .

    Chantal Akerman
    France, 1982

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

    • Wednesday, April 22 3:10 PM
    Sima Belmar and a Member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Conversation

    Chantal Akerman follows Pina Bausch and company on a European tour in this film intended as not just a documentary on Bausch but “a journey through her world.” With Bausch’s Café Müller, which “showed me in forty minutes more about men and women than the entire history of cinema” (Wim Wenders).

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  • The Complaint of an Empress

    Pina Bausch
    Germany, 1990

    Imported 35mm Print

    • Thursday, April 23 7 PM
    Introduction by Sima Belmar

    This brilliant video notebook offers unfiltered insight into Bausch’s wide-ranging imagination through a series of evocative intersecting scenes set in and around Wuppertal.

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  • Talk to Her

    Pedro Almodóvar
    Spain, 2002
    • Sunday, April 26 7 PM

    Pina Bausch’s Café Müller was one of Almodóvar’s inspirations for this Academy Award–winning film about the friendship between two men, each caring for a woman in a coma. “Almodóvar’s most mature and mysterious movie” (Newsweek).

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  • Off-Site Screening: Pina

    Wim Wenders
    Germany, 2011

    Special 3-D screening at the California Theatre, 2113 Kittredge Street, Berkeley

    • Tuesday, May 5 7 PM

    Filmed shortly after Bausch’s death, Pina was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and is frequently cited as one of the best dance movies—and 3-D movies—ever made. The dancing is exuberant and electrifying, especially on the big screen.

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  • Dancing Dreams

    Anne Tinsel, Rainer Hoffmann
    Germany, 2010
    • Saturday, May 9 5 PM

    This documentary follows a group of teenagers with no previous dance experience as they learn to perform Pina Bausch’s iconic dance Kontakthof (Contact Zone). This would be Bausch’s last appearance on screen.

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