Documentary films

Pina Bausch (1940 – 2009)

Pina Busch„I am looking for something I felt, or touched, or saw, or somebody I met. It could be something very simple, what happens because of the people who are there and how they interact. I would like to see, to learn, to meet, and then see what happens”
Pina Bausch

“Pina Bausch” (2006), 45 min
Documentation by Anne Linsel

She was celebrated as the »Mother Courage of modern dance«: the choreographer Pina Bausch. With dance pieces like Bluebeard, Nelken or The Window Cleaner she has rewritten the history of dance like hardly anyone before her. In this portrait she speaks about the beginnings of the Wuppertaler Tanztheater and her artistic journey. She talks for the first time in many years about her performances, co-productions with other cities and countries as well as rehearsals and her experiences on tour.

Merce Cunningham (1919-2009)

Merce Cunningham“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive. It is not for unsteady souls.”
Merce Cunningham

„A Lifetime of Dance” (2000) 90 min

Revolutionary dancer, choreographer, author and filmmaker Merce Cunningham is profiled in this extensive documentary. Exciting film footage of his work and interviews with early colleagues illuminate the prolific life of this enlightened artist and paint a comprehensive portrait of his distinguished career — from his time as a soloist with Martha Graham’s dance company to his innovative collaborations with inventive composer John Cage.