In 2009 German director Wim Wenders was preparing to make a documentary film about the great German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch when her heavy smoking caught up with her and she died within a few days of receiving a cancer diagnosis.
Wenders initially cancelled the project, but changed his mind when the dancers of Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch asked that the production go ahead as planned and be made as a memorial to her.
The result is a unique film that will transfix even viewers with no special interest in dance. Bausch is seen in it from time to time in older footage, overseeing rehearsals and uttering brief, vivid remarks about the power of dance. At one point she says that there are feelings that words are powerless to express, and that this is where dance comes in.
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