One Day Pina Asked… – Chantal Akerman (1983)

“A fortuitous encounter between two icons of film and dance, Chantal Akerman and Pina Bausch, One Day Pina Asked… is Akerman’s singular look at the work of the remarkable choreographer and her Wuppertal Tanztheater during a five-week European tour. More than a conventional documentary, Akerman’s film is a journey through her world, composed of striking images and personal memories transformed. Capturing the company’s rehearsals and assembling performance excerpts from signature works such as Komm Tanz Mit Mir (Come Dance with Me, 1977) and Nelken (Carnations, 1982), the director applies her unique visual skills to bring us close to her enigmatic subject.”
Film Society of Lincoln Center
ARTFORUM: Save the Last Tanz
YouTube: “One Day Pina Asked…” (1983) Clip, Nelken, excerpt: The Man I Love


The Seven Deadly Sins – Pina Bausch (1976)

“For almost ten years ‘Die sieben Todsünden’ – ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ had not been presented in Wuppertal. Pina Bausch had turned it into a so-called ‘Tanzabend’ in 1976 by combining it with the series of song-scenes of ‘Fürchtet euch nicht’. It is an entanglement of the music of Kurt Weill, played live by the orchestra, and sung text from Bertolt Brecht. In November 2008 the reenactment had been presented in the frame of ‘Fest mit Pina’ at Schauspielhaus with a sensation back then: the original cast of the main character of ‘Todsünden’, Josephine Ann Endicott, was dancing again – decision of the choreographer. Yet, she would not be convincing anymore as the young girl, Anna II,- only maybe in kind of an awry reminiscence of once. Now, nine years after Pina Bausch’s death, this dancer is standing on stage again in the second part of the evening with asking and shaking shoulders, right up, left up, with a lifted hem of her skirt and a conquering gaze: Here I am, ‘geht’s noch?’ (‘does it still work?’), she shouts, lay your applause to my feet is what she means. The audience obeys. Out of respect or curiosity but probably also out of loyalty and being moved. The question of the ‘casting’ is hanging above each reenactment, especially above those of the older pieces. Who of those long-standing dancers and actors that worked for Pina Bausch are still performing and who from the new members is taking over which roles and how are they fulfilling those? Is the piece still what it should be? It is most likely for that exact reason that Adolphe Binder is taking those old Bausch pieces out of their boxes again: to test their viability. You might be telling them a very last goodbye. …”
Tanzweb Städte
Guardian: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
W – The Seven Deadly Sins (ballet chanté)
“The Seven Deadly Sins” by Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht