German arthouse vete ran Wim Wenders’ tribute to late choreographer Pina Bausch exuberantly uses dance to flex 3D’s potential and 3D to make dance thrill cinematically.
StreetDance looks lead-footed next to Bausch’s astonishingly agile Tanztheater Wuppertal troupe gyrating through her playful, passionate routines.
Wenders loved Bausch but he stresses elemental themes and expressive physicality over reverence, using 3D to pull us in and minimize any sense of aesthetic detachment.
Talking-heads interludes weigh heavily on Bausch’s “legacy”, but when the extra-dimensional dancing is afoot, Pina all but spills out of the frame with vim and vigour.
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