Chantal Akerman's "One Day Pina Asked..." (9/13)

“Astonishing! Using lengthy takes and exacting compositions (two of her stylistic signatures), [Akerman] encourages us to reflect on how the dancers’ bodies give form to Bausch’s ideas. — Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

An encounter between two of the most remarkable female artists of the 20th century, One Day Pina Asked… is a look by Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles) at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her Wuppertal, Germany-based dance company. “This film is more than a documentary on Pina Bausch,” a narrator announces at the outset, “it is a journey through her world, through her unwavering quest for love.” Capturing the company’s striking dances and elaborate stagings (a mixture of movement, monologue and narrative elements that drew upon explosive, often painful emotions) over a five-week European tour, Akerman takes us inside their process. The dancers describe the development of various dances, and the way that Bausch calls upon them to supply autobiographical details around which the performances were frequently built. Akerman also shows us excerpts from performances of Bausch dances, including Komm Tanz Mit Mir (Come Dance with Me) (1977), Nelken (Carnations) (1982), Walzer (1982), and 1980 (1980), all recorded with Akerman’s singular visual touch. Plus, short subject before the feature TBA!
Dir. Chantal Akerman, 1983, DigiBeta, 57 min.

Watch the trailer for “One Day Pina Asked…”!