“Wim Wenders’s 3-D Pina may be the crowd-pleasing, pumped-up version of Bausch’s dances, Akerman’s vision is far more intimate and emotive.”— Film Comment
An encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the 20th century, One Day Pina Asked is Chantal Akerman’s look 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 rehearsals and performances over a five-week European tour, Akerman takes us inside their process. She interviews members of the company, who Bausch chose not only for their talents, but for certain intangible personal qualities as well. 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. “When I watched one of Pina’s performances for the first time a couple of years ago, I was overcome by an emotion I can’t quite define,” Akerman says. One Day Pina Asked is an attempt to define that emotion by traveling deep into Bausch’s world.
“Both [Bausch and Akerman] create reflective, large-scale visual compositions that convey a powerful but ambiguous emotional intensity.”— Stephen Holden, The New York Times
One Day Pina Asked…
Release date: 2013
Director: Chantal Akerman
Language: English; French / English subtitles
Running time: 57m
The Alliance Française & FRIEDAcommunity
Soirée Cinéma Français (French Movie Night)
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Chicken and vegetable casserole
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Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake
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This event is BYOB
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Date: Wednesday, February 22
5:30 pm – Pre-film dinner
6:30 pm – Film screening
Format: at FRIEDA, 320 Walnut Street
Group Size: 25-35 ppl
FRIEDAcommunity + The Alliance Française Member Price: $20 per person (plus tax)
Guest Price: $30 per person (plus tax)
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