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One Day Pina Asked...

Chantal AKERMAN

  • France
  • 1983
  • 57 min
  • G
  • DCP
  • color

Asian Premiere

SYNOPSIS

Long fixed shots take us into the universe of Pina Bausch. Excerpts from her shows alternate with pictures of her actors and dancers during rehearsals with Pina. During the brief interviews, they all say, at some point: "One day, Pina asked me..." 

 


 

PROGRAM NOTE

In 1983, Chantal Akerman followed Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal's tour from La Scala in Milan to Venice, and to the Festival d’Avignon for five weeks, and captured their performances and rehearsals. Akerman confesses that she had an impulse even to close her eyes when she encountered their performance for the first time, and she reconstructs the sudden feelings that occurred in her film by using performance scenes and behind-the-scenes as her materials.

Pina Bausch talked with dancers from all over the world about their private experiences and translated it into a performance to theatrically personalize the dancers, demolishing the traditional dance trait that washes the personality of the body for "physical anonymity." For instance, Lutz Förster (who worked as a Tanztheater Wuppertal's art director from 2013 to 2016 after Bausch died in 2009) recalls— "one day, Pina asked," so he sang “The Man I Love,” composed by Gershwin, with the sign language he just learned—and Bausch engraved it into her monumental piece, Carnations. The audience will never forget Förster's gestures that represent and simultaneously suppress the “idea of love,” or the “event” which Akerman makes it seen twice in the movie. [SHIN Eun-shil]​ 

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
227 2023-08-26 | 16:00 - 16:57 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 9
517 2023-08-29 | 17:30 - 18:27 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 9

Director

  • Chantal AKERMAN

    Born in Brussels in 1950 and passed away in Paris in 2015, Chantal Akerman was a Belgian film director, screenwriter and artist. She is best known for her film Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles was ranked the first in Sight and Sound magazine’s "Greatest Films of All Time” Critics’ poll 2022.

     

Credit

  • ProducerAlain PLAGNE
  • Cast Pina BAUSCH
  • Screenwriter Alain PLAGNE
  • Cinematographer Luc BENHAMOU, Babette MANGOLTE

CONTACT

INA | Sophie MORLON | smorlon@ina.fr