Dancing dreams

Dancing dreams

DVD - 2010 | German
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Two years ago, world-famous dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch selected forty teenagers who had never heard her name to be part of her dance piece Contact Zone. For ten months through opening night, the young dancers discover Bausch's genius and their own bodies.
Publisher: [New York] : First Run Features, 2010
Branch Call Number: 792.82092 D
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Before 'Pina' (Wim Wenders' documentary about choreographer Pina Bausch), there was 'Dancing Dreams' in which a group of 40 teenagers learn Bausch's deceptively simple choreography. Many emotions are implied in the male-female dynamics and it's fascinating to watch such young dancers take up the ... Read More »

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Dec 03, 2018

Really a great documentary! It's not Wim Wenders bio, so I wouldn't compare it to that, but Pina Bausch was a true original, in line with Isadora Duncan, Agnes de Mille, Martha Grahame, and Twyla Tharp.
This documentary is about young teen performers, some who have no dance training, and all of the discoveries along the way. I loved hearing the teen's stories- the Roma born in Bosnia, the two best friends, the girl who lost her father a few years back. And then watching Bausch's dancer's work with them, through the process to not just doing the steps, but actually performing the piece.
Bausch, like most dancers before the 1990's, smoked. Rehearsal studios used to be filled with cigarette smoke. One comment said she was not someone that teens should look up to. I disagree. That was the culture, and at the time of this documentary she was already dying. She gave a lot to this world. I don't begrudge her last cigarettes, and I doubt any of the teens involved would begin smoking because they saw her do it.
An added bonus of this movie is the scenes of Wuppertal, in particular their monorail suspension train.

Jun 09, 2018

This is an 'OK' documentary which follows 40 teenagers as they trained for a performance for Pina Bausch. My problem is the blending of dance and stage act was creative but not entertaining. Pina herself, a chain-smoker with an emaciated body, does not in my view personify someone who the teenagers should look up too. My very personal view is her work has overrated, as it often suffers from the 'different-for-the-sake-of-being-different' syndrome.

grh3646 Mar 08, 2015

All high school dancers should see this film. Kontakthof is very much a dance piece about growing up.

Aug 11, 2012

Unfair comparison with Wenders' luminous evocation of Bausch and her art, Pina. By contrast, Dancing Dreams is more of a study of a specific creation --Kontakthof --as experienced and rehearsed by a group of thoughtful young people. Whereas Wenders' Pina finds a filmic equivalent for Bausch's sinuous melancholy, Dancing Dreams reveals more of the workaday aspects of her choreographic methods. This is especially true as Bausch herself appears only briefly, towards the end. The true standard bearers for Bausch's techniques are Benedictine and especially Jo, rehearsal directors who teach, demonstrate and coach the teenagers of the film.

Jul 13, 2012

Totally recommend! Better than Wender's film on Bausch.

Jul 25, 2011

It was somewhat interesting to watch a bunch of teenagers become comfortable learning the roles that they were being asked to perform. It's a lowkey DVD perfect for a quiet day.


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