Recently, by chance, I had the opportunity to view a trailer for an upcoming film. The film is called, “Pina” and is a documentary honoring choreographer, Pina Bausch. It was so inspiring and represents the ultimate of emotional expression that we would love to see developed in our Elite athletes in the freestyle event.
Pina Bausch (1940—2009) is one of the most significant choreographers of our time.
For more than 30 years and in more than 40 works, and until her death in 2009, Bausch aimed to define human existence from the mundane—the countless greetings and farewells that punctuate each day—to larger issues, such as the loss of innocence, the love of life, the fear of death, and, along the journey, the inexorable aging process. In her inimitable way, she plumbed the extremes of human feeling with spoken or danced phrases, repeated actions, and seemingly simple gestures. Bausch’s trademark collages of dance, music, dialogue, and stage design earned her overwhelming critical acclaim. Dance Magazine, which honored her with an award in 2008, said of her work, “like an archaeologist, Bausch digs up what social conventions and our self-protecting mechanisms insist on hiding. She scratches into the soil of human nature and then assembles her artifacts, shards and all.”