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The Martin E. Segal Theater Center presents

Dancing Pina

At the Segal Theatre Film and Performance Festival 2024

A film by

FLorian Heinzen-Ziob

Dance, Documentary

This film will be screened in-person on May 18th.

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Dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch was one of the most important contributors to the modern Tanztheater in the 20th century. Dancing Pina celebrates the art of the legendary dancer and the people who interpret her work today. Two of her dance projects show how young dancers from all over the world are rediscovering Pina’s unique choreographic style: the venerable Semperoper in Dresden, Germany, and the École des Sables in a fishing village near Dakar, Senegal. The young dancers are guided by former members of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater company. But Pina is not someone who can simply be copied. The dancers have to re-live Pina’s choreographies with their bodies and their own stories. Like Sanguen Lee from South Korea, who was supposedly too tall to become a dancer. Or Gloria Ugwarelojo Biachi of Nigeria, who uses dance to represent her fight for equality. Or Julian Amir Lacey from the US, who had to overcome homophobic prejudices. It is a fascinating metamorphosis: While the performers of street dance, classical ballet and traditional and contemporary African dance forms transform Pina’s work, Pina’s choreographies transform the dancers.

Fontäne Film

About The Artist(s)

FLorian Heinzen-Ziob

Born 1984 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Florian Heinzen-Ziob is a freelance director and producer and co-founder of Fontäne Film production. He studied media arts and film directing at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. As an author, director and producer he realized the three Cinema documentaries ORIGINAL COPY, GERMAN CLASS and DANCING PINA. His films have been shown at over a hundred film festivals worldwide, including Rotterdam Film Festival, Hot Docs Toronto, Sheffield DocFest and DOK.fest Munich, and have received several awards. He lives and works in Cologne, Germany.

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