I’ve always had an above average respect and admiration for dance. Dancing is obviously a major part of musical theater, which as most of my friends know is something I adore, and I have always liked the dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance. Hey, I even saw Twyla Tharp speak once when I interned at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.

With that being said, Pina, a new documentary about German choregrapher Pina Bausch, opened my eyes to a whole new side of dance. The performances in this documentary were beautiful, fascinating, confusing, weird and all together entertaining. The film features stunning performances of some of her most important dance pieces, performed in some of the most stunning settings in the world. (seriously, watch the trailer below.)

Pina Bausch was obviously a talented and creative force. Her choreography pushed the boundaries of what people consider dance and blurred the lines between performance, theater and dance. Bausch’s work showcased the powerful things you can do with the human body.

This movie is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. You don’t need to be a self-admitted dance fan to receive my recommendation to see this movie. As long as you have an open mind and can appreciate art in many forms.

Word on the street is that Pina is the front runner for the best documentary feature Academy Award this weekend. I will certainly be cheering it on.

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