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Dancing Dreams

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Two years ago, world-famous dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch selected 40 teenagers who had never heard her name to be part of her dance piece Contact Zone. For 10 months through opening night, the young dancers discover Bausch's genius and their own bodies. Pina Bausch died in 2009. A sensation at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, Dancing Dreams is a testiment to Bausch's revolutionary work.


Electrified audiences! While the film serves as a fitting elegy for Bausch, it also speaks to young people seeking creative fulfillment...a stimulating examination of the many ways in which art can give an electric charge to everyday experience. --The Hollywood Reporter

Marking the last filmed appearance of the late German dancer-choreographer Pina Bausch, the inspiring 'Dancing Dreams' illuminates the participants' emotional journey as well as the versatility of the strenuous, emotion-filled choreography. --Variety

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  • Actors: Pina Bausch
  • Directors: Anne Linsel, Rainer Hoffmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Z9RJPC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dancing Dreams" on IMDb

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Scully on September 5, 2011
Format: DVD
I don't know anything about dance and went to see this because my friend wanted someone to go with him. At first I was like "oh great what did I get myself into for the next hour and a half" because I didn't want to watch annoying teenagers do what seemed like horrible dance moves - especially after watching dancers with machine-like precision on So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. But there was so much more going on. These teenagers first of all seemed so different than american teenagers. They seem more authentic and more human somehow. It was amazing to see what was asked of them in the raw, behind the scenes, way we were able to see it. The teachers were so dedicated, such good guides, so in love with the youth of the teenagers. The teenagers themselves were transformed and the final product was actually really great. Pina seemed to understand the symbol she embodied, she was a muse and she took the responsibility seriously, pointing past herself to something great. Not many egos can withstand that but she bore the burden of what she represented very well. She was old and had seen it all in terms of dance yet she was as mesmerized as we were. I felt transported during this movie and afterward, I felt so alive. You can't ask for more from a movie than that.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By michael moodgroove on August 24, 2012
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I don't understand in this age of internet, Dvd and blu-ray - with the desire for people to seek out and find interesting things - why everything isn't available. So a camera crew is assembled to film Pina Bausch's dance company training students to perform one of her most famous pieces. It's absorbing. The documentary is fine. You get glimpses of the students practicing and a few actual segments of the show they are putting on. The non-professional cast of students recruited to perform the show are enaging and vulnerable as they open themselves up physically and mentally to perform an intimate work like "Contact." We get to learn a little of their backstories and personalities. As interesting as seeing the methods and work behind putting such a show on, ultimately in the end, I wanted to see the finished product. Where is it? It would seem if the work is so exciting and famous, that perhaps the show should have been it's own DVD and interviews with students and "making of" segments as special features. But what you get is a documentary about the making of Contact Zone while having no access to really seeing Contact Zone! Surely the performance was filmed in it's entirety. Why isn't THAT on the DVD? Kontakthof is never going to make an appearance in my little corner of Massachusetts and I doubt I'll schedule a trip to Germany - but isn't that the point of having all these cheap digital cameras, streaming and netflix around? It seems so obvious that the DVD buyer would want to see the full dance performance. It would be akin to making someone watch the DVD of all the "making of" documentaries from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and then never get to see the actual films!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Don Schwartz on January 6, 2011
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It all started with Kelly Hargraves. She's the publicist for First Run Features, and a primary source of so many of the great documentaries I see for review. Kelly has a passion for dance, for film, and the melding of the two. The inclusion of dance documentaries and dance films in First Run Features' catalog is the result of her passionate influence. In turn, this philistine's introduction to the worlds of dance film is directly due to her gentle persuasion. So, dear reader, you've been warned. This review of "Dancing Dreams" is composed by a vulgarian confronting a fine art -- for watching dance at its creative evolutionary edge is, for me at least, like entering another world with unfamiliar languages and rituals.

"Rehearsal Director." Now there's a new term on me. The two rehearsal directors are Josephine Ann Endicott and Bénédiete Billiet. They're in a dance hall, in Wuppertal, Germany, working with a large group of adolescents from more than 11 schools, teaching them a dance. But Billiet and Endicott didn't write the dance, I mean choreograph the dance. That was done by a lady named Pina Bausch who is, like, this world-famous dancer and choreographer who died in 2009. Bausch is in this movie, evaluating, helping, and teaching the dancers, but not all the time. Endicott and Billiet do almost all the teaching work.

This three-women producing/directing team is teaching these teenagers how to do this dance -- one which has been performed around the world for decades. Some of the kids have never danced before. I'm not sure how or why the team chose non-dancers, but I readily admit it makes the whole thing kinda more interesting -- especially considering this dance, called "Kontakthof", is something about how people connect with each other.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By angelica diaz on January 13, 2011
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If you love modern dance and Pina Baush's work you are going to love this movie. It is interesting and intense. It is inspiring to watchf this group of teenegers discover their love for dance and at the same time through the choreography of Pina Baush gain a new perspective about youth, love, and life.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By King Arthur on May 17, 2011
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From the moment I saw Darcy Bussell in the Royal Opera Ballet's performance of Sylvia I fell in love with her, and with ballet. As my collection grew, so did my knowledge of this wonderful mixture of mime and dance. Somewhere along the way, with ballets such as the Royal Opera Ballet's performance of Handel's Acis and Galatea, as choreographed by Wayne McGregor, and George Balanchine's Jewels/Joyaux with the Ballet of the Opera national de Paris, I began to see Ballet as part of the all encompassing art form called Dance. My explorations in the field of Dance has led me to Pina Bausch. Ms Bausch passed away in 2009. She left behind a body of work I am now beginning to explore. Dancing Dreams is a film made from portions of Ms. Bausch's larger work called Contact Zone. In that Work Ms. Bausch took 40 German teenagers, who had no experience with Ballet or Dance, and for ten months trained each of them to discover the magic of their own bodies, and, in so doing, made them better prepared to face the realities of the world around them. Everyone in the film speaks German (no problem for me) but there are English subtitles. The film is fun to watch. The reason? The young people are bright and bubbly. So full of life and free of inhibitions. Ms. Bausch's teachings encourages each of them to better understand their own inner workings, and, in so doing, to learn how to better relate with their peers, and with the world about them. The Bonus Materials include a Biography of Ms. Bausch. Kauf' diesen DVD! Es ist wirklich ausgezeichnet! King Arthur, Arthur Stanley Katz, May 18, 2011
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