Those of you in the Vermont area are invited to a special screening of DEAR PINA, a modern dance documentary shot by UCP cinematographer Daniel Cojanu. Screenings will take place on Thursday, November 8th at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe and on Sunday, November 18th and the Flynn Theater in Burlington. Director Lukas Huffman will be in attendance for the Burlington screening.
Filmed during four of six sold out performances in June 2012, DEAR PINA, showcases Vermont’s best choreography and presents Hannah Dennison’s latest work, a dance/theater tribute to Pina Bausch, world-renowned German choreographer, who died in 2009.
The piece is staged at Shelburne Farms’ vast, historic Breeding Barn which is defined by soaring clerestories and an expansive dirt floor matching the grand scale of Bausch’s radical artistry. An ensemble of thirty dancers gives an evocative performance rooted in each person’s authentic emotions. The work combines traditional ensemble choreography with character-driven theatrical scenes, to explore themes of human relationships colored by passion, inspiration, and loss.
This breathtaking film features stunning cinematography, providing a propulsive visual experience that breaks narrative boundaries and reminds audiences of the richness and depths in their own lives. The entire piece is supported by a powerful original score of electronic music by David Severance, stunning lighting by Stefan Jacobs, understated/elegant costumes by Marz Black, a handsome set by Dennison/ Severance, all exquisitely filmed by Lukas Huffman, Daniel Cojanu and Seth Neary.