I was pleased to read an interview of Wim Wenders where he speaks about continuing work on his 3D documentary film about the dancer Pina Bausch, who unfortunately died in June 2009 – she died only five days after being diagnosed with cancer. I, like many, was an admirer of her work at the Tanztheater Wuppertal.


An update: The film Pina will be showing at Sydney Opera House on 17 April 2011. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director Wim Wenders. This is the final evening of the 10th Audi Festival of German Films in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth during April 2011.


In France it will be released on 6 April 2011; in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2011, and in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg it will be released on 4 May 2011.

Eva ‘La Yerbabuena’ was also an admirer of Pina Bausch – Eva refers to her as her muse –  and included a tribute to Pina Bausch in her most unforgettable show called El Huso de la Memoria (The Spindle of Memory) from 2006, in the same year that she was awarded the Premio Giraldillo al Baile at the XIV Bienal de Flamenco in Seville.

Every detail of El Huso de la Memoria have stayed in my mind ever since: the wonderful backdrop paintings of Eva’s grandparents by Óscar Mariné, the fabulous dancing of Eva and also the elements of Pina Bausch.

Eva ‘La Yerbabuena’ is exceptional in her soleás; so here is a YouTube link to her dancing a soleá.

© 2010 Thérèse Wassily Saba