AnOther take on Pina

Pina was unequivocally Leg of Lamb’s top film of 2011.  Director Wim Wenders’ homage to the late German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch (who died suddenly, two days before filming commenced) is an exuberant celebration of the artist’s life and practice.  In the film, members of the Pina Bausch dance company (the Tanztheater Wuppertal) perform excerpts from some of the choreographer’s key pieces in and around her home town.  Bausch embraced the big themes – love, joy, despair – with a disarming degree of sensitivity and humour, and the film is a moving testament to the dancer and her legacy.  The same can’t be said of a more recent tribute.

Late last year, AnOther Magazine commissioned a short film (above) featuring Rachel Weisz to coincide with the launch of their Winter issue.  Directed by Craig McDean, Weisz’s series of ‘non-narrative micro performances’ were directly inspired by Pina.  But let’s face it, whacking on some lippie and staggering around in a pretty dress just isn’t going to cut it…

AnOther take on Pina

The End of an Era

The interior of Parsons Bookshop, Auckland

New Zealand’s best art bookshop Parsons is closing its doors after 36 years in business. Keen to (semi) retire, owners Roger and Helen Parsons have been unable to find an interested  buyer and will instead run ‘Parsons Library Supply’ – a special order service for hard to find New Zealand, Pacific and Maori titles – from their garden shed in Ponsonby.  A victim of the rise of online stores like Amazon and Book Depository, Parsons’ closure is a sad loss for Auckland.

The End of an Era