“Dance, dance. Otherwise we are lost.” -Pina Bausch

Five years ago today, Pina Bausch left this world. She was born July 27, 1940 in Germany as Philippina, and was an amazing and influential dancer, teacher and choreographer who fearlessly explored themes of relationships, gender and emotion.  Pina was known for her elaborate sets, use of gesture and complex collaborations with her performers. If you are not familiar with her work, I suggest the Wim Wenders film “Pina,” as well as Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her” and Frederico Fellini’s “And the Ship Sails On.” Pina’s process and bold approach to dance has been an inspiration to me and embodies Butoh for me as well.  As Pina said, “There is only life and us.”