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Wenders to restart 3D Bausch film

Pina Bausch
Bausch was a leading influence in the Tanztheater style of dance

German film director Wim Wenders is to re-start work on a 3D film based on the late choreographer Pina Bausch.

The project came to a halt when the renowned dancer died just days after being diagnosed with cancer in June.

Wenders said "a new concept has to be developed" for the project, which was originally set to feature three of Bausch's most innovative routines.

He added that the avant-garde dancer's "critical and loving eye is still very present in these works".


Three months of planning had taken place when Bausch died on 30 June.

The movie was due to highlight three of her seminal dances - Cafe Muller, which was first performed in 1978, The Rite Of Spring and Full Moon. Filming was due to begin in September.

In a statement, Wenders - whose previous films include Wings of Desire and Paris, Texas - said the film, simply titled Pina, would be "a homage" to the choreographer and "a deep bow to the beauty she released into the world".

Long-time smoker Bausch died five days after being diagnosed with cancer.

She last appeared on stage at Germany's Wuppertal Opera house on 21 June.

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