What Moves Us To Change OR What Pina Taught Me About Work & Life

I saw Pina today. If you haven’t seen it yet you should. It made me think about the kind of change that individuals and organizations can make and are making in work and life. I learned valuable lessons from this astonishing dancer, choreographer, and in effect, management coach from her dancers and their movement. Inspired by what I saw in the film, the following quotes are taken from this article by Pina Bausch herself. Food for thought.

On Parenting Values:

“My parents were very proud of me although they almost never saw me dance. They were never particularly interested in it either. But I felt myself greatly loved by them. I didn’t have to prove anything. They trusted me; they never blamed me for anything. I never had to feel guilty, not even later on. It is the most beautiful gift they could have given me.”

On Motherhood:

“I have now been allowed to experience how a person is born. And how one’s view of the world changes as a result. How a child experiences things. How free of prejudice it looks at everything. What natural trust is given to someone? In general to understand: a human being is born. Experiencing independently of this how and what is going on in your own body, how it is changing. Everything happens without me doing anything. And all of this then keeps flowing into my pieces and my work.”

On Professional Growth/Development:

“Arno Wüstenhöfer asked me to take over the Wuppertal Ballet as director…I didn’t have the confidence to do it. I was very frightened. I loved working freely. But he wouldn’t give up and kept asking me until I finally said: “I can give it a try.” Then, at the beginning−I was afraid to say, “I don’t know,” or “let me see.” I wanted to say, “OK, we’ll do this and this.” I planned everything very meticulously but soon realized that, apart from this planned work; I was also interested by completely different things that had nothing to do with my plans. Little by little I knew… that I had to decide: do I follow a plan or do I get involved with something which I don’t know where it will take me.”

Pina also said, “I’m not interested in how people move but what moves them.” Likewise, I want to hear from you. If you’ve seen the film, what did you think about it’s messages? If not, what do you think of the quotes above. What moves you?



PINA – Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost – International Trailer from neueroadmovies on Vimeo.


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