Dr. Peter Beicken's Conference Participation
On Friday, February 24, 2017, Prof. Peter Beicken opened the international Wenders Conference at the University of Richmond (“Change is Possible and Necessary: New Perspectives on Wim Wenders as Filmmaker and Visual Critic”) with his presentation on Wenders' 2011 film "Pina" addressing it as "A Cinematic Homage." A native of Wuppertal, Beicken followed Pina Bausch's world-famous Wuppertaler Tanztheater since its inception in 1973. Over the years he attended several of the performances and also met the choreographer. One of the high points was an hour-long skype conversation of the conference participants with Wim Wenders in Berlin. Beicken also displayed several of his Pina Bausch Tanztheater posters, such as "Kontakthof" (1978) one of her most famous signature pieces.