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35 MIN


Pina Bausch, the world-famous dancer, choreographer and director of Tanztheater Wuppertal, died in June 2009. She left highly important artistic legacies that go well beyond the realm of dance. But why is her legacy still important to us?

The film begins with Marc Wagenbach’s perspective: from his personal connection to Wuppertal and his time working with Pina Bausch. He encounters other people who maintain the artist’s legacy in very different and personal ways. The narrative arises from different images, fictional sequences, and flashbacks — with everyday stories juxtaposed with dance sequences and interviews. From realistic-journalistic to magical-surrealistic, the film is a poetic road documentary, a different view on Pina Bausch’s heritage. 

Touched is a personal film about identity and loss, the function of art in society, the citizens of Wuppertal and their memories.


dancescreen 2019 + TANZRAUSCHEN Festival

Wuppertal, Germany


RIFF- Festival 2020



70th Berlinale - European Film Market 2020


Cast and Credits

Directors, Producers



Jukka Rajala-Granstubb

Marc Wagenbach

Mila Münster

Jutta Dollbaum

Rainer Dollbaum

Hartmut Göhlich

Milton Camilo

Dagmar Beilmann


Malakta Films Ltd 

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Director's Statement

For me, it is a very intimate film. It took me a very long time to accept that I have to tell my personal story to be able to talk about all of us — to express how much Pina Bausch’s work and its vulnerability has influenced me, just as it has so many other people around the world. We all have something in common: to be touched by dance, to be touched by being human. 

Director's Biography

Jukka Rajala-Granstubb has a Bachelor of Culture and Arts in Filmmaking. After years of working as an editor and director at YLE broadcaster, he started the Malakta Art Factory (MALAKTA Films). As a cinematographer he has worked for many short films and drama series. As a filmmaker, he makes films about people, pursuing interests in their stories to transfer their energy, ideas and experiences onto film. Rajala-Granstubb refers to his filmworks as “portrait films”, as they are conceived and completed with the subject as sole focus. His films have been awarded and screened internationally.

Marc Wagenbach studied Theater Studies, Film and Television Studies at the University of Cologne (Germany) in Sydney (Australia), gaining his doctorate in the field of Media Studies and Aesthetics at the University of Cologne. In 2007, he became assistant to Pina Bausch. Following her passing, Marc was appointed to be Research and Development Manager of the Pina Bausch Foundation from 2009 to 2013. In 2014, he founded Ekeby International Research Center for Contemporary Arts in the Netherlands. Marc works internationally as a creative producer, dramaturge, and author.

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