Paula Rosolen, Puppets
© Jörg Baumann

Paula Rosolen: Puppets

The first resident of the project module was Frankfurt-based choreographer Paula Rosolen, who developed her new play “Puppets” as part of a cross-municipal residence. Rosolen had already worked with both the Hessisches Staatsballett and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. In “Puppets” she continues her exploration of hidden choreographic structures that she started in “Piano Men” and “Libretto”. Rosolen’s focus here lies on the movements of puppeteers when guiding puppets, which she examnies for their choreographic potential.

While over many centuries, not least through the famous essay “Über das Marionettentheater” by Heinrich von Kleist, the metaphor of the puppet is used to describe the ideal of a completely manipulable and controllable dancer’s body, Rosolen now focuses on the bodies that actually stand behind these puppets. Rosolen is particularly interested in the group choreographies that arise when several players work together on one large doll. The emotional expression of the puppet as well as the harmonic rhythm is created by a special form of the players’ synchronisation. For the preparation of the play Rosolen worked not only in Frankfurt and Darmstadt, but was also a resident of the Goethe-Institut in the Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, where she researched the Japanese puppet show “Bunraku”.

© Jörg Baumann

Paula Rosolen studied dance at the HfMDK (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst) in Frankfurt as well as choreography and performance at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen. In her works she often deals with ignored phenomena in dance and theater and examines them for their choreographic potential. In her play “Aerobics! A ballet in three acts “, which won the renowned prize” Danse élargie “at the Paris Théâtre de la Ville and for which she was invited to Tanzplattform Deutschland 2016, she deconstructs the movement patterns of aerobics and fuses them with compositional principles of the romantic ballet.

Paula Rosolen’s works have been performed in Germany as well as internationally in renowned theaters and festivals, such as ZKM Karlsruhe, Pact Zollverein, Frankfurt LAB, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Kampnagel, European Festival for Contemporary Dance Poland and Centro Cultural de la Cooperacion in Buenos Aires.

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