Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide
Flags and banners are integral parts of our lives. They indicate affiliation with a football club in stadiums or represent a nation during a political event. They are skilfully twirled through the air and are used at sea and by the military to communicate signals and messages. And even though people can now communicate across great distances almost in real time thanks to satellites and broadband networks, flags retain their importance for transporting messages. In her new piece, Frankfurt choreographer Paula Rosolen therefore focuses on this much-ignored means of communication. She superimposes various semiotic systems of using flags to create a semiotic language of her own, which is meant to transmit messages between her ensemble of dancers and the audience. The theatre becomes an experimental ground on which fundamental principles of communication – including misunderstandings and misdirected information – can be playfully experienced which validity even in the age of binary code.
No language skills required
Duration: ca. 75 min.
1.2.2020 | 8 p.m.
2.2.2020 | 6 p.m.
artist talk afterwards
3.2.2020 | 8 p.m.
7 p.m. Warm Up
FLAGS is part of the Winter Dance Special
Paula Rosolen studied dance at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and completed a master’s degree in choreography at Justus Liebig University in Giessen. In her choreographic pieces, she works along the boundaries between dance, performance, music and theater. Paula Rosolen aims to make visible the dance that is inherent to popular culture and mundane activities. These subjects are always studied from a distinct point of view and are usually set in a foreign context. In Aerobics! – A Ballet in 3 Acts (2015), for example, she dealt with this form of fitness training, which was developed for the U. S. Air Force. She was invited to show this piece at the 2016 German Dance Platform and was awarded 1st prize at international competition Danse Élargie, organized by the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and the Musée de la danse in Rennes. In Puppets (2016) and Punk (2018) she continue to set her focus on peripheral topics in dance – sets out in search of traces of punk rock and the research movements of puppeteers.
Paula Rosolen has had residencies at Goethe-Institute’s Villa Kamogava in Kyoto, K3 Center for Choreography in Hamburg, Workspace Brussels, Hessian State Ballet and at the Saison Foundation in Tokyo, most recently.
Her work has been shown at deSingel Arts Campus in Antwerp, Theaterfestival Basel, the Théâtre de la Ville, the Musée de la danse in Rennes, the European Festival for Contemporary Dance in Poland, the Centro Cultural de la Cooperación in Buenos Aires, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, the Sophiensæle in Berlin, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, the Museum Wiesbaden and Kampnagel, Hamburg.
She regularly teaches composition and dance technique at institutions such as Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, Bilgi University in Istanbul, the Boston Conservatory, the Shikoku Gakuin University, the Monochrome Dance Company in Kyoto (JP), Owl Spot Theatre Tokyo, Kyoto International Dance Workshop Festival and many more.