This guest-performance is supported by the Goethe-Institut Bulgarien and National Culture Fund.

Flags are an integral part of our lives. They indicate affiliation, from a football club to a nation, from a religion to a party during a political event. Sometimes they just mark things or objects that require attention, other times state deterrence or allowance.

Flags are twirled through the air and used at sea to communicate when nothing else works. Though people can now communicate across distances in real time thanks to satellites and broadband networks, flags still retain their importance for transporting concise messages.

In her new piece, the choreographer Paula Rosolen therefore focuses on this usually ignored means of communication. She superimposes several semiotic systems to create a visual language of her own, which is meant to transmit messages within her ensemble of dancers and between them and the audience. The theatre then becomes an experimental ground on which fundamental principles of communication – including misunderstandings and misdirected information – can be playfully experienced with validity even in the age of binary code.

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 a form of fitness training developed originally 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 the 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 continues to set her focus on peripheral topics in dance – researching movements of puppeteers or setting out in search of traces of Punk Rock. Her last production is “FLAGS” in co-production with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and will be also presented during the 14th edition of “Antistatic” Festival on 1st of June.

Her work has been shown at deSingel Arts Campus in Antwerp, Theaterfestival Basel, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Musée de la danse in Rennes, European Festival for Contemporary Dance in Poland, Centro Cultural de la Cooperación in Buenos Aires, Theaterdiscounter Berlin, Sophiensæle in Berlin, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, Museum Wiesbaden, Kampnagel in Hamburg, BE Festival in Birmingham, DPAC Kuala Lumpur, and Dance New Air Festival in Tokyo.

Paula Rosolen has had residencies at the K3 – Center for Choreography in Hamburg, Workspace Brussels, the Hessian State Ballet, the Goethe-Institute’s Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, and was a visiting fellow at the Saison Foundation in Tokyo.

She regularly teaches composition 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.

A production by Paula Rosolen / Haptic Hide. Co-production: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm as part of the Rhein-Main dance platform and the alliance of international production houses and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts. Funded by: NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ – Co-production funding for dance by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media based on a decision by the German Bundestag and the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts. With the kind support of: Quartier am Hafen, Argentinian General Consulate Frankfurt am Main and Morishita Studio / The Saison Foundation Tokyo. Paula Rosolen / Haptic Hide is funded by the cultural office of the city of Frankfurt am Main as part of the multi-year funding.

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