Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide

Performance Tanz 2022/23

In the contemporary dance production „16BIT“, Paula Rosolen and six dancers dive into the circumstances that allowed techno to become an artform and social phenomenon. Emerging from a decades-deep transatlantic cultural exchange, techno has given voice and purpose to marginalised communities, incubated scientific experimentation and cour- ted the avant-garde through technological and cultural revolutions. It’s an Afrofuturist ex- pression for the Black community in Detroit, and it embodied liberation and reunification as the Berlin wall fell.

„16BIT“ absorbs these ideas and examines the evolution of techno from the ill-defined, DIY landscape of 1980s electronic music through to the globally recognised genre that her- alded the early 90s. As a performance, „16BIT“ expresses the inherent energy of techno’s progressive arc in movement, embodying the music’s physicality and depicting the perse- verance and exhaustion of the collective body as their symbolic, socially-charged dance- floor virtuosity takes on a hypnotic dimension.

Audience discussion afterwards on 10.02.

Duration: 1 h

Little English language.

Please note: There will be the use of strobe lights.


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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. As an author, choreographer and director she has created original work and staged performances at several theatre houses and festivals. Her work has been shown at deSingel Arts Campus in Antwerp, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Theaterfestival Basel, Musée de la Danse in Rennes, European Festival for Contemporary Dance in Poland, Centro Cultural de la Cooperación in Buenos Aires, DPAC Kuala Lumpur, BE Festival in Birmingham, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts, TD Berlin, the Sophiensæle in Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, Museum Wiesbaden, Kampnagel in Hamburg, at the Cologne Opera and at Dance New Air Festival in Tokyo. In addition to these performances, Rosolen has also held residencies at K3 Center for Choreography in Hamburg, Workspace Brussels, Hessian State Ballet, Goethe-Institute’s Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto and at Saison Foundation in Tokyo.

Idea, choreography, direction: Paula Rosolen

Concept: Paula Rosolen, J.M. Fiebelkorn

Created with and danced by: Capucine Schattleitner, Daniel Conant, Felipe Faria, Kyle Patrick, Steph Quinci, Steven Fast

Music: Nicolas Fehr, featuring excerpts of the track “Where Are You?” by 16 BIT

Sound: Mauro Zannoli

Lighting: Tanja Rühl

Costumes: Anika Alischewski, J.M. Fiebelkorn

Production Management: Dominga Ortuzar Bullemore

Choreographic assistant: Christopher Matthews

Research: Oli Warwick

Graphic Design & Visuals: Yuka Sano, J.M. Fiebelkorn

A production by Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide in co-production with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm as part of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main and CCN-Ballet National de Marseille as part of accueil studio / French Ministry of Culture. Supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art. With the kind support of Tanzbüro München, Tanztendenz München e.V. and Schwere Reiter Tanz. 


The revival of 16BIT is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR 

Haptic Hide receives a multi-year grant from the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main and is supported by Bureau Ritter / TANZPAKT RECONNECT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative.