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
Duration: 1 h
Little English language.
Please note: There will be the use of strobe lights.
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
Music: Nicolas Fehr
Created with and danced by: Daniel Conant, Felipe Faria, Steven Fast, Kyle Patrick, Steph Quinci, Capucine Schattleitner
Lighting design and Technical Management: Tanja Rühl
Costumes: Anika Alischewski, J.M. Fiebelkorn
Choreographic Assistant: Christopher Matthews
Research: Oli Warwick
Sound Engineer: Mauro Zannoli
Graphic Design & Visuals: Yukako Sano, J.M. Fiebelkorn
Production Management: Dominga Ortuzar Bullemore
Distribution: Otto Production
A production by PaulaRosolen/HapticHide in coproduction with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm as part of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, and CCN-Ballet National de Marseille as part of the accueil studio /French Ministry of Culture. Sponsored by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts. With the kind support of the Tanzbüro Munich, Tanztendenz München e.V. and schwere reiter tanz.
PaulaRosolen/Haptic Hide receives amultiyear support from the cultural office of Frankfurt am Main and is supported by DIEHL+RITTER / TANZPAKT RECONNECT, funded by the German Federal Government Comissioner for Culture and Media as part of NEUSTARTKULTUR initiative.