Flags and banners are an indispensable part of our lives. They mark the affiliation to a football club in the stadium or represent a nation at a state reception. They are artistically hurled through the air during twirling and communicate signals and messages in shipping and the military. Even if people can communicate over long distances almost in real time thanks to satellites and broadband networks, flags remain important for the transmission of messages. The Frankfurt choreographer Paula Rosolen therefore makes these ignored means of communication the focus of her new work. She superimposes different use and sign systems of flags and creates her own sign language. The theatre becomes a field of experimentation in which – including misunderstandings and misdirection – basic principles of communication can be experienced in a playful way, valid even in times of binary codes.
Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide (Frankfurt)
Paula Rosolen studied dance at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main and received her master’s degree in choreography at the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen. In her choreographies she works at the borderline between dance, performance, music and theatre. Rosolen pursues the goal of making visible the dance inherent in popular culture and secular activities by looking at these subjects from a certain point of view and then putting them into a foreign one. She won first prize in the Danse Élargie competition organised by the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and the Musée de la Danse. Rosolen’s work has been shown at the Deutsche Tanzplattform, the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, the Frankfurt LAB, the deSingel Arts Campus in Antwerp, the Theaterfestival Basel, the Théâtre de la Ville Paris, the Centro Cultural de la Cooperación in Buenos Aires, the Sophiensælen in Berlin ZKM Karlsruhe, the Museum Wiesbaden, the Kampnagel in Hamburg, the DPAC in Kuala Lumpur and the Dance New Air Festival in Tokyo. Rosolen has had residencies at institutions such as the K3 Zentrum für Choreographie in Hamburg, Workspace Brussels, the Hessisches Staatsballett, as well as at the Villa Kamogawa of the Goethe-Institut in Kyoto and the Saison Foundation in Tokyo.
Duration: approx. 1 hour 15 min
choreography, director: Paula Rosolen
Concept: Paula Rosolen, J.M. Fiebelkorn
lighting design: Tanja Rühl
Developed with and danced by: Douglas Bateman, Léonard Engel, Cindy Hammer, Maria Kobzeva, Stephan Quinci
Music by Nicolas Fehr
Costumes and equipment: Michaela Kraft
Production dramaturgy: Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė
A production by Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide in co-production with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm as part of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main and HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts. The Dance Platform Rhine-Main, a project of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and the Hessian State Ballet, is made possible by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and supported by the Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and the Foundation Alliance [Aventis Foundation, BHF BANK Foundation, Crespo Foundation, Dr. Marschner Foundation, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main]. Supported by the Freunde und Förderer des Mousonturm e.V. and the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK Co-Production Promotion Dance, sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. With the kind support of Quartier am Hafen, Morishita Studio/The Saison Foundation Tokyo and the Consulate General of the Argentine Republic Frankfurt am Main. Paula Rosolen/ Haptic Hide is supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main as part of the multi-year funding programme.
The Frankfurt performances of “Flags” by Paula Rosolen are supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the alliance of international production companies.