Paula Rosolen



Staatstheater Darmstadt, Kammerspiele


Paula Rosolen is a specialist for unusual subjects in dance. In her current piece Puppets, she once again leads us into the peripheral regions of choreography to reinterpret a key image of dance:
in many epochs and cultures, e.g. in Romantic ballet or in classical Javanese dance, the movements of puppets were regarded as a dance ideal. Now, Rosolen lends an astonishing twist to this relationship between puppets and dancers. Instead of focusing on the movements of the puppets, she concentrates on those of the puppeteers. What dances normally escape our attention? What kinds of choreographic patterns emerge from the shared handling of a puppet? Via an art form foreign to dance, i.e. puppet theater, Rosolen develops a new perspective on dance and the perception thereof.

No language skills required.

Mousonturm-Coproduction * Concept and Choreography: Paula Rosolen * Artitstic advice: Juan M. Morales * With: Jungyun Bae, Alina Bilokon, Émilia Giudicelli, Atsushi Heki, Marko Milic * Music and Composition: David Morrow * Hurdy-gurdy: Knud Seckel * Light design and technical direction: Lea Schneidermann  * Costumes: Takako Senda und Anika Alischewski Juan M. Morales * Dramaturgical advice: Jeff Friedman * Choreographical assistance: Christopher Matthews * Management Haptic Hide: Karin Berrío * Production assistant: Takako Senda * Press and public relations: Kathrin Schäfer KulturPR * A production of Paula Rosolen / Haptic Hide and Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, a project of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and the Hessisches Staatsballett (Staatstheater Darmstadt and Staatstheater Wiesbaden), in coproduction with the Théâtre de la Ville Paris and the Damansara Performing Arts Centre in Malaysia * Supported by NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of adecision by the German Bundestag, the City of Frankfurt am Main, the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art * Supported by The Saison Foundation Japan, Goethe-Institut Malasyia and FAZIT-STIFTUNG * The Research was supported by a residency at the Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa Kyoto * All pieces of the Rhein-Main dance festival are taking place within the frame of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. The Tanzplattform Rhein-Main is a project of Hessian Staatsballett and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, made possible by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and is sponsored by the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main, the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and the Foundation Alliance [Aventis Foundation, BHF-BANK Foundation, Crespo Foundation, Dr. Marschner Foundation, Polytechnic Society Foundation].

Special thanks to:
Grupo de Titiriteros del Teatro San Martín – Adelaida Mangani
National Bunraku Theater
Yoshida Minojiro
Awaji Ningyo-za Theater
Kyo Shishimai Project
Katsuren-haebaru-kōminkan in Uruma City, Okinawa
Marotte Figurentheater Karlsruhe
Yoko Fukatsu
Prof. Tan Sooi Beng, School of Arts, University Science Malaysia, Penang
Master Siow Ho Phiew, Wan Seng Hang Dragon & Lion Arts, Kuala Lumpur
Joie Koo, Allspire Photography, Penang