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Paula Rosolen / Haptic Hide

  • Dance

As a choreography for six dancers, 16 BIT sheds light on techno both as an art form and a social phenomenon. During a decades-long cultural exchange across the Atlantic, techno provided marginalised communities with a voice, paving the way for scientific experimentation, making the avantgardes soar. Techno stood as an Afrofuturistic expression for the Black Detroit community as well as for liberation and unification at the point in time the Berlin wall fell.

16 BIT picks up on these ideas and examines techno development from the undefined DIY landscape of electronic music during the 1980s to a genre of worldwide renown ushering in the early 90s. 16 BIT lends expression to the energy inherent in techno, making us feel the ecstasy, stamina, and exhaustion of a collective body on stage.

Paula Rosolen studied dance at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and graduated with a master’s degree in choreography from the Justus Liebig University Giessen. She created her own works at different theatre houses and at festivals as an author, choreographer, and director. In her choreographic pieces, she explores the overlap between dance, performance, music, and theatre.

Duration: 60 min.

Idea, Choreography, Direction: Paula Rosolen; Concept: Paula Rosolen, J.M. Fiebelkorn; Music: Nicolas Fehr, with excerpts from the track „Where Are You?“ by 16 BIT; Creation and Performance by: Daniel Conant, Felipe Faria, Steven Fast, Kyle Patrick, Steph Quinci, Capucine Schattleitner; Lighting Design, Technical Direction: Tanja Rühl; Costumes: Anika Alischewski, J.M. Fiebelkorn; Choreographic Assistance: Christopher Matthews; Research: Oli Warwick; Sound Engineer: Mauro Zannoli; Graphic Design and Visuals: Yukako Sano, J.M. Fiebelkorn; Production Management: Dominga Ortuzar Bullemore; Distribution: Otto Productions.

With thanks to Luca Anzilotti, Michael Münzig and Sven Väth for permission to use and process “Where Are You?” and to the following artists, DJs, writers and ravers for their invaluable insights into the making of global techno culture: Alex Azary and MOMEM (Museum of Modern Electronic Music), Beatrice Neumann, Buzz Goree, Christian Arndt, Dr. Motte, Electric Indigo, Jack De Marseille.

A production of Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide in coprodutkion with Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm in the frame of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main and CCN-Ballet National de Marseille as part of accueil studio and the French Ministry of Culture. Supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Munich and the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art.

Haptic Hide receives multi-year support from the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main and is supported by Bureau Ritter / Tanzpakt Reconnect, founded by the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR. With the kind support of Tanzbüro München.

Sponsored by Bündnis internationale Produktionshäuser, funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.