Paula Rosolen

'Aerobics! – Ein Ballett in 3 Akten', © Laurent Philippe
'Aerobics! – Ein Ballett in 3 Akten', © Laurent Philippe
'Aerobics! – Ein Ballett in 3 Akten', © Laurent Philippe


Paula Rosolen graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt on the Main. She holds a M.A. in Choreography and Performance from the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. In her works Die Farce der Suche (2010), Libretto (2012) and Piano Men (a TANZFONDS ERBE project, 2013), she often examines the relationship between documentary theatre, oral history and dance.
Rosolen works with the goal of making visible the inherent dance present in popular culture and mundane activities. It is through this work method that Aerobics! – A ballet in 3 Acts (2015) was born. It is a French-German coproduction by Théâtre de la Ville, Mousonturm, Sophiensæle and Musée de la Danse. She founded her company Haptic Hide to develop different kinds of artistic projects. She is currently working on a new piece as artist in residence at Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto.

Invited to the German Dance Platform 2016 with Aerobics! – A Ballet in 3 Acts (2015)

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'Aerobics! – Ein Ballett in 3 Akten', © Laurent PhilippePaula Rosolen stands for changing perspectives. In her pieces, Frankfurt's choreographer with Argentinian roots looks at dance from behind the scenes. Following her studies in Buenos Aires, which were focused more on classical way, once in Germany she shifted her perspective during the course of her studies in Giessen. Using field research and a documentary approach, she began to look for moments of surprise in the dance landscape. Her duo Piano Men (2013) illuminated the art of dance from the point of view of the pianists who accompany ballet lessons. The dancefloor at the centre remains empty. Rosolen directs the audience's eye to areas that usually remain hidden.

As in Die Farce der Suche (2010) about the dance pioneer Renate Schottelius. Rosolen's very analytical pieces reflect on people in the world of dance and, precisely because of this distance, are full of irony and humour. As in Libretto (2011), for which she examined the production methods of the musical business and then staged them. Again and again Rosolen extended the concept of choreography to include adjacent fields. No wonder then that her latest production Aerobics! won the danse élargie (extended dance) competition at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in 2014. Taking Jane Fonda's fitness exercises from the 1980s, she creates a collective adventure that forms a corps de ballet out of individual physical training. Aerobics! not only questions the movement vocabulary, but also the spirit of pop's newly revived cult of the body. Here, too, is room for laughter.
Thomas Hahn

Productions since 2014

'Aerobics! – Ein Ballett in 3 Akten', © Laurent PhilippeAerobics! (Danse élargie version) (2014)

Aerobics! – A Ballet in 3 Acts (2015)

Puppets (working title) (2016)