OPENING of the FESTIVAL. Open Air „Homage to Merce Cunningham“ / Paula Rosolen / Haptic Hide (Germany) and invited Lithuanian dancers
Idea and score: Paula Rosolen (Germany)
Choreography and performance: Paula Rosolen and the local dancers
Assistant choreographer: Patcharaporn Distakul
Music and live performance: Emilian Gatsov-Elbi (Bulgaria)
Sound-engineer: Filip Turnovski
Dramaturgy: Ingrida Gerbutaviciute
Production of International Arts Festival “Plartforma” (creative association “Fish Eye”), in cooperation with
Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide
Supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture, Klaipeda city Municipality and Goethe Institute in Lithuania (in
partnership with Thomas Mann Culture Center)
Location: Klaipeda Castle Area (Pilies str. 4)
Duration: 45 min.
In 2019 world has celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the most influential choreographers, who revolutionized the understanding of dance and movement: Merce Cunningham. On that occasion, two leading German dance institutions – Tanzplattform Rhein-Main and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm – The Museum Angewandte Kunst and the choreographer Paula Rosolen joined forces to create a piece honouring the dance legend. She opted to work with up to 100 professional dancers and choreographers and amateurs from different generations from the Rhine-Main region, each of whom would develop 2-minute solos and movement sequences inspired by Cunningham’s principles of movement, and who wish to pay tribute to the great avant-garde choreographer. Then, Rosolen assembled these sequences into a large group score, which was performed open-air with live music.
For the opening of the 15th edition of the International Arts Festival "Plartforma", Paula Rosolen is recreating "Homage to Merce Cunningham" with 20 Lithuanian dancers and choreographers. The creation process begins with a creative workshop, in which the individual sequences will consolidate into a large-group choreography with music composition and a live performance by musician Emilian Gatsov -Elbi.
Paula 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. In her choreographic pieces, she works along the boundaries between dance, performance, music, and theater. She aims to make visible the dance that is inherent to popular culture and mundane activities. These subjects are always studied from a distinct point of view and are usually set in a foreign context. In “Aerobics! – A Ballet in 3 Acts” (2015), for example, she dealt with a form of fitness training developed originally for the U. S. Air Force. She was invited to show this piece at the 2016 German Dance Platform and was awarded 1st prize at the international competition “Danse Élargie”, organized by the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and the Musée de la danse in Rennes. In “Puppets” (2016) and “PUNK‽” (2018) she continues to set her focus on peripheral topics in dance – researching movements of puppeteers or setting out in search of traces of Punk Rock. Her last production is “FLAGS” in co-production with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and was presented during the 14th edition of “Plartforma” Festival in 2020.
Her work has been shown at deSingel Arts Campus in Antwerp, Theaterfestival Basel, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Musée de la danse in Rennes, European Festival for Contemporary Dance in Poland, Centro Cultural de la Cooperación in Buenos Aires, Theaterdiscounter Berlin, Sophiensæle in Berlin, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, Museum Wiesbaden, Kampnagel in Hamburg, BE Festival in Birmingham, DPAC Kuala Lumpur, and Dance New Air Festival in Tokyo. Paula Rosolen yra rezidavusi Goethe instituto „Villa Kamogava“ Kiote, K3 choreografijos centre Hamburge, „Workspace Brussels“, Heseno valstybiniame balete ir „Saison“ fonde Tokijuje.
Paula Rosolen has had residencies at the K3 – Center for Choreography in Hamburg, Workspace Brussels, the Hessian State Ballet, the Goethe-Institute’s Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, and was a visiting fellow at the Saison Foundation in Tokyo.
Photo: Jörg Baumann