Staatstheater Darmstadt – Kammerspiele

Sun. Nov. 6  | 7 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 7 | 7 p.m.

No language skills required

Sun. Nov. 6 Small Talk after the performance
Mon. Nov. 7 | 6.30 p.m. Audience Warm-up

Duration: 55 min.
Tickets: €9–€24

Aerobics is seen as the mother of all workouts. Less well known are the origins of the disco drill, which goes back to training methods used by the US Air Force. As a choreographer with love of dance-historical hardship cases, Paula Rosolen staged the fitness movement as an epic dance piece in the context of growing efficiency and productivity in 2014. The piece has lost none of its analytical sharpness today. In this restaging of her “classic,” Rosolen and her six dancers seek parallels between the fitness cult of the 1980s and the dramaturgical turns of romantic narrative ballet, between Jane Fonda’s formations and the choreographic approaches of icons such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker or Lucinda Childs. Frankfurt-based Rosolen masterfully dovetails synchronized formations and exuberant solos and duos, and she draws particular attention to the alternating rhythms with which disco-drill aerobics hits the floor.

Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide

Concept, choreography: Paula Rosolen
Dancers: Katrina Bastian, Gaetano Montecasino, Kyoko Oku, Kyle Patrick, Steph Quinci,  Paula Rosolen, Shay Saver
Lighting design, technical direction: Tanja Rühl
Costumes: Juan M. Fiebelkorn, Anika Alischewski 
Artistic adivisor: Juan M. Morales
Dramaturgical advisor:  Anna Wagner, Marcus Droß
Choreographic assistance: Christopher Matthews
Research assistance: David Morrow
Production: Dominga Ortúzar Bullemore

A production by Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide and M.i.C.A. in co-production with Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, the Musée de la danse/Centre chorégraphique national for Rennes and Bretagne, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Sophiensæle Berlin. With funding from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Fonds Transfabrik – Deutsch-französischer Fonds für darstellende Künste, Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main and the Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts.

For Aerobics! Paula Rosolen was awarded the first prize at the international competition "Danse Élargie", organized by the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, and the Musée de la danse in Rennes.

The restaging of the work is made possible by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.
Neustart Kultur Wiederaufnahme-Förderung

Neustart Kultur Wiederaufnahme-Förderung