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. Paula Rosolen 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 this form of fitness training, which was developed 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 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.
Her work has been shown at deSingel Arts Campus in Antwerp, Theaterfestival Basel, the Théâtre de la Ville Paris, the Musée de la danse in Rennes, the European Festival for Contemporary Dance in Poland, the Centro Cultural de la Cooperación in Buenos Aires, Theaterdiscounter Berlin, the Sophiensæle in Berlin, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, the Museum Wiesbaden, Kampnagel in Hamburg, BE Festival in Birmingham, DPAC Kuala Lumpur and Dance New Air Festival in Tokyo.
Paula Rosolen has had residencies at K3 Center for Choreography in Hamburg, Workspace Brussels, Hessian State Ballet, Goethe-Institute’s Villa Kamogava in Kyoto and at Saison Foundation in Tokyo.
She regularly teaches composition and dance technique at institutions such as Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, Bilgi University in Istanbul, the Boston Conservatory, the Shikoku Gakuin University, the Monochrome Dance Company in Kyoto (JP), Owl Spot Theatre Tokyo, Kyoto International Dance Workshop Festival and many more.
“In her work, Rosolen is primarily concerned with the physicality associated with the respective phenomena, and she always succeeds in precisely elaborating the physical qualities and converting them into a formal, contemporary language of movement Paula Rosolen’s work follow” David Ritterhaus FAZ, 3.2.2020