KVFM - Kunstverein Familie Montez / Honsellbrücke
21 June 2022, Frankfurt DE
MOMEM (Museum of Modern Electronic Music) / Hauptwache
14 May 2022, Frankfurt DE
15 May 2022, Frankfurt DE
17 May 2022, München DE
18 May 2022, Munich DE
16BIT is a new contemporary dance production exploring the unique circumstances that allowed techno to become an artform and social phenomenon.
Emerging from a decades-deep transatlantic cultural exchange, techno has given voice and purpose to marginalised communities, incubated scientific experimentation and courted the avant-garde through technological and cultural revolutions. It’s an Afrofuturist expression for the Black community in Detroit, and it embodied liberation and reunification as the Berlin wall fell.
16 BIT absorbs these ideas and examines the evolution of techno from the ill-defined, DIY landscape of 1980s electronic music through to the globally recognised genre that heralded the early 90s. As a performance, 16 BIT expresses the inherent energy of techno’s progressive arc in movement, embodying the music’s physicality and depicting the perseverance and exhaustion of the collective body as their symbolic, socially-charged dancefloor virtuosity takes on a hypnotic dimension.
“A piece that is able to put you in a hypnotic trance completely without chemical tutelage, as the techno public historically liked.”
A production by Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide in co-production with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm as part of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, and CCN-Ballet National de Marseille as part of the accueil studio/French Ministry of Culture. Sponsored by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts. With the kind support of the Tanzbüro Munich, Tanztendenz München e.V. and schwere reiter tanz.
Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide receives a multi-year support from the cultural office of Frankfurt am Main and is supported by DIEHL+RITTER / TANZPAKT RECONNECT, funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative.
Idea, Choreography, Direction: Paula Rosolen
Concept: Paula Rosolen, J.M. Fiebelkorn
Created with and danced by: Capucine Schattleitner, Daniel Conant, Felipe Faria, Kyle Patrick, Steph Quinci, Steven Fast.
Music: Nicolas Fehr, mit Ausschnitten aus dem Song "Where Are You?" von 16 BIT
Lighting design: Tanja Rühl
Costumes: Anika Alischewski, J.M. Fiebelkorn
Production Management: Dominga Ortuzar Bullemore
Choreographic Assistant: Christopher Matthews
Research: Oli Warwick
Sound Engineer: Mauro Zannoli
Graphic Design & Visuals: Yuka Sano, J.M. Fiebelkorn
Company Manager & Fundraising: Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide
Special Thanks to:
Luca Anzilotti, Michael Münzig and Sven Väth for the permission to use and remix “Where Are you?”
The following artists, DJs, writers and dancers for their invaluable insight into the emergence of global techno culture.
Alex Azary + MOMEM (Museum of Modern Electronic Music) – Frankfurt, DE
Beatrice Neumann - Frankfurt, DE
Buzz Goree - Detroit, USA
Christian Arndt - Frankfurt, DE
Dr. Motte - Berlin, DE
Electric Indigo - Berlin, DE / Wien, AT
Jack De Marseille - Marseille, FR