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Annalena Fröhlich

is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist. Fröhlich's artistic practice moves across a broad spectrum of different media, all of which are interwoven to form a gesamtkunstwerk. Live and virtually. As a solo artist as well as in numerous collaborations, Fröhlich creates a multidisciplinary universe between everyday life and desaster, and through the play of time, space, sound and the representation of bodies, she deconstructs visual habits, supposed certainties and formats. Her alter ego JAMES is resident of the collective SHAKTI STREAM founded by transmedia artist DANCE DIVINE with which they fight for the creation and preservation of spaces of existence for all non-mainstream and queer beings. JAMES mixes, composes and remixes future Bass, Future beats, experimental, deconstructed electronics, analog noise beats, rap and blurs boundaries between DJ set, concert and performance, performing and mixing in clubs and stages alike.
In her videos, fröhlich visualizes themes and statements by mixing and contrasting animation and cinematic imagery with low-fi and contemporary pop videos from social media platforms and YouTube. As a sound designer,
Annalena Fröhlich moves chameleon-like through the international theater/dance festivals and institutions as well as in the underground performance and club scene.

As a video artist and sound designer, she has a long-standing collaboration with theater director Claudia Bossard. (Volkstheater Vienna, Volkstheater Munich, Schauspielhaus Graz, Staatstheater Darmstadt kosmos theater wien).
With Fhunyue Gao she initiated ROBIN ROBIN, a virtual and analog platform on which they experiment excessively and unconventionally with sound, scenic installations, choreography, themes and forms.

Fröhlich was the cofounder and longtime co-artistic director of the dance theater collective deRothfils with whom she toured internationally and realized dance performances and films. Her film directorial debut they keep disappearing was invited to the Cinedans Dance on Screen Festival Amsterdam.
Her music clip Transatlantic Flight for Odd Beholder is nominated for the BMVMA 2022 - Bewegungsmelder Video Music Award.


Fröhlich collaborates and plays with and at a.o.

Peeping Tom, Fhunyue Gao, DANCE DIVINE; Claudia Bossard, arp: (Julia Reist), Marie Gyselbrecht, Mohamed Toukabri, Jorge Guevara, Gao/Kacirek, Nina Stadler deRothfils, Romy Springsguth, Odd Beholder, Robin Adams, Yara Bou Nassar, Paed Conca, Moritz Alfons, Giulin Stäubli, Matthias Günter, Yannick Mosimann. 

Institutions u.a.: Volkstheater Wien; Decoratelier, Cafe Centraal, Kiosk Radio bruxelles; volkstheater münchen, staatstheater darmstadt, sägazahn wien, schauspielhaus graz, Dampfzentrale, Bern; Nederlands Dance Theatre NDT; Theater Basel; Roxy Theater Basel; Ballhaus Ost, Berlin; Station, Beirut; Espace Libre, Biel, Cinedans Dance on Screen Amsterdam.



 press voices about Annalena Fröhlich  

Transatlantic flight video clip odd beholder

«In the video, which was directed by Annalena Fröhlich, who also happens to play the main character, we see a chain-smoking stewardess dancing something of a jagged, spasmodic flamenco. It’s a powerful and hypnotic performance that simultaneously evokes famed directors Almodovar and Lynch.» the big takeover©


 «In der Lücke liegt die Möglichkeit zur existenz.» 

 Preview to SONDER at der Bund 


«Alles brüllt nach Spass. Und dahinter verblöden wir.»

 Preview to PARK at der Bund 



Annalena Fröhlich first studied piano and voice at Jazz school in Lucerne. She left jazz school after just one year to pursue an autodidactic education. In the following years, she developed her multidisciplinary artistic practice and explored it further in residencies in Brussels, Beirut, New York and Buenos Aires. In 2014, she obtained a Master in Theater with a specialisation in Scenic Arts Practice at HKB, Berne. Together with dancer and choreographer Nina Stadler, she is the co-founder and artistic director of the ensemble deRothfils, with whom she has been celebrating national and international success since 2010. Since the last production «PARK» Annalena Fröhlich took over the sole direction of deRothfils.


Annalena Fröhlich received a scholarship for composition by the Société Suisse des Auteurs SSA 2013 and an atelier scholarship in New York by the canton of Berne 2013.
Residencies and collaborations in Brussel BE, Beirut LE, Moscow RU, New York USA, Germany and Buenos Aires AR. 2013-2015 Annalena Fröhlich was Associated Artist of Dampfzentrale Bern with deRothfils.






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