Skip to content

External media
Our website uses plugins of the video portal Vimeo. When you click to play a video, you agree to the collection and sharing of your data with Vimeo and the connection to a Vimeo server is established. The external Vimeo player is loaded with Do-Not-Track parameter.

Analysis tools
In order to analyze access to our video content anonymously, we use the open source web analysis service Matomo.

For further information, please see our privacy policy.

Recording: 2020-05-20 , DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Tomi Paasonen

Retrospectrum – 5 solos for 5 decades


Production Details / Press Releases

In “Retrospectrum 1 – 5 solos for 5 decades”, the 50-year-old choreographer and dancer Tomi Paasonen lets the kinetic and aesthetic archives of his own works flow through his own body. Never has he danced in one of his own pieces before. In 1997 an accident ended his dancing career abruptly. With this solo, he realizes something he has been avoiding for decades. Now it is time for his first solo piece.

For 9 moths he has been undergoing a deep period of archiving. Now he will continue by incorporating elements of it back onto his own body, to see where it takes him. Retrospectrum is both a retrospective and an independent piece that refocuses a life’s work into a new form. -A look back that moves forward. A queer autobiography, that opens worlds resulting from a process of archiving, consolidation, distillation and self-embodiment of his previous works.

Choreographer and director Tomi Paasonen has choreographed almost 70 pieces over the past 3 decades. His work is characterized by always doing things that he has never done before. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts and has realized projects with dancers and artists from different disciplines as well as laymen, differently abled dancers and different kinds of minorities. Over the years, he has developed a diverse archive of choreographic and aesthetic working methods and approaches. After 5 years as artistic director of a dance center, where he concentrated less on his own work, he now creates his first solo piece for himself.


TFB Nr. 1439

Cast & Credits

Concept / choreography / costumes / dance: Tomi Paasonen
Costumes: Anne Fidler / Tomi Paasonen u. a.
Lighting design: Asier Solana
Projectionist: Gabriel Walsh
Assistant: Yuko Matsuyama
Music: Mike Koloska, Bronski Beat, Dr. Aaron Wolf Baum, The Space Lady, Kate Bush, Snorri Halgrimsson, Nils Frahm

A production by Tomi Paasonen in co-production with DOCK ART.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Tomi Paasonen / Trailers and Video Documentations

To top