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Tomi Paasonen
Pas de Q
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December 03 | 20.00
December 04 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Pas de Q enters the classical ballet world to turn choreographic forms and traditions upside down and reinvent them. A queer ensemble of male and non-binary dancers
pushes movement, dance and queer aesthetics to the extreme. In a utopian science fiction world, the team fuses drag art and pointe dance into a labyrinth of imaginative perversions, beyond morality and shame. 

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Enad Marouf
In My Hand a Word
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December 09 10 | 20.00
December 10 | 17.00
December 11 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In the scenic adaptation of his own text, the Syrian-German performance and video artist Enad Marouf deals with loss from a queer perspective: the loss of family, home and relationships, but also that of meaning and language. The audience enters a place where fragments overlap. Two figures move through scenes whose internal coherence continues to unravel through memories, anecdotes, and associative references.

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Melanie Jame Wolf
The Creep
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December 17 18 | 16.00

The Creep at feldfünf is the first in a series of installations by Berlin based choreographer and visual artist, Melanie Jame Wolf, in which she will enact her ongoing creep studies. It is a choreography between two figures – a cowboy and a mountain – embodying a poetic meditation on violence and storytelling.

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Jelena Stefanoska & Saša Asentić
Жизела / Giselle
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December 17 18 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Жизела / Giselle uses dance and language to explore the similarities and differences between the artist Jelena Stefanoska and the tragic ballet character Giselle. The piece tells of the need to love and be loved – and, above all, of the desire and feeling to live a life with dignity.

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Tanztage Berlin 2023
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JANUAR 05 – 21

Hey, why do you look so tired? "Urgency culture" expects us to be connected and responsive constantly. There is little to no time left to imagine the world otherwise. Tanztage Berlin – a yearly festival highlighting the work of the city's emerging dance makers – is back to diagnose the present and predict the future. Its 32nd edition investigates our daily overstimulation and chronic fatigue by reflecting on how we move to the rhythm of today's high-speed, social media-driven reality and its challenges.

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Search + Archive
Festival Julius-Hans-Spiegel-Zentrum



Eight international artists have developed new perspectives on the multilayered roots of contemporary dance at the Julius-Hans-Spiegel-Zentrum. Their point of departure was historic material that documents a supressed aspect of European dance history: exoticism in Modern Dance. In the context of the Kasten Nr. 942n Exotischer Tanz weekend, six of these works will be presented in Sophiensæle and framed with lectures and historic films.

The Julius-Hans-Spiegel-Zentrum is a mobile research center. Named after a forgotten deaf, Jewish and gay dancer from Berlin who performed in variety shows, galleries and film theaters with exoticist fantasy dances in the 1920s, its objective is to reconsider dance from the edges of the field. In a first edition from 2014, works by Nelisiwe Xaba, Vincent Riebeek and Florentina Holzinger were presented; they will now be augmented by Berlin perspectives.

Dragana Bulut, Julian Weber, Sara Mikolai, Tümay Kılınçel and Nuray Demir focused on an archive box from the Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek’s dance photo collection. Kasten Nr. 942n Exotischer Tanz includes 26 photographs with dance motifs from the entire world. In the classification logic and history of the respective photographs in this assortment, it offers numerous indications of how supposedly naïve non-European “inspirations” for modern dance were tied into early 20th century colonialist and racist discourses. On the basis of this complex material, the artists in residency developed works that activate the excluded and make mechanism of exclusion visible – and thus transform our relationship to Modern Dance.

TICKETS The purchase of a ticket for Schönheitsabend or Fremde Tänze allows the reduced admission of 3€ to the archive works and films at the box office.


ARTISTIC DIRECTIONAnna Wagner, Eike Wittrock ARCHIVE ROOMUmschichten

A production of Julius-Hans-Spiegel-Zentrum GbR in cooperation with Internationales Forschungskolleg Verflechtungen von Theaterkulturen, Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds. With friendly support of Akt-Zent e.V.

Foto © Eike Wittrock