Vanessa Stern
Gebeine. Die Frieda, die ich meine
Ursula Maria_HP
September 16-30
October 01-31
November 01-07
Eintritt frei

Eleven old women remember Frieda in eleven short films. They all tell the truth, but each one knows something different. >> Watch online here.

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Ahh (Golschan Ahmad Haschemi/ Banafshe Hourmazdi)
Ok boomer
Ok boomer_c_Caroline Foelich_HP
September 18 19 20 | 19.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

OK boomer is a queered gala of superlatives, a musical revue and intergenerational chart show that rubs up against feminist discourses. AHH take us on a time travel que(e)r through the decades of pop discourse!

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Ursula Martinez
A Family Outing - 20 Years On
Family-Outing_zensiert_c_Hugo Glendinning_HP
September 24 25 | 19.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In this touchingly funny restaging of the show A Family Outing, performer and stand-up icon Ursula Martinez confronts the question of what happens to us as time moves forward in a frank conversation with her mother.

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Jaha Koo / Campo
The History of Korean Western Theatre
September 24 25 | 21.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Jaha Koo takes on the question of how lost theater traditions can find new meaning in a humorous social analysis. Between documentary theater and performance, he exchanges ideas for this with his grandmother, his newborn son and a rice stove. 

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Sheena McGrandles
Dawn: A musical on reproduction
DAWN_Michiel Keuper HP
September 25 26 | 14.00
September 25 26 | 19.30
15/10 €

In an experimental musical, Sheena McGrandles and a collective of Berlin artists explore different perspectives on parenthood and the symbolic power of the child. Concert, spoken word and performance combine to create a multi-layered and humorous artistic work. 

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
Like Daughter, Like Mother
IMG_4823RPSE_c_Moo Sang Kim (2)_HP
October 02 03 04 | 19.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

The path to reconciling family and career is still a long one - Olivia Hyunsin Kim has nevertheless chosen motherhood. Through her relationship with her mother and her newly born daughter, she takes a close look at societal expectations and, at the same time, humorously takes aim at them. 

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Marjani Forté-Saunders/ 7NMS
Memoirs of a...Unicorn
Marjani_Forte_Unicorn_c_Baranova_HP 1
October 07 08 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In her triple Bessie award-winning solo Memoirs of a... Unicorn, Marjani Forté-Saunders pays tribute to the "unicorns" of her life and community. A performance about Black masculinities, magic, resilience and political resistance.

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Deep Godot
October 09 10 13-17
October 09 10 | 16.00
October 09 10 | 17.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 18.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 19.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 20.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 21.00
15/10 €

Interrobang makes the ambivalences of artificial intelligence tangible for the audience! Through microphone and headphones, each audience member communicates with the AI DEEP GODOT in an one-on-one booth and negotiates personal, medical and philosophical issues. 

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Samara Hersch and Company
Body of Knowledge
October 14 15 16 17 | 11.30
October 15 16 | 22.00
Festsaal | 15/10€

In an intergenerational phone conversation with eight Australian teenagers, audience members engage in a moving dialogue about physicality, sexuality, desire, shame, and fears for the future.

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Siegmar Zacharias & Steve Heather
October 18 | 20.00

How can we be different together? Re-Generation invites you to a listening session with your whole body. Together, listeners connect through sound mediations to create shared resonant spaces.

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Doris Uhlich
Doris Uhlich_TANK_c Katja Illner 20190312-164551_HP
October 20 21 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10€

Trapped in a glass TANK, Doris Uhlich evokes cinematic, robotic and medical associations and enters into a captivating, almost cinematic exploration of the body as a field of experimentation. 

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Cora Rudy van Dongen Frost/ Franz Reimer
Sogar dein Tod war ein Geschenk
Walter Pressefoto 2_HP
October 21 22 23 | 21.00
October 22 23 24 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

This evening tells the story of the friendship between Cora Frost and Walter Ladengast, the actor, lyricist, painter, photographic artist and neighbor from Cora's childhood days. We listen to his voice and watch as his paintings and photographs form a slow film of his life. 

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Stages of Ageing
October 25 26 | 19.00
October 27 | 10.00 - 15.00
Eintritt frei

Stages of Ageing - the discourse programme of the Coming of Age festival takes a look at those needs in old age(s), that have so far been neglected in our society and in the structures of the independent theatre scene.

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Saelebrations_c_Jan Grygoriew_HP
October 29 | 18.00
Various Locations |

The Sophiensæle theater is turning 25 and our festival Tanztage Berlin can also look back on its 25th anniversary and its 30th edition. That's why we are celebrating everything together on October 29: The Sophiensæle, the Tanztage Berlin and the book launch of our anniversary publication OPENINGS.

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Corinne Maier
Die Zufügung
CMAIER-03_Guillaume Musset_HP Test
October 30 31 | 19.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

Corinne Maier presents a gripping lecture performance on the subject of age and aging with text fragments by the exceptional author Gerlind Reinshagen, improvisations by the performer and the music of Elvis Presley.

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Lajos Talamonti
Alter Hase
Alter Hase_c_HP
November 04 05 06 07 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10€

Five former dancers look back on the time of their common classical artistic imprint. In a last joint dance they make the rigid structures of classical dance pliable and tell of life as an often surprising school, the method of which everyone has to invent anew for themselves every day.

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Coming of Age
Coming of Age_Grafik HP
© Jan Grygoriew

Age is just a number – yet there is no getting around aging. In the midst of debates about the climate movement, identity politics, and body image, it is time to renegotiate long-established generational contracts. Not only has the recent pandemic history shown that questions of responsibility and solidarity need to be revisited. 
The performance festival COMING OF AGE, which will take place from September 15 to November 7 at Sophiensæle, is dedicated to various facets of aging in society - and looks at the different challenges of a phenomenon that affects us all.

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Festival Tanz im August 2021

From August 6-22, the international festival Tanz im August, presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, will once again show numerous artistic productions by choreographers of different generations. At HAU Hebbel am Ufer and at 10 other venues throughout Berlin, including the Sophiensæle, a total of 6 world premieres and 7 German premieres will be shown. Four outdoor venues ensure larger audience events despite possible restrictions by Corona and the imposing MaHalla, historic industrial architecture in Berlin-Oberschöneweide, is a new venue of Tanz im August.

Curated by Finn Virve Sutinen since 2014, this year's festival focuses on new works by international choreographers living and working in Berlin, including Constanza Macras | DorkyPark, Choy Ka Fai, Milla Koistinen, Lea Moro, Thiago Granato and James Batchelor. The Sophiensæle will feature two world premieres by Australian choreographer JAMES BATCHELOR and Brazilian choreographer THIAGO GRANATO. James Batchelor reimagines the Sophiensæle Festsaal as a place of queer expression and encounter with An Evening-length Performance. Thiago Granato explores the act of listening in times of ecological, political, and personal crises with The Sound They Make When No One Listens. In the world premiere of the immersive solo performance installation ARK 1 at St. Elizabeth Church, choreographer COLETTE SADLER and visual artist MIKKO GAESTEL interrogate the future of humans in relation to technology within a virtual environment. Until August 22, a total of 14 productions and other artistic formats will be presented in around 70 performances with more than 100 artists from 20 countries.

In the 2020 online festival, the conversation format HAPPY TO LISTEN has proven to be a suitable format to enable a global audience to participate online. In 2021, the conversations will be initiated by Amanda Piña as well as Livia Patrizi with Grichka Caruge. Furthermore, the well-known MEET THE ARTIST events will take place after many performances, where the audience can get into direct conversation with the artists of Tanz im August. Upcoming dates for both series of events can be found from August onwards at and on the festival's social media channels. The MAGAZIN IM AUGUST will again contribute to the festival in printed form with interviews, background reports and artistic texts. Here you will also find program texts for all productions and a calendar for the festival. In 2021, the BIBLIOTHEK IM AUGUST will move exclusively to the Internet for the first time, where the interested public will again receive book tips from the participating artists. In 2022 the library is planned to be physically present again.

THE COMPLETE PROGRAM OF TANZ IM AUGUST 2021 CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT WWW.TANZIMAUGUST.DE. Information on the applicable HYGIENE REGULATIONS is also available to visitors of Tanz im August on a daily basis on the website.

ARTISTIC DIRECTION Virve Sutinen PRODUCTION DIRECTION FESTIVAL Stefan Nagel CURATOR & PROJECT DIRECTION Andrea Niederbuchner PRODUCTION DIRECTION & ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTION Alina Scheyrer- Lauer PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT René Dombrowski PRODUCTION Johanna Herrschmann TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT Ingo Ruggenthaler PRESS & MARKETING Hendrik von Boxberg / Lilly Schofield (Büro von Boxberg) ONLINE COMMUNICATION & WEBREDAKTION Lilly Schofield (Büro von Boxberg) TEXTS Beatrix Joyce PROJECT AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT Natalia Polyzou, Bernardo Sousa de Macedo TICKETING & SERVICE Christian Haase GRAPHICS Gea Gosse, Jürgen Fehrmann, Sonja Deffner (on parental leave) AND THE WHOLE TEAM OF HAU HEBBEL AM UFER