Programme
Today | 19:00
Caroline Creutzburg + René Alejandro Huari Mateus
Die Vielhundertjährigen
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November 29 30 | 19.00
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Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Back to the future: In Die Vielhundertjährigen, the audience is contacted by the only contemporary witnesses of a long-gone division between the biological and the digital. These people, several hundred years old, are now inhabitants of a post-digital world. Based on fantasies and wishes for the world, the ensemble, ranging in age from 65 to 87, create their own science fiction narrative.

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Tomi Paasonen
Pas de Q
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December 01 02 03 | 20.00
December 04 | 18.00
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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
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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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Jelena Stefanoska & Saša Asentić
Жизела / Giselle
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December 17 18 | 18.00
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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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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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Tanz im August 2022 Sebastian Matthias Urban Creatures

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Dance
2022 August 10 11 12 | 18.00
Festsaal

August 10 | Meet the Artist

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes before the start of the performance and to bring a fully charged, Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. On site, the festival team will be happy to help you install the free “Urban Creatures” app, which plays the sound of the piece on your smartphone and is therefore necessary for participation.

Note: Unfortunately, the elevator of the Sophiensæle is currently out of order, so that the Festsaal (1st floor) is only accessible via stairs. For inquiries, please contact us at barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com or by phone at 030 27 89 00 35.

When does digital content become a threat? How do new, virtual worlds incite fear, the oldest emotion of mankind, in our bodies? In the music-theatre and dance performance Urban Creatures, by German choreographer Sebastian Matthias, visitors encounter odd and unruly creatures driven by fear in a living soundscape. Via the loudspeakers of their mobile phones, they listen to electronic sounds that react to physical proximity and together merge into a collective body of sound.

Concept, choreography Sebastian Matthias With Aaron Burrows, Emiko Tamura, Gerson Sanca, Joana Hermes, Kacper Szklarski, Linn Lindström, Momo Tanner Composition Ida Lundén Costume design Students of the Fashion Design Institute of the HGK (Anna Lena Eggli, Damara Dimcic, Dano Huwyler, Franca Apothéloz, Emanuel Marra, Fabian Oderbolz, Gilles- Anthony Treskatsch, Parvin Ajschat Asghari, Sarah Lüthi) Texts, dramaturgy Mila Pavićević Dramaturgy Meret Kündig Lighting design Sebastian Matthias mit Sanja Gregorić & Sebastian Mörder App development Stefan Meyer Technical direction & sound Sesign Calvin Lanz Choreographic assistance Stefanie Alf Costume assistance Anna Lena Eggli, Sarah Lüthi Production assistance, administration Lino Eden

A production by Sebastian Matthias in cooperation with SOPHIENSÆLE, ZeitRäume Basel – Biennale for new music and architecture, course of studies fashion design and the University of Art and Design – FHNW Basel. Funded by Fonds Double pass of the Federal Cultural Foundation. In collaboration with Staatsschauspiel Dresden and SM Collaborations. Thanks to the College of Art and Design FHNW in Basel, especially Olivia Bertschinger (design assistance), Priska Morger (artistic direction), Eva Ott (Sewing studio), Evelyne Roth (lecturer design and head of workshop Urban Creatures), Kathrin Troxler (guest lecturer and project management), Kurt Zihlmann (institute management).