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Kareth Schaffer
Question of Belief
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May 27 28 29 | 20.00
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Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Question of Belief, choreographer Kareth Schaffer addresses the demons of today’s world: Between actionism and laziness, distraction and apathy, the performers Mădălina Dan and Manon Parent fight their way through stage designer Dan Lancea's inflating stage landscape.

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Lea Sherin Kübler + Soraya Reichl & Ensemble
Remember Now!
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June 03 04 05 | 14.00
June 03 04 05 | 17.00
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5€

Based on debates about the toppling of statues as well as the renaming of street names and an accompanying new examination of memory culture, the youth projekt invite you to a performative and interactive audio walk. 

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Cranky Bodies a/company
Terrestrial transit - kick off
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June 03 04 | 19.00
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Festsaal | 15/10 €

The interdisciplinary project Terrestrial Transit deals with the activist practice of artistic intervention, which is gaining importance again in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe, in view of the strengthening of right-wing authoritarian regimes. The work of the dance company Cranky Bodies a/company, founded in August 2020 by Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper, refers in particular to political forms of protest in the tradition of Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art before the fall of the Wall.

 

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
History has failed us, but…
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June 09 10 | 20.00
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Festsaal | 15/10 €

History has failed us, but... deals with physical forms of protest and searches for a solidary togetherness while taking into account different bodies. Which narratives and images of resistance are remembered - and how are they told?

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Kiana Rezvani
Cyber Ghosts
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June 11 | 20.00
June 12 | 18.00
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Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

The Sophiensæle are happy to be able to catch up this summer with the work of Kiana Rezvani from the Tanztage Berlin 2022 programme, which could not be presented during the festival in January due to the pandemic.

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Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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June 17 20-24 27 28 29 30 | 20.45 - 21.45
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Performance
17,17 €

A dreamlike journey on a rowing boat: time to slow down and question the concept of a productive life.

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Vanessa Stern
Die Rache der Panda-Pussies
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June 21 23 24 25 | 20.00
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Festsaal | 15/10 €

The Panda Pussies bring an inclusive, cross-generational gender theater to the stage – in the best anarchic Schlingensief tradition, with music and intelligent racket.

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Sommerfest
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June 22 | 18.00
Feast

This year we want to continue our old tradition: we celebrate the Sophiensæle summer festival - without any drama! 

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TANZTAGE BERLIN 2023 | OPEN CALL
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TO ALL emerging DANCE ARTISTS BASED IN BERLIN

Every new year, the Tanztage Berlin is not only the city's very first festival, it has also established itself nationally and internationally as an important platform for emerging dance artists since its founding in 1996. The next edition of Tanztage Berlin will once again take place under the artistic direction of Mateusz Szymanówka. The festival is currently planned for 5-21 January 2023 - however, the form as well as the exact date will depend on the constant reassessment of the pandemic. The festival offers emerging dance artists based in Berlin a framework for their new productions and revivals. The programme of the last two editions can be found at: https://tanztage-berlin.sophiensaele.com.

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Ania Nowak Golden Gate

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Performance/Dance
2022 February 24 25 26 | 20.00
2022 February 27 | 16.00
Festsaal

Premiere

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FEBRUARY 27 | AUDIO DESCRIPTION and preceding stage tour in spoken German for blind and visually impaired visitors. The touch tour begins 75 minutes prior to showtime.

The performance on 27 February will be followed by an audience discussion with Ania Nowak and freelance publicist Astrid Kaminski. 

Golden Gate questions our normative perceptions of loss and mourning. What is queer grief and in what way can it become a collective movement of melancholy and resistance? Drawing from vanitas, baroque aesthetics around transience and death, the work attempts to make space for gestures, voices and the erotics of mourning needed in today´s pandemic reality. For a long time now, collective mourning and its rituals have been disappearing from public space, making loss a private experience of each individual. In addition, as history, eg. the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, has shown us, some deaths are more worthy of grief than others. Given the lack of representation of death in epidemics, pandemics and suicide, Golden Gate attempts to create space for assisting loss in a queer utopia. If in earlier genres, such as Ars Moriendi, the function of art was to educate about death, what rituals can we imagine today to collectively process the experience of grief? The performers Ania Nowak and Frédéric Gies create a queer representation of companionship through losing and letting go. They rehearse each other’s deaths and use this morbid play not only to confront systems of injury aimed at queer and other minorities in the past and today, but mainly to develop new tactics of care and repair.

The piece lasts about 60 minutes. It doesn’t use any language.The lighting will be rather dark and uses slow moving, abstract projections. A haze machine will be used. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair spaces and three beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop or at the box office, if available. Admission begins 20-30 minutes prior to show time. We recommend arriving early to select a suitable seat. Please note that the accessibility information is subject to possible changes. It will be updated continuously. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

Click HERE to find information about our performance spaces and pathways, accessible restrooms, parking, directions to the theater, a 360° video tour of the building, and more.

Ania Nowak’s choreographic practice approaches vulnerability and desire as ways towards reimagining what bodies and language can do. She develops formats such as live and video performance, performative exhibition and text. Nowak’s overall inquiry is into the political dimension of body material and its immaterial aspects -affects, feelings and intuition- to think of new, embodied practices of care and companionship. She is especially interested in the latter when taking into account the unstable, transnational character of our lives and work in the Western world today; experiences of sexuality and sickness, as well as, ethics of pleasure in times of climate and political urgency. Nowak’s works have been presented at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlinische Galerie and Sophiensæle in Berlin; Nowy Teatr, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw; La Casa Encendida in Madrid, BWA Wrocław, the Baltic Triennial at CAC Vilnius and M HKA Antwerp a.o. Nowak lives and works in Berlin. www.anianowakanianowak.com

 

IDEA, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Ania Nowak CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Frédéric Gies SCULPTURES Pakui Hardware PRODUCTION OF SCULPTURES Atelier Gamil SOUND DESIGN Justyna Stasiowska LIGHT DESIGN Aleksandr Prowaliński COSTUMES Grzegorz Matląg/Wsiura PRODUCTION Micaela Kühn Jara, Magda Garlinska DRAMATURGY Siegmar Zacharias VIDEO Janne Ebel AUDIO DESCRIPTION Silja Korn, Xenia Taniko

A production by Ania Nowak in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, with the support of Q21 MuseumsQuartier, Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius and Milvus Artistic Research Center. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung