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Public in Private / Clément Layes ONON
ONON_c_Public in Private_HP
December 12 13 14 15 | 19.30 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

A choreographic labyrinth: ONON looks at the things and digital systems that organize our everyday lives.

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Laurie Young + Justine A. Chambers One hundred more
December 12 13 14 15 | 21.00 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Dance as political tool.

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TANZSCOUT-Einführung zu ONON
December 13 | 18.00 Einführung
Kantine | 5 EURO

In a one-hour introduction we approach the production ONON.

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December 17 | 17.00 Guided tour
Various Locations | 5 EURO

A guided tour about the eventful history of the Sophiensæle from its construction in 1904/05 to the present day.

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Lange / Kress / Mazza / Stymest VIER
Vier_c_Paul Sleev_HP
December 17 18 | 20.00 Musical
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

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Das große Kiezchortreffen #2
musikkantine-2018-12-19 small ©arne schmitt-2451
December 19 | 19.00 Singalong
Festsaal | 10/7 EURO

Our musical Christmas treat celebrates another season!

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Lois Alexander Neptune
Neptune_c_ Michiel Goudswaard_HP
January 08 | 19.00
January 10 | 20.30
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Lois Alexander uses water and its transformational qualities as points of departure to reflect on her position as a woman belonging to a minority.

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Sasha Amaya // Frida Giulia Franceschini Sarabande // Tricks for Gold (T4$)
January 08 09 | 20.30 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

Sasha Amaya brings baroque dances into the present and investigates their similarities with contemporary dance // Tricks for Gold (T4$)  is a cynical fairy tale about the commodification of the female body in times of late capitalism.

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ZTB präsentiert: Incite! Dance!
January 09 | 18.00 Austausch
Hochzeitssaal | Free Entrance

Departing from the experiences and struggles around the Dance for Millions of Reasons campaign, ZTB opens an interactive space in which strategies of protest, resistance and dissent will be tested.

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Caner Teker Kırkpınar
January 10 11 | 19.00 Dance
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

Caner Teker creates new queer spaces by appropriating techniques of Turkish oil wrestling (Yağlı Güreş).

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Linus Enlund_HP
January 11 12 | 20.30 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

„Juck" is Swedish and means thrust. Anarchic, joyful, riotous and explosive, six performers in school uniforms enter the stage and claim their own conditions for "femininity".

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Around the World
c_Kunal Vijaykar_HP
January 12 | 18.00
January 13 | 20.30
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

This year Tanztage Berlin welcome the interdisciplinary art festival Gender Bender from Bangalore in South India as their guest and present a performance: An Evening of Lavani.

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Suvi Kemppainen + Josefine Mühle A Child Has Been Beaten
January 13 14 | 19.00 Dance
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

Two performers disrupt the dualism of dominance and submission, confronting their viewers with intimacy and their own responsibility as an audience.

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Amirhossein Mashaherifard Aftermath
c_Robin Junicke_HP
January 14 15 | 20.30 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

With dance, language and sound, Aftermath tells of states of exception and their effects on the body.

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Maque Pereyra Solar Threshold
January 16 17 | 19.00 Dance
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

By combining contemporary dance with ritual chanting, reggaeton and perreo, Maque Pereyra creates a decolonial dance practice that shatters conventional notions of sexuality and spirituality.

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Areli Moran La Postal de nuestra Existencia
Arelie Moran @Manon Siv Duquesnay_HP
January 16 | 20.30
January 18 | 19.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

In an intimate exploration, Areli Moran examines the significance of hair as a repository of social norms, identity and desire.

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House of Living Colors Endangered Species
January 17 18 | 20.30 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

The drag collective House of Living Colors focuses on the climate crisis, showing that a diversity of identities is as essential for the survival of our society as is biodiversity for nature.

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January 18 | 22.00 Party
Kantine | Free Entrance

With an uplifting show, House of Living Colors presents Spice to celebrate the perseverance and resilience of QTBIPoC (queer + trans Black, Indigenous, People of Color).

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Interrobang Philosophiermaschine
January 23 24 25 26 | 19.00 Performance
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

Telephone conversations with philosophers of the 20th century.

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Vanessa Stern Auf der Suche nach der komischen Alten
January 24 | 10.00 - 13.00 Theaterspielworkshop
Kantine | Free Entrance

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Freischwimmer*innen. The Future Is F*e*m*a*l*e*

© Jan Grygoriew, Christiane Heim


The relaunched newcomer platform Freischwimmen meets the sequel to The Future is F*e*m*a*l*e*: Alongside international feminist guest performances the Freischwimmer*innen offer ten days packed with queerfeminism – cross-generational and suitable for everyday use! With performances, dance and lectures the festival presents queerfeminist strategies for a non-binary and intersectionally feminist future.

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          After Europe Beiträge zur dekolonialen Kritik

          © Jan Grygoriew


          2019 October 12 | 14.00

          Auf Deutsch und Englisch

          Under the keyword of decolonial criticism, our own colonial entanglement is currently being reflected in art, science and society. In this discourse, colonialism is not understood as a temporally and spatially distant phenomenon that came to an end with the historical decolonization of the mid-20th century, but rather as a fundamental structuring of modernity. Our world is permeated by a colonial matrix, a grammar that enables, for example, the police law of white settlers in the colony of Deutsch-Südwestafrika as well as the current police practice of racial profiling. Additionally, previously unsuspicious concepts, such as aesthetics and their instruments, such as white cubes and black boxes, appear strangely violent in the new light of decoloniality.

          In the symposium, thinkers speak with the audience and with one another about central concepts and contexts for decolonial work in Germany in 2019. We begin with a clarification of terminology. The Zurich-based cultural anthropologist Rohit Jain will order some of the terms currently used in his work, including postcolonialism, (de)colonialism and diversity, addressing them in a European and global context. We continue with a core piece of decolonialism, namely the critique of philosophical universalism. The documenta professor Nora Sternfeld will, in contrast, talk about the history and possibilities of a universalism of the marginal. Last but not least, we will deal with the question of the colonialism of the others. The protest researcher Olga Reznikova will present insights into a non-Western Russian imperialism.

          JULIAN WARNER works as a freelance cultural anthropologist at the interface of art and science. He used to be a research assistant at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology of the Georg-August-University Göttingen, dramaturg and performer of various performances by Oliver Zahn as well as dramaturg and ethnographer of Anta Helena Reckes "Schwarzkopie" of Mittelreich. Julian Warner is together with Elisa Liepsch co-editor of the anthology ALLIANZEN - Kritische Praxis an weißen Institutionen and works as curator at the Künstler_innenhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, the Sophiensæle in Berlin and the Münchner Kammerspiele. He teaches seminars and workshops at universities and art institutions in Germany and abroad.

          NORA STERNFELD is an art mediator and curator. She is a documenta professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and co-director of the /ecm master's course in exhibition theory and practice at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Sternfeld is a founding member of trafo.K (Büro für Bildung, Kunst und kritische Wissensproduktion Wien) and since 2011 part of freethought (Plattform für Forschung, Bildung und Produktion London). She was one of the artistic directors of the Bergen Assembly 2016 and publishes on contemporary art and anti-racism.

          ROHIT JAIN is a researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology and Empirical Cultural Studies (ISEK) at the University of Zurich and works as managing director of the postmigrant Think & Act Tank Institute New Switzerland (INES). He has published on postcolonial public spaces between Switzerland and India. Jain was involved in artistic research projects on the role of gold trading in the public space of Switzerland (Zurich University of the Arts) and on urban citizenship (Shedhalle Zurich) and is co-founder of the racism-critical humourous festival Laugh Up. Stand Up! as well as the Salon Bastarde, a series of postmigrant happenings in Zurich.

          OLGA REZNIKOVA studied at the St. Petersburg Institute for Jewish Studies and at the LMU Munich and graduated in European Ethnology, Sociology and Geography at the LMU Munich (2012). Her academic interests include anti-Semitism research, feminist and postcolonial theories, and ethnographic research on workers' protests and strikes. She is currently doing her doctorate at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen in cultural anthropology on the subject of truck driver protests in Russia.



          with Nora Sternfeld, Rohit Jain und Olga Reznikova MODERATION Julian Warner