Today | 16:00
Imagining futures: what if?
DISKUSSION Imagining Futures
May 20 | 16.00
Festsaal-Foyer/online | Eintritt frei

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Imagining Futures brought together twelve innovative performing arts festivals for a pan-European experiment – a future-focused and predominantly female peer network that offered participating festival directors and artists a deep listening space and a moment to be together, think together, and dream of different futures.

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Today | 17:30 - 21:30
Bodies of Care
May 20 | 17.30 - 21.30
May 21 | 15.30 - 20.00
Festsaal-Foyer | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 15:30 - 15:45
Bodies of Care: Togetherness
May 21 | 15.30 - 15.45
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 16:00 - 16:30
Bodies of Care: The Skin Creature
May 21 | 16.00 - 16.30
Participatory Performance
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Kareth Schaffer
Question of Belief
May 26 27 28 29 | 20.00
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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Josephine Findeisen
Working Class Dance Group
May 27 | 18.00
15/10 €

Working Class Dance Group shows a working state of an ongoing research on class structures. The dancers revisit historical, female-proletarian perspectives and investigate the intersections of class, gender and the body.

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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

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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Terrestrial transit - kick off
June 03 04 | 19.00
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
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
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
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
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_Hof_c_Sofia Popp_HP
June 22 | 18.00

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

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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:

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Bernadette La Hengst Mutter**land A revue passé about family and social centrifugal forces

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Walk in stations (music/performance/film)
2022 May 12 13 14 | 20.15
Freilichtbühne Weissensee
in German

The theatrical songwriter Bernadette La Hengst embarks together with her 16-year-old daughter and the audience on a musical journey through time to the stations of her mother's life between Silesia, the GDR, Lebanon and the FRG. For this project, La Hengst draws on her research and discussions of the past years, in which she went in search of traces of her mother.

As a child, her mother was a refugee twice, from Silesia to the GDR to North Rhine-Westphalia. In the 1960s, she lived in Lebanon and Syria for a while. Mutter**Land builds a bridge to the current handling of flight and displacement: staged dialogues and vocal duets between stage and film, between mother and daughter, rituals performed with the audience and La Hengst's songs oscillate from the micro to the macro cosmos of a society in which migration is a cultural foundation.

BERNADETTE LA HENGST has lived in Berlin since 2004. From 1990 to 2004 she lived as a musician in Hamburg, since then she has released countless albums and played hundreds of concerts. Since 2002, six solo albums have been released by Trikont, most recently Wir sind die Vielen (2019). In 2003, she received the Artist Award for Popular Music in North Rhine-Westphalia for her entire body of work to date. Since 2003, she has increasingly worked as a director, musician, author and actress in a wide variety of theatre and radio play productions, including for Theater Freiburg, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Theater Essen and Sophiensæle.

By and with Bernadette La Hengst, Ella Mae Hengst, Carolin Hochleichter, Stephanie von Beauvais, Jelka Plate, Eike Böttcher, Sophie Krause ARTISTIC DIRECTION, CONCEPT, TEXT, MUSIC, LIVE-PERFORMANCE Bernadette La Hengst PERFORMANCE, TEXT, MUSIC IN VIDEO Ella Mae Hengst DRAMATURGY, CONCEPT Carolin Hochleichter VIDEOS Stephanie von Beauvais STAGE, COSTUME Jelka Plate & Eike Böttcher DIRECTOR AND VIDEO ASSISTANT Sophie Krause LIGHT DESIGN Dirk Lutz VIDEO SOUND Robin Plenio PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro OUTSIDE EYE Bettina Grahs WITH TEXTS BY Brigitte Hengst AND VOICE BY Eva Broermann ADDITIONAL VIDEO MATERIAL Ibrahim Shehab THANKS TO Anke Broermann, Andreas Kossert and his books „Kalte Heimat“ and „Flucht – eine Menschheitsgeschichte“ 

A production by Bernadette La Hengst in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE and Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste within the framework of #Take Action with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as by the Kunststiftung NRW and the European Centre for the Arts Hellerau.