Programme
HAUEN UND STECHEN
Salomé
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January 27 28 29 | 20.00
January 30 | 18.00
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music theatre
Festsaal | 15/10 Euro

The Berlin music theatre group Hauen und Stechen presents its version of the opera Salomé. The production, based on an opera by Richard Strauss and a text by Oscar Wilde, alternates between music and dance. It is a film, a journey, a fair and a dance of death all in one.

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Athina Lange + Pawel Aderhold
Whatremainsofme
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January 31 | 19.00
February 01 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

The way we perceive our reality is shaped by the language of our senses. But what happens when this fine interplay is disturbed? A search for traces of perception and experience.

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Hendrik Quast
Spill your guts
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February 03 04 05 | 19.30
February 06 | 17.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For his latest project, Hendrik Quast learns the art of ventriloquism in order to approach the chronic inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis artistically. In conversation with the disease, new ways of speaking and images of chronic illness emerge, opening up unusual spaces of humor for the ill and healthy audience.

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Nima Séne
auf den weg zu mir / auf den weg zu dir
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February 12 13 14 15 | 21.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In auf den weg zu mir / auf den weg zu dir, Nima Séne traces the history and lyrical legacy of the poet and activist May Ayim.

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
History has failed us, but…
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February 13 14 15 16 | 19.00
Tickets
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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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen
esmalbesserhabenin.de
February 21-28
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The online audiovisual installation esmalbesserhabenin.de is dedicated to family narratives, generational conflicts, political struggles, and visions of the future in families of immigrant heritage.

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Ania Nowak
Golden Gate
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February 24 25 26 | 20.00
February 27 | 16.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For a long time now, collective mourning and its rituals have been disappearing from public space. 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? 

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Queer Darlings 3
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MARCH 1–13

In the third round of our spring series QUEER DARLINGS we again bring old and new favorites to Berlin: Frédéric Gies, Cherish Menzo, Vincent Riebeek, Teresa Vittucci + Colin Self, tiran, and others focus on contemporary translations of archetypal figures and myths: They appropriate archetypes in order to remove the basis of stereotypes, and create new mythologies in order to establish communities that are as tender as they are political.

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Festival
Tanzplattform Deutschland 2022
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MARCH 16–20

From March 16 to 20, the Tanzplattform Deutschland 2022 festival will gather 13 current and remarkable positions of dance and choreographic creation in Berlin, including three Sophiensaele productions by Sheena McGrandles, Joana Tischkau and Michelle Moura.

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Claire Cunningham Thank you very much

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Dance
2021 December 03 04 05 | 19.00
Festsaal
In English with German subtitles

DECEMBER 05 | AUDIO DESCRIPTION and preceding touch tour in German for blind and visually impaired visitors. The touch tour begins 60 minutes prior to showtime.

For your safety and ours, the event will be held in compliance with the 2G+++ regulation:

  • proof of vaccination/recovery AND PoC antigen test no older than 24 hours
  • Obligation to wear a medical mask also during the show
  • 3G exceptions requiring proof for persons under 18 years of age and persons for whom vaccination is not possible for medical reasons
  • Seating with 1 meter distance
  • Our complete safety and hygiene measures can be found here.

Choreographer Claire Cunningham and her ensemble of leading disabled performers invite you to join them for an evening at the Sophiensæle as they pull back the curtain on the glittering and mysterious world of the tribute artist. Thank You Very Much takes to the floor with wit, glitz and a pulsating soundtrack. A performance that navigates up, down and all around society’s ideas of normality, and shakes up the myth of how bodies should be. The dancers pull on their sparkling costumes and ask: Who have we been trying to be all our lives? Has it ever been our choice? And what really is “the wonder of you”?

“Cunningham… is totally herself in a life-affirming display of community spirit that would make Elvis quiver with pride.” The Herald

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The piece lasts about 90 minutes without intermission. It is in English spoken language with German subtitles. At times the stage and audience area are in complete darkness for a moment. The performance uses electronic music, some of which is very loud. Hearing protection will be provided at the entrance. All shows take place as a Relaxed Performance: Sounds in the audience are welcome. You are allowed to leave and return to the show at any time. If you need a break, you can retire to the foyer and bar area on the first floor (accessible via the stairwell or elevator).

Seating options are chairs with backrests as well as beanbags. Beanbag and wheelchair seating can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket store or box office, subject to availability. Admission begins 20-30 minutes prior to show time. We recommend arriving early to select a suitable seat. Between audience members, a minimum distance of one meter will be maintained. During the show it is obligatory to wear a medical mask at your seat. If you are unable to wear a medical mask for health/physical reasons, please contact our evening staff upon arrival.

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. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland.  A recent Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany she is also an Affiliate Artist with The Place, London. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies).  This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence. Claire Cunningham was awarded the 2021 German Dance Prize (Deutscher Tanzpreis). www.clairecunningham.co.uk

Created by Claire Cunningham PERFORMANCE Claire Cunningham, Dan Daw, Vicky Malin, Tanja Erhart DRAMATURGY Luke Pell ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Dan Watson COMPOSER, SOUND DESIGNER Matthias Herrmann SET DESIGNER Bethany Wells COSTUME DESIGNER Shanti Freed LIGHTING DESIGNER Chris Copland AUDIO DEScRIPTION Noa Winter, Sophia Neises, Gerald Pirner

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, National Theatre of Scotland and Perth Festival in association with tanzhaus nrw and Dance Umbrella. Produced by National Theatre of Scotland and Manchester International Festival in association with Claire Cunningham Projects. The project has been supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. The guest performance is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as part of the project The Future is Accessible. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung