In the piece, which is both music theatre and dance performance, the audience itself becomes part of a living sound installation. Electronic sounds emanate from their own mobile phone loudspeakers, which change depending on the distance to the performers and merge into a single collective body of sound.
Inspired by the historical phenomenon of dance frenzy - the solo dance mixes ecstatic eruptions with pounding beats and is party, spoken word concert and expression of physical madness to exhaustion all in one.
Faye Driscoll stands alone on stage but creates a dynamic group experience. She is part of a complex installation, is wired for sound transmission and is supported by pulleys, ropes or the weight of others.
For the first time in Germany, the festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer presents a work by the Sāmoan/Pākeha artist Pelenakeke Brown. With her collective of disabled artists, she takes a new look at aesthetics and the art of the disabled body in this interdisciplinary performance.
September 09 10 | 21.00 September 11 | 16.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €
Can a voice message be more intimate than a nude photo? Together with composer Marta Forsberg, Sindri Runudde explores the concept of voicemail and the culture of auditory versus text-based SMS: A Sensoral Lecture is all about auditory romance and love at first frequency - an exploration of sound and especially the voice as a form of touch.
September 13 | 14.00 - 18.30 September 14 | 11.00 - 15.30
Festsaal | 10/20/30/40 €
Join Quiplash to explore what it means to integrate audio description into performance, queerly. The workshop takes place over two relaxed half-day sessions (with breaks) at the Festsaal of Sophiensæle.
September 15 | 20.00 September 16 17 | 18.00
Kantine | 15/10 €
Anajara Amarante takes the audience into their queer version of South American surrealism and creates entire dance landscapes out of it: Closely connected to the artists, the audience experiences a crescendo evening that is both visual protest and ritual celebration.
Welcome to Unsightly Drag and Friends: Quiplash invites the audience to a dazzling and somewhat different evening of cabaret! Between musical and stand-up comedy, abstract worlds and smooth moves the ensemble of Queer Crips (short: Quips) show us how sexy the mix of entertainment and access can be.
September 23 24 | 19.00 September 26 27 | 20.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €
In the dance performance TENNIS, Angela Alves examines sport, art and society for ableist and classist patterns of discrimination; exploring methods to confront them without losing her nerve. In the setting of a tennis court, the dancer takes up the racket and prepares to serve for an accessible future.
September 23 24 | 21.00 September 24 | 14.00 September 25 | 16.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €
Sheena McGrandles’s successful experimental musical is back: Between concert, spoken word and performance, one ensemble together with a small choir of childless people speculates on new ways of starting a family!
September 30 | 19.00 October 01 02 07 08 09 | 19.00
Festsaal | 28/18 €
The children Charlotte and Felix emerge from the sea and play as their dead parents on the beach. It's a ritual the two have been practicing for years. In memory of their parents' wild exuberance, they put sunscreen on their backs and tickle each other until they can hardly breathe. For brief moments,all sadness falls away from them. Again and again, however, the different needs of the two ten- and eleven-year-old siblings break into the game.
In Let's Just Be Friends, Simone Dede Ayivi interviews people who live their friendships as a feminist counter-concept to family businesses or marriages: Friends who do projects together or take on responsibilities for each other that are usually attributed to the close family context or romantic relationships between two people.
With Radical Minimal, the Berlin-based Company Christoph Winkler explores the radical potential of minimal music and contemporary dance. In three choreographies, the team reinterprets three well-known pieces of minimal music: Come Out by Steve Reich, Coming Together by Frederic Rzewski and Stay on it by Julius Eastman.
Lois Alexander explores the afterlife of slavery and the reverberations on our present.Yeye explores memory, traces and notions of a motherland, moving through different levels of video, text and performance.
The international festival Tanz im August, presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, is once again showing a full three-week programme with international and local choreographers from different generations. From August 5–27, 2022 a total of 21 productions with around 200 artists from over 25 countries are being shown in 87 performances at HAU Hebbel am Ufer and 6 other venues in Berlin.
For the first time in Germany, the Sophiensæle will bring together international works by queer disabled artists as part of the performance festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer – with all the challenges and potentials that the intersections of disability and queerness entail.
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
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.
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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.