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The programme 23/24 of Sophiensæle starts on 07.12.2023

On 7.12.2023, after urgently needed renovation work, the 2023/2024 season will begin at the Sophiensaele under the new artistic direction of Andrea Niederbuchner and Jens Hillje. We will publish the programme for the opening and the season on 26.10.2023, which is also the day when the pre-sale begins.

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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 5-20 January 2024. 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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Claire Vivianne Sobottke à mort – Ein choreografischer Liederzyklus für drei Stimmen

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March 22 23 24 25 | 19.00


In English

MARCH 24 | Artist Talk after the show in cooperation with Theaterscoutings Berlin.

The French term “à mort” is proclamation of the ultimate: I will fight you to death.”. But it's also excess and expression of hyperbolic enthusiasm. “Do you love me?” – “à mort, hell yeah, with all I've got!”stuttered in enigmatic states of ecstasy.

à mort is a performative dedication to radical aliveness in dark times, against all odds. The choreography is situated in a Memento mori inspired installation, where the constructed hierarchy between human bodies and the more than human world dissolves: Bones next to rock, wood next to hair, armor next to skin, claws next to fingers. Hosting erratic rhythms, logic of animal behavior, objects of violence, between beautiful and bizarre, this evolving landscape shapes choreographies of destruction and construction.

An ensemble of performers and musicians explores processes of dying and killing, exposing the grotesque, yet all-too-human desire to dominate even death. While three women play hunters and warriors, horns blow. In a dying world the feminine voice emerges as powerful physical presence.

The performance addresses sexualized violence and depicts it on stage. You can find more information on working with content notes on the house here.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event. Therefore, if you find out after you have purchased your ticket that the performance is no longer accessible to you, you can contact us for a ticket return at or 030 27 89 00 45 until 5 business days after the event (Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm).


  • Approx. 80 minutes


  • English spoken language
  • German spoken language


  • On stage, artificial bones are used as props, among other things.


  • The audience sits in the dark.
  • On stage, the lighting situation is rather bright.
  • Throughout the piece there are repeated changes in light (including blackout, pulsating light).


  • It gets loud in places.
  • Throughout the piece there are repeated changes in sound.

Audience area

  • Suitable for audiences aged 16 and over
  • Seated grandstand
  • 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability

Early boarding
If, for artistic reasons, the door to the auditorium does not open until very shortly before the performance begins, there is the option of early boarding.


  • Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm-6pm
  • Via the online ticket shop
  • At the box office

You can also find more information about accessibility here.

Claire Vivianne Sobottke is a choreographer, performer and dancer. Her work explores the body as a turbulent accumulation of concepts, collective and personal histories, traumata, memories, projections, identities and magic. The voice acts therein as political tool and poetic phenomenon. She develops sustainable strategies to subvert objectification and patriarchal hierarchy through a playful sexuality, sensuality, ecology and collectivity. Her work includes strange songs (2016), Velvet and WE BODIES (2019), Full Body Frontal (2022), Songs for Love and Rage (2018) and Amazonas (2017).

CHOREOGRAPHY, CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE Claire Vivianne Sobottke COMPOSITION, MUSIC Stellan Veloce, Kaj Duncan David MUSICAL COOPERATION AND FRENCH HORN Abigail Sanders, Elena Kakaliagou BY AND WITH Moss Beynon Juckes, Stina Fors, Claire Vivianne Sobottke SPACE AND OBJECTS Clementine Pohl, Yoav Admoni LIGHTING DESIGN AND TECHNICAL DIRECTION Catalina Fernandez COSTUME Lea Kieffer DRAMATURGICAL ADVICE Mila Pavićević OUSIDE EYES Sheena McGrandles, Maria Scaroni ARTISTIC PRODUCTION DIRECTION Simone Maria Graf

A production by Claire Vivianne Sobottke in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE and PACT Zollverein. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Media partner: taz.