Florentina Holzinger
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December 11 12 13 | 19.30
Festsaal | 25/18€

The dizzying conclusion of Holzinger‘s trilogy on the body as a spectacle: TANZ deals with physical discipline and the cult of beauty ingrained within the tradition of dance. 

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Siegmar Zacharias & Judith Hamann
WAVES #6 – Listening Sessions Towards Social Bodies
December 13 | 20.00

Sound meditations to dwell together in a space where we do not have to be alone: Siegmar Zacharias and her team offer WAVES in sensory and affective modes as a series of listening sessions together with FFT Düsseldorf and Sophiensæle Berlin, from May until December 2021. 

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Suvi Kemppainen + Josefine Mühle
Baby Choir
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December 16 19 | 19.30
December 17 18 | 21.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Innocent, cute, dependent – Baby Choir throws socially accepted baby images overboard and is  interested in the monstrosity of the baby archetype. What if the baby possessed desire, was capable of action, and had an activist bent to boot?

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Yui Kawaguchi
Mugen_c_Mendora HP
December 17 18 | 19.30
December 19 | 17.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Yui Kawaguchi translates in Mugen (Japanese: illusion, infinity) the classical elements of Japanese Nō theatre into a hypnotic interplay of dance, music and light.

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TANZSCOUT Tune-In zu Mugen
December 18 | 17.30
5 €

With playful and practical examinations of the subjects and working methods of the dance piece and by an exchange of material and questions, the workshop participants will be introduced to the upcoming performance event. 

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Tanztage Berlin 2022
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In tandem with emerging dance artists connected to our city, Tanztage Berlin 2022 continues to examine what keeps us together and tears us apart. After 2021 the festival took place exclusively online, its 31st edition returns as an extended offline and online program. Alongside the last year’s selection of performances, it includes new creations and discourse formats on power, protest, and empowerment. The work presented during Tanztage Berlin 2022 critically navigates the present by reimagining past and future encounters on the dance floor. While dealing with acute problems like power relations, surveillance, disembodiment, or climate change, it tunes into the social body, creating much-needed moments of awareness, connectedness, and self-determination. Unlike the 21st-century billionaire strategy of abandoning earth in a rocket ship or escaping into a parallel virtual universe, the festival chooses instead to stay with the trouble: to celebrate dancing together through the crisis and against despair.

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Company Christoph Winkler We are going to Mars

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Eintritt frei
Few to no language

We are Going to Mars uses international video works to explore the history of the first African space program and how the reception of this story has changed over the past fifty years. In 1960, Edward Mukuka Nkoloso founded the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy. The goal: an African space program of its own to join the "Space Race" between the United States and the Soviet Union. On a remote farm, the "Afronauts" trained on homemade equipment. Together they created a rocket out of sheet metal and wanted to launch it into space on October 24, 1964. The rocket was to be piloted by 17-year-old Matha Mwambwa, the only woman on the team. The attempt to launch an African space program was taken anything but seriously by the international press. But hardly anyone thought of the project as a satirical commentary on the megalomania and absurdity of an imperialist show of strength like the Space Race. Until a video of the training surfaced ten years ago and triggered a change in perspective. To this day, it is not certain whether the project was a serious scientific endeavor, a joke at the expense of the colonial powers, or even a cover for a training camp for independence fighters. Either way, the term Afronauts stands today for a new self-confidence of black people, visible in the videos from the 60s.

Originally planned as a stage play, the company changed the concept and produced video works together with local artists in Uganda and the USA, which set very different accents. The Ugandan contribution, created with choreographer Robert Ssempijja among others, celebrates the spirit of optimism associated with the Space program and locates Mars in its own homeland. In contrast, Mourning [A] BLKstar and Symara Johnson's We are Going to Mars Suite is a fever dream that opens us up to new fantasies of space travel across formal boundaries.

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CHRISTOPH WINKLER is considered one of the most distinguished and versatile choreographers in Germany. Starting from a close local connection to the Berlin dance and theater scene, he develops a variety of different formats and productions for very different venues, companies and institutions. Under the umbrella of Company Christoph Winkler, he brings together dancers from all over the world to work together as temporary collectives on a broad spectrum of content. Last year, the company received the Tabori Award, among other things, for its close cooperation with non-European actors and its problematization of postcolonial aspects in dance.


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DANCERS Robert Ssempijja, Denis Magezi, Lydia Kasirye Nanozi, Shane Munina, Stuart Etou, Davis Ahimbisibwe, Herbert Jovan Simbwa, Denis Lule, Dance Theatre Uganda, Umar Kareregga, Fausta Nakasujja, Joana Mbabazi, Joan Nakawombe, Shafic Walusimbi, Ian Elijah Ssenkungu, Richard Kasosi, Edward Jjombwe, Salama Natabi, Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy, Intare Performers, Walter Ruva, Moses Mukalazi, Anna Tracy Aguti, Martha Naggita, Prisca Atite, Noah Bemuka, Bosco Kitabira, Joel Kakande, Godfrey Natuhwera, Julius Musenze, Edison Musanje, Mario William Mayega, Edison Musanje, Richard Tamale MUSIC HHY & The Kampala Unit, Arsenal COSTUME GC Fashion Artistic Kampala Crew/ GRAPHICS, WEB DESIGN Anthony Okiria VISUAL ARTIST Joel Kateeba Uganda VIDEO PRODUCTION Teflon Film DIRECTOR, EDITING Teflon Moses FIRST CAMERAMAN Kino Musoke SECOND CAMERAMAN Mugera Spin Godfrey CAMERA ASSISTANT Ivan Clark Niwamanya PHOTOGRAPHER Jeff Musoke DRONE PILOT Asaph Kasujja SOUND ENGINEER Brian Kisembo Delon Digital Imaging Technician Eric Mukalazi PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Ark Martin Kyaligamba Kisiti SET RUNNER Habib Mbogo  



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Director Symara Johnson Direction and Concept Symara Johnson, Christoph Winkler Executive Producer Symara Johnson Assistant Producer Kalliope Piersol Director of Photography Yasmin Josiah Editor Yasmin Josiah Music composed and performed by Mourning [A] BLKstar Starring Symara Johnson, Angel Glasby, Dava Huesca with Mourning [A] BLKstar Vocals James Long, Latoya Kent, Kyle Kidd Drums Dante Foley Trumpet Theresa May Trombone William Washington Guitar/Keys Pete Saudek Samplers/Bass RA Washington Costume Director(Brooklyn,NY) Stanley Gambucci Costume Director(Cleveland,OH) Mourning[A] BLKstar Production Manager Laura Biagioni Songs used in order of use Epilogue, Indoctrination, Terrain Discovery, We stayin, Celestial Bodies  Super 8mm processed & scanned by NEGATIVEFILMLAND

A production of Company Christoph Winkler in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.