Tanztage Berlin 2021

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JANUARY 07 to ∞

Due to the current pandemic situation, the 30th edition of the Tanztage Berlin will start as an online program from January 7 to 16. All planned live performances will then be made up for in spring 2021.
The film showdown AV by choreographer Judith Förster and filmmaker Stella Horta will kick off the festival on January 7. Clay AD will present the first digital premiere of the festival on January 15 with the performance Indication of Spring at the End of Time. We also invite you to an online Zukunftswerkstatt – a series of discussions about work culture and mental health, organized in cooperation with the ZTB (Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin) association. Pedro Marum will also curate an online format focusing on new artistic practices of care in club culture. In addition to this, the festival presents the first three episodes of its podcast, which was prepared in collaboration with the queer-feminist rave collective LECKEN.


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          Risk and Resilience Daniel Hellmann / Soya the Cow In Walking Distance

          • Daniel Hellmann - Soya the Cow-65_HP
            Foto © Mayra Wallraff
          • Daniel Hellmann - Soya the Cow-19_HP 2
            Foto © Mayra Wallraff
          • Daniel Hellmann - Soya the Cow-77_HP
          • Soya the cow_Credit Lenja Lehnard_HP
            Foto © Lenja Lehnard

          Outdoor Walk

          2020 October 08 09
          Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle

          German, English, French or Italian


          The walks take place as one-to-one encounters between artist and spectator. If the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, a mouth-nose cover must be worn.

          Timeslots: 14.30 | 15.30 | 17.00 | 18.00
          Duration: approx. 30 minutes

          Soya the Cow is a gender- and species-fluid drag cow. On your walk as an unusual, strolling animal-human duo, you consciously direct your attention to the presence of non-human bodies: dogs that lead their humans on walks. Pigeons that have appropriated a monument as a toilet. Body parts of killed animals that are carried through the streets as food or clothing by people. Soya the Cow invites you to take a walk that challenges your viewing habits and your self-image.

          In times of a pandemic, joint walks are very high in popularity. For weeks in spring, they were the only way to experience the public together. At the same time, distance and fresh air keep the risk of infection as low as possible. And yet every encounter also involves risks. It can create understanding, warmth and intimacy, but sometimes also incomprehension and conflict. Encounters can lead to both closeness and distance.

          During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange. What drives us? In times of physical distancing, the dialogue with an unknown opens new perspectives on our relationships.

          The walk takes between 20 and 30 minutes. Most of the approximately 1.5 km long route is done on foot. Most of the time you will be walking, sometimes standing. It is possible to take one or more sitting breaks. You can choose between German, English, French and Italian spoken language. If the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be kept, a face mask is obligatory. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

          Daniel Hellmann is a singer, performer, dance and theater artist from Zurich. He studied philosophy, classical singing and theater/performance and has been developing his own artistic and award-winning works since 2012. Hellmann sees his artistic practice as a form of intersectional activism. His projects examine the body, body relations and desire, and question social norms and power relations in the fields of sexuality, human and animal rights. He was awarded the June Johnson Dance Prize for his music-theatre performance Requiem for a piece of meat (2017) and invited to the Swiss Dance Days 2019. With his alter ego Soya the Cow - a sex-positive, feminist, vegan drag cow, he also performs in theaters, discussion groups and nightclubs and is currently recording his first music album. Finally, since 2018 Hellmann has curated the performing arts for the interdisciplinary gender & sexuality festival LA FÊTE DU SLIP in Lausanne.


          WITH Daniel Hellman as Soya the Cow

          In Walking Distance is made possible with the support of the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.