Sophiensæle 23/24


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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Leisure & Pleasure Double Much Coiling against the sun

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© Nasheeka Nadsreal
July 01 | 15.00
July 01 | 18.00


in English

In 2020, a group of suddenly unemployed Berlin-based dancers living in uncertainty amidst strict state regulations on physicality, touch and mobility started to regularly meet in public space. There they played Double Dutch: a game played with two skipping ropes swung in opposite directions so that they cross rhythmically, with one or more people jumping in the middle. What started as a response to the Corona lockdowns, has since blossomed into an ongoing practice where five artists regularly explore the game’s connection to trance-like states, club culture from early hip hop to techno. From the Black feminist perspective, Double Dutch belongs to the long lineage of ways in which Black US-Americans have maintained community and culture: The game offers a space of bodily practices and oral tradition to combat controlling images and narratives attempting to erase an existence. But Double Dutch also invites the exploration of joy, creativity, non-productive artmaking, playfulness and togetherness as a safe haven within the twisted lifestyle of the freelance dancers.

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.


  • The performance lasts 30-40 minutes.
  • After the performance, the audience is invited to listen to music for 20-30 minutes and to try out the performers' skipping ropes.


  • English spoken language
  • There is very little spoken language during the performance. Texts are read aloud at two points (sound poem and excerpts from an essay).
  • After the performance, the texts from the performance are available in printed form for the audience.


  • The performance will take place in the Sophiensaele courtyard.
  • The audience can sit and stand around the performers.


  • The performance will take place by daylight.


  • During the performance, a DJ set will be played.
  • At one moment the performers shout in a surprising way.

Audience area

  • In the courtyard there are different possibilities to stand and sit (beer benches, on the floor, bean bags).
  • 2 beanbag seats available
  • Wheelchair spaces available
  • The audience can leave and return to the performance at any time.

Early boarding

  • The Sophiensaele courtyard is open to the public before the performances.


  • Admission is free.

You can also find more information about accessibility here.

DANI BROWN was born and raised in Rochester, NY, USA. She completed her Bachelor of Dance at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem, NL. She now lives in Berlin and works internationally as a choreographer, performer, researcher and teacher. Her work and collaborations have been presented worldwide and her latest work, The Pressing, premiered at Radialsystem in Berlin in July 2022.

JUSTIN F KENNEDY (VI/DE) is a Berlin-based dance and vocal artist, teacher and DJ from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Justin's research evolves from a longstanding dance and vocal practice and its further translation into workshops, science fiction operas, installations, street interventions, happenings, music and film.

NASHEEKA NEDSREAL is a multidisciplinary artist, dancer and choreographer from Louisiana who works through the mediums of sound and visual art. She employs voice, collage, found objects, textiles, and masking in her work, which explores themes of identity, ritual, futurism, play, and improvisation. Her work has been shown at Ballhaus Naunynstraße, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kampnagel, Sadler's Wells, and Theater o.N., among others. Most recently, Nedsreal was artist in residence at Black Rock Senegal in 2022. She is currently a member of the dance ensemble at Schauspielhaus Zurich.

SIMO VASSINEN (FI/DE) is a dancer, performer, writer, translator, bodyworker and former futurologist. His performances deal with psychotherapy, emotions related to climate change, the Eurovision Song Contest and subcultural codes, among others - often mixing social research and journalism with dance and physicality. He has shown his work at Tanztage Berlin, Delphi Theater, ada, Uferstudios and Kiasma Museum, among others. He is currently working in Germany and Finland with an urge to combine the transcendence of dance and rave culture with psychoanalysis, dynamic meditation, bodywork and futurology.

GABRIELLE VON WÄRE is a dancer, choreographer and mother of two from Rochester, NY. She began dancing at a young age and her career has taken her from the US to Istanbul and now to Berlin. Describing her range of movement as a “physical lyricist,” she has performed in films, music videos and numerous theaters throughout Europe. After working with stars such as Jasmine Masters, Von Wäre additionally began designing clothing and textile patterns. She also works as a movement coach and teacher with a strong focus on voice and what she calls “Ancestral Fascia”.

ARTISTIC DIRECTION Nasheeka Nedsreal PERFORMANCE Dani Brown, Justin F. Kennedy, Nasheeka Nedsreal, Simo Vassinen, Gabrielle von Wäre.

A production of Double Much in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE within the frame of Leisure & Pleasure, supported by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung.