Programme
Tomorrow | 18:00
Sebastian Matthias
Urban Creatures
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August 10 11 12 | 18.00
Tickets
Dance
Festsaal | 25/15 €

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.

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Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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August 15-19 | 19.45
Tickets
Performance
17,17 €

A dreamlike journey on a rowing boat: time to slow down and question the concept of a productive life.

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Mette Ingvartsen
The Dancing Public
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August 17 18 19 | 21.00
Tickets
Dance
Festsaal | 25/15 €

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.

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Faye Driscoll
Thank You For Coming: Space
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August 24 25 26 27 | 18.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 25/15 €

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.

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Pelenakeke Brown
Enter // Return
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September 09 10 | 18.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

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.

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Sindri Runudde
A Sensoral Lecture
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September 09 10 | 21.00
September 11 | 16.00
Tickets
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.

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Quiplash (Amelia and Al Lander-Cavallo)
Queere Audiodeskription
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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.

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Anajara Amarante
Butching Cowboys
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September 15 | 20.00
September 16 17 | 18.00
Tickets
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.

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Quiplash
Unsightly Drag and Friends
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September 16 17 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

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.

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Angela Alves
Tennis
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September 23 24 | 19.00
September 26 27 | 20.00
Tickets
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.

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Sheena McGrandles
Dawn: A Musical on Reproduction
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September 23 24 | 21.00
September 24 | 14.00
September 25 | 16.00
Tickets
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!

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Thorsten Lensing
Verrückt nach Trost
Verrückt nach Trost_ThorstenLensing_01_FotoArmin Smailovic
September 30 | 19.00
October 01 02 07 08 09 | 19.00
Tickets
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.

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen
Let‘s J̶u̶s̶t̶ Be Friends
October 13 14 15 | 19.00
October 16 | 17.00
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

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.

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James Batchelor & Collaborators
Shortcuts to Familiar Places
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October 17 18 19 20 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Shortcuts to Familiar Places, James Batchelor creates a personal performance about the body as a site of historical and choreographic inscription.

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Company Christoph Winkler
Radical Minimal
October 20 21 | 19.30
15/10 €

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.

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Lois Alexander
Yeye
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October 22 24 25 | 20.00
October 23 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

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.

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Anna Natt
Queering Nosferatu
October 27 28 29 | 20.00
October 30 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In her new performance, Anna Natt, together with experimental musician Robert Curgenven, examines the vampire figure of Nosferatu for its queerness.

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Hausführung
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October 28 | 17.00
Various Locations |

If you want to get to know the history of Sophiensæle, join one of our guided tours. Regular guided tours are in German. English guided tours are available for groups of five people or more.

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Specials
Festival
Tanz im August 2022
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34. International Festival Berlin
August 05-27

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. 

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Festival
Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer
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September 09-17

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.

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Risk and Resilience Elischa Kaminer In Walking Distance

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Foto © Elischa Kaminer
Outdoor Walk
2020 October 10 11
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle
German + English

If the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be kept, a face mask is obligatory.

Timeslots: 14.30 | 15.30 | 17.00 | 18.00
Duration: ca. 30 Minuten

Yes.

It was here by the trees, when you first said yes. To all of this, to me, to everything you loved and to everything your guts screamed at: tame this animal, teach me how to turn, this is the place I feel most vulnerable and most open in. Like a sleepy wound, you said, with tentacles growing into the sharp outside. One small scar to the left and a large one to the right.

Aj aj, scary sight.
Poor connection
Blue shaped nights.

Yes. is a tender walk, private music video and an invitation to travel to our oldest memory, playfully, carefully, carving out the wet patches and beasts that weave themselves out of our collective dream fabrics and into song. Yes. is a ritual and communal exercise in remembering and celebrating the times our guts opened up wilfully, allowing for a space to mourn the times we were broken in and fabulate stories and ways to say: yes.

I say yes to this.
I say yes to this.
I say yes to this. 
I say yes to this.

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.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
The walk takes about 30 minutes with two breaks of about 5 minutes each. It is possible to take one or more sitting breaks. Languages used are English and German spoken language. The topic of consent is touched, but no events of sexualized violence or the crossing of personal boundaries are explicitly mentioned. If the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, a mouth and nose cover is obligatory. The information on accessibility will be constantly updated. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact presse@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

Elischa Kaminer is a composer, performer and theatre maker based in London and Frankfurt. His work has been showcased at theatres, concert halls and festivals across Europe, the U.S., Canada and Korea. He has worked with choreographers, video, fine artists and performance collectives including LIGNA (Klasse Kinder!, 2018), Olivia Hyunsin Kim (Yellow Banana, 2019 and Miss Yellow and Me, 2017), CHICKS* freies performancekollektiv (WHAT THE FUCK, 2020, LOVE ME HARDER, 2018, GARDEN OF CHICKS*, 2018, SOFT SKILLS gonna bite, 2018), Pinsker and Bernhardt (PAARE SIND FEINDLICHE INSLEN, 2019) and Mayah Kadish (EE, 2019, SONG FOR NAOMI, 2018, TABLEAU VIVANT, 2016 and PREFACES, 2014). Performances include showcases at Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, KORZO Theatre Den Haag, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Schauspiel Hannover, Europâisches Zentrum der Künste Hellerau, Sophiensæle Berlin, LOFFT Leipzig, Kampnagel Hamburg, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Impulsefestival, Favoritenfestival, Wildwechsel Festival, Berlin Peforming Arts Festival, 918 Bathhurst Toronto, the Roy. O. Disney Hall Los Angeles and the Sungmisan Theatre Seoul.

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