Today | 16:00
Imagining futures: what if?
DISKUSSION Imagining Futures
May 20 | 16.00
Festsaal-Foyer/online | Eintritt frei

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Imagining Futures brought together twelve innovative performing arts festivals for a pan-European experiment – a future-focused and predominantly female peer network that offered participating festival directors and artists a deep listening space and a moment to be together, think together, and dream of different futures.

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Today | 17:30 - 21:30
Bodies of Care
May 20 | 17.30 - 21.30
May 21 | 15.30 - 20.00
Festsaal-Foyer | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 15:30 - 15:45
Bodies of Care: Togetherness
May 21 | 15.30 - 15.45
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 16:00 - 16:30
Bodies of Care: The Skin Creature
May 21 | 16.00 - 16.30
Participatory Performance
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Kareth Schaffer
Question of Belief
May 26 27 28 29 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Question of Belief, choreographer Kareth Schaffer addresses the demons of today’s world: Between actionism and laziness, distraction and apathy, the performers Mădălina Dan and Manon Parent fight their way through stage designer Dan Lancea's inflating stage landscape.

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Josephine Findeisen
Working Class Dance Group
May 27 | 18.00
15/10 €

Working Class Dance Group shows a working state of an ongoing research on class structures. The dancers revisit historical, female-proletarian perspectives and investigate the intersections of class, gender and the body.

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Lea Sherin Kübler + Soraya Reichl & Ensemble
Remember Now!
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June 03 04 05 | 14.00
June 03 04 05 | 17.00

Based on debates about the toppling of statues as well as the renaming of street names and an accompanying new examination of memory culture, the youth projekt invite you to a performative and interactive audio walk. 

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Terrestrial transit - kick off
June 03 04 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The interdisciplinary project Terrestrial Transit deals with the activist practice of artistic intervention, which is gaining importance again in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe, in view of the strengthening of right-wing authoritarian regimes. The work of the dance company CRANKY BODIES a/company, founded in August 2020 by Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper, refers in particular to political forms of protest in the tradition of Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art before the fall of the Wall.


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June 09 10 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

History has failed us, but... deals with physical forms of protest and searches for a solidary togetherness while taking into account different bodies. Which narratives and images of resistance are remembered - and how are they told?

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Cyber Ghosts
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June 11 | 20.00
June 12 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

The Sophiensæle are happy to be able to catch up this summer with the work of Kiana Rezvani from the Tanztage Berlin 2022 programme, which could not be presented during the festival in January due to the pandemic.

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The River - Part 1
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June 17 20-24 27 28 29 30 | 20.45 - 21.45
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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June 21 23 24 25 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The Panda Pussies bring an inclusive, cross-generational gender theater to the stage – in the best anarchic Schlingensief tradition, with music and intelligent racket.

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June 22 | 18.00

This year we want to continue our old tradition: we celebrate the Sophiensæle summer festival - without any drama! 

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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 5-21 January 2023 - however, the form as well as the exact date will depend on the constant reassessment of the pandemic. 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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Florentina Holzinger TANZ A sylphid reverie in stunts | | as part of the TT20 Nachspiele

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2021 December 11 12 13 | 19.30
In English

DECEMBER 11 | Artist Talk after the show WITH Franz Wille (Theatertreffen jurY MEMBER), moderated by Christine WahL

For your safety and ours, the event will be held in compliance with the 2G++ regulation:

  • proof of vaccination/recovery AND PoC antigen test no older than 24 hours
  • Obligation to wear a FFP2-mask also during the show
  • 3G exceptions requiring proof for persons under 18 years of age and persons for whom vaccination is not possible for medical reasons
  • Seating without spacing
  • Our complete safety and hygiene measures can be found here.

In some scenes, self-injurious acts are depicted, which may have a disturbing effect on some viewers.

In 2020, TANZ was one of the ten theater productions selected by the Berliner Festspiele's Theatertreffen. Now TANZ is one of the two selected productions from 2020 that will be presented by Berliner Festspiele's Theatertreffen as part of the "TT20 Nachspiele". The festival took place in 2020 purely digitally as a special edition due to the pandemic. Statement by the Theatertreffen jury

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. With a crew of dancers, between the ages of 20 and 79, Holzinger transfers motifs from classical ballet into an Italian horror film plot à la Suspiria: They create parodies of sensational images that transform the rough into the sublime in search of perfection. Florentina Holzinger’s TANZ is a response to images and fantasies handed down through the centuries by classical ballet. Among other sources, the dancer, performer and choreographer draws on La Sylphide by Filippo Taglioni. In her version, however, the sylphs (spirits of the air) don’t glide over the ground in pointed shoes: They circle the stage on motorbikes stark naked or fly through the air on brooms – and they smoke, too! TANZ inserts motifs from romantic ballets like Swan Lake or Giselle into a plot based on Dario Argento’s Suspiria: a ballet class that takes an ominous turn for the worse. Ever since her programmatic work Kein Applaus für Scheiße (No Applause for Shit), which she developed with Vincent Riebeek in 2011, Holzinger has been known for a blood-curdling use of bodies. Her performances carry the chutzpah of Viennese Actionism, but even more than that, they celebrate subversive stage formats that see the body as a spectacle and an instrument of power: sideshows, stunts, martial arts.

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The performance is in spoken English and lasts 140 minutes without intermission. During the show it is obligatory to wear a medical mask at your seat. If you are unable to wear a medical mask for health/physical reasons, please contact our evening staff upon arrival. The performance is very loud at times and uses surprising sound effects. Hearing protection is provided at the entrance. In some moments, the stage and audience area are in complete darkness. Bright, flickering light effects occur, as well as fog and cigarette smoke. In some scenes, self-injurious acts are depicted. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair spaces and one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop, if available. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35.


Reserved tickets must be paid for and picked up at the Sophiensaele box office by December 8. After this deadline, the reservation expires and the tickets go back on sale. Our box office hours through December 8 are:

Wednesday, November 17: 5-8 p.m.
Thursday, November 18: 5-8 p.m.
Friday, November 19: 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, November 20: 4-8 p.m.

Thursday, November 25: 5-8:30 p.m.
Friday, November 26: 5-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 27: 5-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 28: 2-7 p.m.

Friday, December 03: 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, December 04: 5-7 p.m.
Sunday, December 05: 5-7 pm

Monday, December 06: 5-7 pm
Tuesday, December 07: 5-7 pm
Wednesday, December 08: 5-7 pm

FLORENTINA HOLZINGER, born 1986 in Austria, studied choreography at the SNDO Amsterdam. After graduating in May 2011, Florentina Holzinger presented the solo Silk and received the Prix Jardin d'Europe at Impulstanz. Joint works with Vincent Riebeek such as Kein Applaus für Scheiße (2011), Spirit (2012) and Wellness (2013) attracted international attention. Their works are shown at numerous festivals and in production companies at home and abroad. As part of the festival The Future is F*E*M*A*L*E*, Florentina Holzinger showed the Performance Recovery (2017), a collaboration with Frascati Producties. In the same year she also presented her piece Apollon for the first time at the Sophiensæle. Her latest work TANZ was invited to the 57th Theatertreffen in 2020 and can be seen at the Sophiensæle from March.

KONZEPT, PERFORMANCE, CHOREOGRAFIE Florentina Holzinger PERFORMANCE Renée Copraij, Beatrice Cordua, Evelyn Frantti, Lucifire, Annina Machaz, Netti Nüganen, Suzn Pasyon, Laura Stokes, Veronica Thompson, Helena Bothelo Jœrgensen VIDEODESIGN, LIVECAMERA Josefin Arnell SOUNDDESIGN, LIVESOUND Stefan Schneider LIGHT DESIGN, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Anne Meeussen STAGE DESIGN Nikola Knezevic STAGE ASSISTANT Camilla Smolders TECHNICAL ASSISTANT Koen Vanneste DRAMATURGY Renée Copraij, Sara Ostertag COACHING Ghani Minne, Dave Tusk MUSICCOACH Almut Lustig OUTSIDE EYE Michele Rizzo, Fernando Belfiore THEORY, RESEARCH Anna Leon COSTUME ADVISER, TAILOR Mael Blau SUPPORT STUNTS Haeger Stunt & Wireworks STUNT INSTRUCTORS Stunt Cloud GmbH (Leo Plank, Phong Giang, Sandra Barger) MANAGEMENT Something Great (Berlin) & DANSCO (Amsterdam) INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION Something Great (Berlin) PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Laura Andreß FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT Julia Haas/SMART (Wien)

A production by Florentina Holzinger in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE (realized with funds from the Theaterpreis des Bundes), Spirit and Tanzquartier Wien, Spring Festival, Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Arsenic, Münchner Kammerspiele, Take Me Somewhere Festival, deSingel, Beursschouwburg, Frascati Productions, asphalt Festival and Theater im Pumpenhaus. Funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Performing Arts Fund NL and Norma fonds NL. Supported by O Espaço do Tempo, Fondation LUMA, De Châtel Award and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport, Section IV – Arts and Culture. With thanks to CAMPO, ImPulsTanz, Eva Beresin, Stefanie Leitner, Tanz-Archiv MUK Wien, Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industries, Mochi Catering and Andres Stirn. The performances from December 11 to 13, 2021 will take place as part of the Theatertreffen's "TT20 Nachspiele". The Theatertreffen of the Berliner Festspiele is sponsored by the Federal Cultural Foundation. Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Media partner: 3sat.