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.
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: https://tanztage-berlin.sophiensaele.com.
Spill your gutsA sick ventriloquist show
2022 February 03 04 05 | 19.30 2022 February 06 | 17.00 March 31 | 19.00 April 01 | 19.00
April 1 | Artist Talk with Hendrik Quast and Robin Rehmann after the show (moderation: Alex Hennig)
A damaged, clap-mouth doll shits as unabashedly as she dines. She has her ventriloquist firmly in her grip. As the embodiment of his chronic inflammatory bowel disease, she has only one thing on her mind: make him bleed! The unequal duo sparks a relationship thriller about undigested leftovers, fires up the stammering about outrageous stories of illness and plunges into a shitstorm about their work in the theater.
For his latest project, performance and action artist Hendrik Quast has learnt the art of ventriloquism in order to approach an underestimated organ – the intestine. In conversation with his sick ventriloquist doll, the intestine is explored in its peculiarities and metaphors, but also its pathologies. Quast's everyday experiences with chronic inflammatory bowel disease open up new ways of speaking and unusual spaces of humor for the sick and healthy audience. Attributions of visibly and invisibly marked chronically ill bodies are renegotiated here. With the means of entertainment art the artist and his team ask the question who actually holds the interpretative sovereignty over the sick body: medicine, the patient or the disease itself.
The themes of disability, ableism, classism and death are addressed. You can find more information on working with content notes on the house here.
If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event. Therefore, if you find out after you have purchased your ticket that the performance is no longer accessible to you, you can contact us for a ticket return at email@example.com or 030 27 89 00 45 until 5 business days after the event (Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm).
German spoken language
Abrupt light changes
Blinding light effects
There is loud, suddenly starting music. Hearing protection is provided at the entrance.
4 beanbag seats bookable
2 wheelchair seats bookableThe audience area is mostly lit. In some scenes there are no lighting in the audience.
There will be direct interactions with the audience. Hendrik and the puppet will address the entire audience or single people in the audience in certain scenes. In moments of interaction, the audience can decide for themselves whether they want to participate or not.
The play is suitable for audiences aged 14 and over.
Early Boarding If, for artistic reasons, the door to the auditorium does not open until very shortly before the performance begins, there is the option of early boarding.
Clapping and laughter during the performance are explicitly welcome.
It is possible to leave the room at any time during the show and return.
Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm-6pm
You can also find more information about accessibility here.
With a processual concept of theatre, Hendrik Quast devotes himself to performing techniques such as ventriloquism, pantomime or musical singing and explores the dissolution of boundaries in entertainment culture. He allows these to collide with everyday practices, crafts and cultural techniques such as taxidermy, funeral floristry or nail design. In these settings, Quast appears as an exaggerated alter ego that follows its own language foils, logics of action and necessities of action. The audience is challenged by subversive comedy to critically relate to marginalised topics such as social origin and (precarious) forms of work, attributions of illness/health and the relationship between nature/culture. Born in Celle in 1985, the queer action and performance artist studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen. He has been working as a solo artist and in the performance duo Quast & Knoblich since 2009.
His performances have been realised with institutions such as Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt am Main), Gessnerallee (Zurich), FFT Düsseldorf, Theater Rampe (Stuttgart), Sophiensæle (Berlin) and Kampnagel (Hamburg). His works have been shown at international performance and art festivals such as Impulse Theater Festival, steirischer herbst, Festival a/d Werf (Utrecht) and International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg). He adapted several theatre works as radio plays for WDR Cologne (including "Nagelneu", 2021, Radio Play of the Month Year 2021 German Academy for the Performing Arts). In 2022 he is a fellow at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and at Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, Japan.
Since 2023 Quast is an artistic PhD candidate at Stockholm University of the Arts and is doing a PhD on humour and illness in the performative arts in cooperation with Zurich University of the Arts.
TEXT, PERFORMANCE, CONCEPT Hendrik Quast DRAMATURGY Alex Hennig ARTISTIC ASSISTANCE Michel Wagenschütz PUPPET, COSTUME, MASK Christina Neuss STAGE Jonas Droste LIGHT DESIGN Maika Knoblich SOUND Toben Piel CONSULTING VIDEO Rodrik Biersteker DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT Marcus Dross COACH VENTRILOQUISM Marcus Geuss PR Yven Augustin GRAPHIC DESIGN Christina Mäckelburg SOUND ENGINEERING Tobias Klette TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT Hendrik Borowski PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Lisa Gehring
A production by Hendrik Quast in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg and Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe of the State of Berlin and by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. With the support of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Theater Rampe Stuttgart (Kooperationsstipendium) and the residency program of Cima Città (CH). The project was part of the residency program schloss bröllin e.V., supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the County of Vorpommern-Greifswald. The revival is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR. Media partner: taz.