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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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: https://tanztage-berlin.sophiensaele.com.
2022 February 03 04 05 | 19.30 2022 February 06 | 17.00
A damaged, clap-mouth doll shits as unabashedly as she dines. She has her ventriloquist firmly in her grip. As the embodiment of a/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 learns the art of ventriloquism in order to artistically approach the chronic inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis. In conversation with the disease, new ways of speaking and images of chronic illness emerge, opening up unusual spaces of humor for the sick and healthy audience. Here, everyday experiences with intestinal diseases are brought to the stage through the art of conversation, renegotiating the questions of visibly and invisibly marked, chronically ill bodies. By turning the intestine into a stage, Hendrik Quast and his team also question who actually holds the interpretative sovereignty over the sick body: medicine, the patient or the disease itself.
With a processual concept of theater, HENDRIK QUAST devotes himself to performing techniques such as ventriloquism, pantomime, or musical singing, and investigates 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. Quast appears in these settings as an exaggerated alter ego that follows its own linguistic foils, logics of action, and necessities of action. The audience is challenged by subversive comedy to critically relate to marginalized 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 Theater Studies in Giessen. He has been working as a solo artist and in the performance duo Quast & Knoblich since 2009. https://www.hendrikquast.de/
The piece lasts 90-120 minutes without a break. It is in German spoken language. Most of the time the audience area is dark, in some scenes it is lit up. The piece uses abrupt light changes, stroboscope, flashy light effects as well as fog. There will be loud and surprising music. Hearing protection is provided at the entrance. Clapping and laughing during the show are explicitly encouraged. The audience is welcome to leave the room during the show to go to the toilet and return. In moments of interaction, the audience can decide if they would like to participate or not. Ableism, classism and death are addressed and symbolic self-harm occurs. The piece is suitable for audiences from 14 years and older.
The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair spaces and four beanbag seats that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop or at the box office, if available. Admission begins 20-30 minutes prior to show time. We recommend arriving early to select a suitable seat, for example within short distance to the toilets. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at email@example.com or 030 27 89 00 35.
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TEXT, PERFORMANCE, CONCEPT, Director Hendrik Quast DRAMATURGY Alex Hennig ARTISTic ASSISTANCE Michel Wagenschütz PUPPET, COSTUME, MASK Christina Neuss STAGE Jonas Droste LIGHT Design Maika Knoblich CONSULTING Text Eva-Maria Fahmüller Consulting VIDEO Rodrik Biersteker SOUND Toben Piel DRAMATURGICAL support Marcus Dross COACH ventriloquism Marcus Geuss PR Yven Augustin GRAPHIC DESIGN Christina Mäckelburg Freelance work Noah Beeler TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT Hendrik Borowski PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Lisa Gehring
A production by Hendrik Quast in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe of the State of Berlin and by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. With the support of 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. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung