Today | 19:00
Thorsten Lensing
Verrückt nach Trost
October 02 07 08 09 | 19.00
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
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
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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_Postermotiv_c_Chanel Kah Yin Liang
October 22 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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Lois Alexander
BIPoC-only*: Yeye
October 24 | 20.00
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
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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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October 28 | 17.00
Various Locations | 5 €

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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Judith Förster
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November 02 03 04 05 | 20.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In her 1974 science fiction novel The Dispossessed, Ursula Le Guin describes an ambivalent social utopia that makes political ideas such as anarchism, socialism and capitalism tangible. HORIZON PROBLEMS is dedicated to this multi-layered scenario and makes it experienceable from a queer-feminist perspective with the means of contemporary dance. The bodies on stage challenge and nourish each other, play, and exploit – a microcosm of solos and imperfect unison.

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Michelle Moura
Lessons for cadavers
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November 12 14 15 | 20.00
November 13 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

We live in the midst of horror and we are used to it. Houses freezing without heating, forests on fire, families running across the border while others go shopping. Michelle Moura, part of the Tanzplattform 2022, approaches the physical language of horror – its exaggeration and hyperbole – to reflect the present. Three dancers move through life and death, wonder and laughter, violence and fragility in a magical, grotesque realm.

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Henrike Iglesias
November 16 17 18 19 | 19.00
November 17 18 | 21.00
November 19 | 17.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Henrike Iglesias are back and celebrating their 10th anniversary! FLAMES TO DUST is a show about finality and mourning, endings and loops and loops and endings. An interactive composition for 30 smartphones as well as their users, a few skulls, artificial rain and approximately two performers. Together we ask ourselves: Why do all good things come to an end (end)? And what if we could always start over again?

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Die Steuer-Erklärung
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November 22 23 24 25 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The tax return is THE big community-building financial event of the year! But frustration is inevitable: too time-consuming, too complicated, too bureaucratic. With a grand glamorous gesture and together with a group of magpies, hannsjana turns the tax return into a manifesto for a society based on solidarity. In an entertaining and
humorous revue, the performance collective takes a feminist look at bureaucratic overload.

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Caroline Creutzburg + René Alejandro Huari Mateus
Die Vielhundertjährigen
November 26 29 30 | 19.00
November 27 | 17.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Back to the future: In Die Vielhundertjährigen, the audience is contacted by the only contemporary witnesses of a long-gone division between the biological and the digital. These people, several hundred years old, are now inhabitants of a post-digital world. Based on fantasies and wishes for the world, the ensemble, ranging in age from 65 to 87, create their own science fiction narrative.

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Nadja Buttendorf
November 27 | 19.00
Kantine | Eintritt frei

Within the framework of Die Vielhunderjährigen will be a film-screening of Robotron – A Tech Opera - the first soap opera set in the computer industry of the GDR and deals with computer development in a planned economy and everyday life in East Germany. A talk with the artist will follow.

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THE FUTURE IS F*E*M*A*L*E* Henrike Iglesias Academy

2017 September 14 | 18.00 - 21.00
2017 September 15 17 19 21 22 23 | 17.00 - 21.00
2017 September 16 | 16.00 - 21.00
2017 September 18 | 18.00 - 20.00
2017 September 20 | 16.30 - 21.00
RAUM 213
Auf Deutsch - in German

The Academy is the school of our dreams. Every day, inspiring teachers offer two performative lessons on a variety of subjects: comedy, performing femininity, feminist film analysis, how to speak up for yourself, and much more. The snacks are great, beers are waiting in the smokers’ corner, and the toilets are always clean.

SPEAK UP with Josphine Apraku and others on the art of standing up for yourself • EINFACH DA SEIN (JUST BEING) with Laura Naumann on how to spend time that cannot be exploited capitalistically • SEXTALKS Johanna Weber advocates honest talks about your sexlife • HERSTORY 1: SEHT IHR DIE TOMATEN FLIEGEN? (DO YOU SEE THE TOMATOES FLY?) Annett Gröschner talks about a revolutionary meeting in a West Berlin kitchen 50 years ago • WERKZEUGE DES KOMISCHEN (TOOLS FOR COMEDY) with Vanessa Stern and her crisis management center for female comedy • WATCH IT LIKE BECHDEL with Sophie Charlotte Rieger about watching films through the feminist lens • BEZIEHUNGEN LEBEN, WIE WIR SIE UNS WÜNSCHEN (LIVING RELATIONSHIPS THE WAY WE WANT) Laura Méritt helps us on our way to relationship utopia • SEXMUXIC Cora Frost examines the sexuality of music • X Project O is not here for teaching. Hang out and work less! • FASHION & FEMINISM with Freya Herrmann and Vera Klocke from Firma 4 Fashion Film talk about the staging of fashion between feminism, body positivity, and empowerment • FEMINISTISCHER KUNSTUNTERRICHT (FEMINIST ART EDUCATION) with Kaj Osteroth and Lydia Hamann in the form of radical admiration • PERFORMING FEMINITY with Philladelphia Creemz and a second Drag Queen about the construct of femininity* - moderated by Kaey (Siegessäule) • HERSTORY 2: ANNA MAY WONG UND PRAKTIKEN DER ANEIGNUNG UND SUBVERSION VON EXOTIC DANCE (ANNA MAY WONG AND PRACTICES OF APPROPRIATON AND SUBVERSION OF EXOTIC DANCE) – a lecture by Yumin Li on the Chinese-American actress • PHILOSOPHIE IST MEINE PRAXIS (PHILSOPHY IS MY PRACTICE) Stefanie Wenner invites you to philosophical practice with Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, and Susanne K. Langer • PLEASURE IS POWER with Ulla Henrich, about feminist porn, sex positive feminism, including pussy massage workshop aftre teh lesson • AND MUCH MORE.

CONCEPT Henrike Iglesias (Anna Fries, Laura Naumann, Marielle Schavan, Sophia Schroth) TEACHING STAFF Josephine Apraku, Philladelphia Creemz, Cora Frost, Annett Gröschner, Lydia Hamann, Ulla Heinrich, Alexandrina Hemsley, Freya Herrmann, Florentina Holzinger, Lann Hornscheidt, Jamila Johnson-Small, Kaey, Vera Klocke, Ninia LaGrande, Yumin Li, Laura Méritt, Laura Naumann, Kaj Osteroth, Sophie Charlotte Rieger, Marlon Schwarze, Vanessa Stern, Aretha Schwarzbach-Apithy, Johanna Weber, Stefanie Wenner and many more ARTISTIC SCHOOL DIRECTION Marielle Schavan, Anna Wille SCHOOL TECHNICS, SPACE Eva G. Alonso TRAINEE TEACHER Franziska Janke SCHOOL FASHION Firma für Fashioninszenierung.

Produced by Henrike Iglesias in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Media partners: Jungle World, Missy Magazine, taz.die tageszeitung, Zitty Berlin

Photo © Anna Fries

HENRIKE IGLESIAS understand pop cultural and mass media phenomena as a mirror of societal attitudes and grievances, and love to explore them from queer and feminist perspectives. They make experimental performances and are based in Berlin and Basel. The permanent crew includes Anna Fries, Eva G. Alonso, Malu Peeters, Marielle Schavan and Sophia Schroth. Their performances are mostly at home in the Sophiensælen and have been invited to imagetanz Vienna, the Heidelberg Stückemarkt, the FIBA Festival in Buenos Aires, the digital Showcase of the Theatertreffen and Politik im Freien Theater, among others.