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James Batchelor + Collaborators
An Evening-length Performance
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August 12 13 14 15 | 19.00
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Dance
Festsaal |

With An Evening-­length Performance, Australian choreographer James Batchelor reimagines the baroque ballroom as a place for queer encounters and expression.

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Colette Sadler + Mikko Gaestel
ARK 1
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August 13 | 16.00
August 13 | 17.30
August 13 | 19.00
August 13 | 20.30
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Dance

In this im­mersive solo performance installation, choreographer Colette Sadler and visual artist Mikko Gaestel thematise the future of the human in relation to technology inside the virtual architecture of a 3D environment.

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Turbo Pascal
Irgendwie Mitte
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August 18 19 20 21 | 21.30
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10/15/25/50 €

Many people classify themselves as belonging to society's "Mitte". But where exactly is that - somewhere between top and bottom, rich and poor? As part of a four-part live reality series, Turbo Pascal go in search of the diffuse categories and relationships that make up the so-called "Mitte". To do this, the collective looks around its own circle of family, friends and acquaintances.

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Thiago Granato
The Sound They Make When No One Listens
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August 19 20 21 22 | 19.00
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Dance
Festsaal |

In times of an ecological, political and personal crisis, Brazilian choreographer Thiago Granato explores the act of listening.

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Melanie Jame Wolf mit Teresa Vittucci
SHOW BUSINESS
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August 30 31 | 20.00
September 01 02 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

There’s no business like show business. In their first performance evening together, Melanie Jame Wolf and Teresa Vittucci explore the problems and pleasures of: What does it take to make a show great?

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Making A Difference
Owning spaces - Conversations and actions from bed
Konferenz save the date
September 01-05

ConferenCE ON Zoom
September 01-05

As disabled artist-curators Kate Marsh and Noa Winter invite to conversations, practice, safer spaces and public sharings.

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TANZSCOUT ZU SHOWBUSINESS
Tanzscout Show Business
September 01 | 19.00
5€

The Tanzscout Tune-In offers a playful and creative engagement with the subject of the performance Show Business.

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KRISTINA + KAROLINA DREIT, ANNA TRZPIS-MCLEAN
FASHIONSHOW: WORKING CLASS DAUGHTERS
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September 04 05 | 17.00 - 22.00
Eintritt frei

The installation negotiates issues of class, gender and migration. In a subtle way it plays with conventions of fashion shows and refers to a current phenomenon in which so-called "workwear" finds its way into high fashion contexts. What's classy if you're rich, but trashy if you're poor?

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Julia*n Meding
TRAUMASCAPE
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September 04-08 | 20.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

In her new work Traumascape, Julia*n Meding investigates the connections between rationality and violence in the history of European knowledge.

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Specials
Festival
Coming of Age
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Age is just a number – yet there is no getting around aging. In the midst of debates about the climate movement, identity politics, and body image, it is time to renegotiate long-established generational contracts. Not only has the recent pandemic history shown that questions of responsibility and solidarity need to be revisited. 
The performance festival COMING OF AGE, which will take place from September 15 to November 7 at Sophiensæle, is dedicated to various facets of aging in society - and looks at the different challenges of a phenomenon that affects us all.

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Henrike Iglesias Livestream: Under Pressure Theatertreffen „Stages Unboxed“ at Sophiensæle: Interaktive Livestream on www.berlinerfestspiele.de

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Livestream
Online auf www.berlinerfestpiele.de
Pay what you want
In German with English subtitles

After-show talk
on 19 May 2021 at 9.10 pm

The performance is seen on the screen from home. In the self-presentation arena, the audience is the jury and raises or lowers their thumbs over the opponents. Reviews can be submitted remotely via smartphone from home. You will receive detailed information about online participation from home in a timely manner by email.

 

In Under Pressure, theatre collective Henrike Iglesias subject themselves to the pressure to perform. Three of the performers enter a competition, where they expose themselves to the audience’s judgment, while a voice from off-stage urges them on. The candidates have to deliver: Who can produce the most convincing show of tears, who will win the category “Best Lover” or who will come out on top of social comparison when the question is who stands to inherit the most? Is there an escape from the pressure to achieve? Through its increasingly absurd challenges, the piece questions demand for discipline and scrutinises the dictate of resilience, self-optimisation and stress resistance. In the version of Under Pressure presented at the 2021 Theatertreffen, viewers have the choice of taking part in the voting or merely watching the show.

HENRIKE IGLESIAS understand pop cultural and mass media phenomena as a mirror of social conditions and grievances and have made it their mission to illuminate them from an explicitly feminist perspective. They are a theatre collective based in Berlin and Basel whose permanent crew includes Anna Fries, Laura Naumann, Marielle Schavan, Sophia Schroth, Eva G. Alonso and Malu Peeters. With their production OH MY, which was shown several times at the SOPHIENSÆLE, they were invited to imagetanz Vienna, the Heidelberg Stückemarkt and the FIBA Festival in Buenos Aires. https://henrikeiglesias.com/

 

 

Interactive

Created by and featuring Henrike Iglesias (Anna Fries, Eva G. Alonso, Laura Naumann, Malu Peeters, Marielle Schavan, Sophia Schroth) COSTUME Nadine BakotaCOSTUME ASSISTANTAnne Bellinger TRANSLATION + SUBTITLES Naomi Boyce SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Sophia Petrova ProduCTION MANAGEMENT DE ehrliche arbeit - Freies Produktionsbüro ProduCTION MANAGEMENT CH Maxine Devaud - Maxinthewood Productions MANY THANKS TO Marie Simons

A production by Henrike Iglesias in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE, FFT Düsseldorf, brut Wien, ROXY Birsfelden, Schlachthaus Theater Bern and Südpol Luzern. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Migros Culture Percentage, Wilhelm and Ida Hertner-Strasser Stiftung and BLBK Stiftung für Kultur und Bildung. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung