Programme
Vanessa Stern
Gebeine. Die Frieda, die ich meine
Ursula Maria_HP
September 19-30
October 01-31
November 01-07
Eintritt frei

Eleven old women remember Frieda in eleven short films. They all tell the truth, but each one knows something different. >> Watch online here.

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Ursula Martinez
A Family Outing - 20 Years On
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September 24 25 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In this touchingly funny restaging of the show A Family Outing, performer and stand-up icon Ursula Martinez confronts the question of what happens to us as time moves forward in a frank conversation with her mother.

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Jaha Koo / Campo
The History of Korean Western Theatre
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September 24 25 | 21.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Jaha Koo takes on the question of how lost theater traditions can find new meaning in a humorous social analysis. Between documentary theater and performance, he exchanges ideas for this with his grandmother, his newborn son and a rice stove. 

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Sheena McGrandles
Dawn: A musical on reproduction
DAWN_Michiel Keuper HP
September 25 26 | 14.00
September 25 26 | 19.30
Tickets
15/10 €

In an experimental musical, Sheena McGrandles and a collective of Berlin artists explore different perspectives on parenthood and the symbolic power of the child. Concert, spoken word and performance combine to create a multi-layered and humorous artistic work. 

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
Like Daughter, Like Mother
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October 02 03 04 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

The path to reconciling family and career is still a long one - Olivia Hyunsin Kim has nevertheless chosen motherhood. Through her relationship with her mother and her newly born daughter, she takes a close look at societal expectations and, at the same time, humorously takes aim at them. 

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Marjani Forté-Saunders/ 7NMS
Memoirs of a...Unicorn
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October 07 08 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In her triple Bessie award-winning solo Memoirs of a... Unicorn, Marjani Forté-Saunders pays tribute to the "unicorns" of her life and community. A performance about Black masculinities, magic, resilience and political resistance.

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Interrobang
Deep Godot
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October 09 10 13-17
October 09 10 | 16.00
October 09 10 | 17.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 18.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 19.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 20.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 21.00
Tickets
15/10 €

Interrobang makes the ambivalences of artificial intelligence tangible for the audience! Through microphone and headphones, each audience member communicates with the AI DEEP GODOT in an one-on-one booth and negotiates personal, medical and philosophical issues. 

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Samara Hersch and Company
Body of Knowledge
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October 14 15 16 17 | 11.30
October 15 16 | 22.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10€

In an intergenerational phone conversation with eight Australian teenagers, audience members engage in a moving dialogue about physicality, sexuality, desire, shame, and fears for the future.

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Siegmar Zacharias & Steve Heather
Re-Generation
Waves_4_HP
October 18 | 20.00
Tickets

How can we be different together? Re-Generation invites you to a listening session with your whole body. Together, listeners connect through sound mediations to create shared resonant spaces.

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Doris Uhlich
Tank
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October 20 21 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10€

Trapped in a glass TANK, Doris Uhlich evokes cinematic, robotic and medical associations and enters into a captivating, almost cinematic exploration of the body as a field of experimentation. 

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Cora Rudy van Dongen Frost/ Franz Reimer
Sogar dein Tod war ein Geschenk
Walter Pressefoto 2_HP
October 21 22 23 | 21.00
October 22 23 24 | 18.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

This evening tells the story of the friendship between Cora Frost and Walter Ladengast, the actor, lyricist, painter, photographic artist and neighbor from Cora's childhood days. We listen to his voice and watch as his paintings and photographs form a slow film of his life. 

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Stages of Ageing
October 25 26 | 19.00
October 27 | 10.00 - 15.00
Eintritt frei

Stages of Ageing - the discourse programme of the Coming of Age festival takes a look at those needs in old age(s), that have so far been neglected in our society and in the structures of the independent theatre scene.

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25 Jahre SOPHIENSÆLE
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October 29 | 18.00
Feast
Various Locations |

The Sophiensæle theater is turning 25 and our festival Tanztage Berlin can also look back on its 25th anniversary and its 30th edition. That's why we are celebrating everything together on October 29: The Sophiensæle, the Tanztage Berlin and the book launch of our anniversary publication OPENINGS.

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Corinne Maier
Die Zufügung
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October 30 31 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

Corinne Maier presents a gripping lecture performance on the subject of age and aging with text fragments by the exceptional author Gerlind Reinshagen, improvisations by the performer and the music of Elvis Presley.

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Lajos Talamonti
Alter Hase
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November 04 05 06 07 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10€

Five former dancers look back on the time of their common classical artistic imprint. In a last joint dance they make the rigid structures of classical dance pliable and tell of life as an often surprising school, the method of which everyone has to invent anew for themselves every day.

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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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IRENA Z. TOMAŽIN + JULE FLIERL U.F.O. HOMMAGE TO KATALIN LADIK

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Dance/Music/Performance
2021 July 15 16 17 18 | 20.00
Festsaal
In English

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The Hungarian-Serbian poet and performer Katalin Ladik is considered the “Yoko Ono of the Balkans” and a pioneer of noise and performance art in Southeastern Europe: With the “SoundBodyPoetry” of her radical body art performance UFO Party from 1969, she shook the artistic scene at the time and established methods of experimental voice work and physical performance already in the 1970s.
In their first collaboration, German sound dancer Jule Flierl and Slovenian choreo-vocalist Irena Z. Tomažin celebrate their shared interest in Ladik's artistic position: a homage that blurs the boundaries between poetry, acting and experimental voice work, while continuing the two artists' own research into the physical experience of language and the articulation of different layers of the voice.

The piece lasts about 60 minutes without a break. It is open to audiences 16 years and older. Most of the language that is used is spoken English. However, the piece is also accessible without any knowledge of English. The lighting situation is very dark at the beginning and then slowly gets brighter. There are light reflections that can be blinding. Different sounds come from different directions. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There is one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop, if available. The accessibility information will be continuously updated. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

JULE FLIERL studied contemporary dance at SEAD-SALZBURG as well as choreography at EXERCE Montpellier and has worked as a dancer with Bryan Campbell, Martin Nachbar, Ibrahim Quarishi, Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Sergiu Matis, Tino Sehgal and Meg Stuart, among others. Flierl works with a somatic voice method, the "Lichtenberger Method", which explores through anatomy and imagination in relation to high frequencies and pre-musical tones. The friction between her training in diverse contemporary dance techniques and her vocal training paved the way for Flierl's choreographic works that explore voice as dance. STÖRLAUT (2018) reflects her research on Valeska Gert's sound dances of the 1920s. She is currently working with choreographer Antonia Baehr on the edit for the film Die Hörposaune.

IRENA Z. TOMAŽIN is a dancer, experimental singer and philosopher working in the experimental theater and music context. Her work has been the subject of analysis by Bojana Kunst (The voice of the dancer) and Sophie Herr (Geste de la voix et théatre du corps), among others, and her writings on vocal philosophy have been published in various art publications. She has released three albums: Crying Games, Taste of Silence and Lump in the throat. Her work is a consistent exploration of the non-linguistic voice as a medium in corporeal performance.

CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Irena Z. Tomažin, Jule Flierl LIGHT Gretchen Blegen SOUND Nicola Ratti COSTUME Jean-Paul Lespagnard in collaboration with Muriel Kunkel and Marcelo Chavira HISTORICAL ADVISORY, DRAMATURGY Kata Kasznahorkai PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Alexandra Wellensiek, Zavod Sploh Trailer Zavod Sploh Assistance Sharón Mercados Nogales 

A production by Irena Z. Tomažin + Jule Flierl in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE (Berlin), Zavod Sploh (Ljubljana), Charleroi Danse Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles (Brussels), PACT Zollverein (Essen). Supported by the Capital Cutural Fonds. Thanks to: Ausland Berlin, Theaterhaus Mitte, Uferstudios, Eden/Dock 11, Maria Jerez, Mateusz Szymanówka, Lulu Obermayer, Luise Meier, Vera Pulido, Gaetan Rusquet, Adaline Anobile, Myriam van Imschoot, Marcus Berger, Antonia Baehr. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.