Programme
Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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September 27 28 | 18.15
September 29 30 | 18.00
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Performance
17,17 €

A dreamlike journey on a rowing boat: time to slow down and question the concept of a productive life.

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Thorsten Lensing
Verrückt nach Trost
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September 30 | 19.00
October 01 02 07 08 09 | 19.00
Tickets
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
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October 13 14 15 | 19.00
October 16 | 17.00
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Performance
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
Tickets
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
Tickets
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
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October 22 25 | 20.00
October 23 | 18.00
Tickets
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
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October 24 | 20.00
Tickets
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
Tickets
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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Hausführung
Hausführung
October 28 | 17.00
Tickets
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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Tanz im August 2021 James Batchelor + Collaborators An Evening-length Performance

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Dance
2021 August 12 13 14 15 | 19.00
Festsaal
Few/No Language

The hygiene concept of Tanz im August applies to this event.

With An Evening-­length Performance, Australian choreographer James Batchelor reimagines the baroque ballroom as a place for queer encounters and expression. A new kind of social dance emerges that invites curiosity about the event space and its inherent theatricality. Sensitive, delicate and poised, the performers embody a shared vocabulary with echoes of their own personal movement histories. As doors open and layers are removed, the formality of the space shifts to allow moments of subtlety and intimacy.

James Batchelor is a prize-winning choreographer and dancer from Australia based in Berlin. After studying dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, he was invited by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to join a two-month scientific expedition at sea in 2016, which led to the creation of Deepspace, commissioned by Dance Massive, and later to his solo Hyperspace, selected for Aerowaves 2019. He presents his works in multiple contexts worldwide, such as at Centre Pompidou (Paris and Malaga), MONA (Hobart), Vitalstatistix (Adelaide), Dancehouse (Melbourne), Dansens Hus (Oslo), Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Tramway (Glasgow), December Dance (Brugge) and at Tanz im August in 2019. Batchelor also has a dedicated teaching practice, sharing his creative processes with people of all ages and abilities.

Choreographer James Batchelor With Jacqueline Trapp, James Batchelor, George Hampton-Wale, Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin Dramaturge, Producer Bek Berger Music Morgan Hickinbotham Costume George Hapton-Wale Lighting Vinny Jones Developed with Natalie Abbott, Arad Inbar Guest Provocateurs Zander Porter, Dr. Dorita Hannah

A production by James Batchelor & Collaborations in coproduction with December Dance / Concertgebouw Brugge and Menagerie de Verre and in cooperation with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the ACT Government, Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH lab, City of Melbourne and private donors.