Programme
Today | 20:00
Tomi Paasonen
Pas de Q
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December 01 02 03 | 20.00
December 04 | 18.00
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Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Pas de Q enters the classical ballet world to turn choreographic forms and traditions upside down and reinvent them. A queer ensemble of male and non-binary dancers
pushes movement, dance and queer aesthetics to the extreme. In a utopian science fiction world, the team fuses drag art and pointe dance into a labyrinth of imaginative perversions, beyond morality and shame. 

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Enad Marouf
In My Hand a Word
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December 09 10 | 20.00
December 10 | 17.00
December 11 | 18.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In the scenic adaptation of his own text, the Syrian-German performance and video artist Enad Marouf deals with loss from a queer perspective: the loss of family, home and relationships, but also that of meaning and language. The audience enters a place where fragments overlap. Two figures move through scenes whose internal coherence continues to unravel through memories, anecdotes, and associative references.

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Melanie Jame Wolf
The Creep
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December 17 18 | 16.00
Performance

The Creep at feldfünf is the first in a series of installations by Berlin based choreographer and visual artist, Melanie Jame Wolf, in which she will enact her ongoing creep studies. It is a choreography between two figures – a cowboy and a mountain – embodying a poetic meditation on violence and storytelling.

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Jelena Stefanoska & Saša Asentić
Жизела / Giselle
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December 17 18 | 18.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Жизела / Giselle uses dance and language to explore the similarities and differences between the artist Jelena Stefanoska and the tragic ballet character Giselle. The piece tells of the need to love and be loved – and, above all, of the desire and feeling to live a life with dignity.

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Festival
Tanztage Berlin 2023
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JANUAR 05 – 21

Hey, why do you look so tired? "Urgency culture" expects us to be connected and responsive constantly. There is little to no time left to imagine the world otherwise. Tanztage Berlin – a yearly festival highlighting the work of the city's emerging dance makers – is back to diagnose the present and predict the future. Its 32nd edition investigates our daily overstimulation and chronic fatigue by reflecting on how we move to the rhythm of today's high-speed, social media-driven reality and its challenges.

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Dance
2022 October 17 18 19 20 | 20.00
Festsaal

PREMIERE

Little language

OCTOBER 19 | Performance with German audio description. The preceding stage tour takes place from 19:00-19:30. A pick-up service from the nearby S-Bahn and U-Bahn stops can be arranged via 030 27 89 00 30 or barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE GERMAN AUDIO FLYER.

A personal performance about the body as a site of inscription. In a fascinating excavation of Australian modern dance history, James Batchelor has been tracing a lineage through his childhood dance teacher Ruth Osborne to the modern dance pioneer Gertrud Bodenwieser. Bodenwieser came to Australia as a refugee from Vienna during WW2, inspiring generations with her visionary approach to dance education and choreography. In a solo and two duets, James Batchelor explores new artistic ways to embrace the complexity of self-expression in contemporary times – while echoing the free spirit of the expressive dance (Ausdruckstanz) era.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change until the day of the event.

The show lasts 50-55 minutes without an intermission and is suitable for an audience of 12 years or older. In several scenes, video sequences are projected onto a screen. In those sequences, there will be English spoken language with English ans German subtitles. The spoken parts are short and not essential to understand the work. The audience is seated in the dark. The light on-stage is mostly bright and focused around the dancers. There are shadow effects on the floor and the rear screen. Sometimes it gets loud. Then, the volume is building up and down. There are no surprising or jarring sounds. The audience area on the grandstand is seated.

For the performance on 19 October, there is an audio description in German with a preceding tactile tour for blind and visually impaired people. The tactile tour begins 60 minutes before the performance. The meeting point is at the box office in the Sophiensaele courtyard. Ticket reservations are accepted by Hannah Aldinger at barrierefreiheit@sophiensale.com or by calling 030 278900 35. If required, we offer a pick-up service for blind and visually impaired persons from the nearby S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations Hackescher Markt and Weinmeisterstraße. To make use of the pick-up service, please contact us during our business hours (Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm) at 030 27 89 00 30 or barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com.

The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair seats and two beanbag seats, which can be reserved or purchased at the online ticket store or box office, depending on availability. If you need a specific seat or a more relaxed admission due to visible or invisible disabilities, please arrive 20-30 minutes before the performance begins to take advantage of our early boarding offer.

JAMES BATCHELOR is a choreographer and performer from Canberra, Australia. His artistic practice includes movement research and performance creation, international touring and teaching. His most recent work includes “An Evening-length Performance” which premiered at Tanz im August (Sophiensaele) and toured to Tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), Theatre de Vanves (Paris) and December Dance (Brugge) in 2021. His solo work Hyperspace was selected to be part of the Aerowaves platform in 2019 and has since been presented over 50 times in Europe and Australia.

CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE James Batchelor DRAMATURGY, PRODUCTION Bek Berger COMPOSITION Morgan Hickinbotham PERFORMANCE Chloe Chignell LIGHT DESIGN Vinny Jones COSTUME DESIGN Juliane König VIDEO MONTAGE Margie Medlin VIDEOGRAPHY James Batchelor CHOREOGRAPHIC CONSULTATION Ruth Osborne, Eileen Kramer, Carol Brown RESEARCH CONSULTATION Michelle Potter PUBLIC RELATIONS COLLABORATOR Micha Tsouloukidse DANCE INTERN Caspar Ilschner 

A production by James Batchelor and Collaborators in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts, Tanja Liedtke Foundation, Michael Adena and Joanne Daly. With support of Tanzhaus nrw, QL2 Dance, Belconnen Arts Centre, Cocoon Dance, Trauma Bar und Kino, and Theaterhaus Mitte. Media partner:  taz, die tageszeitung.