Programme
Tomorrow | 14:00
Sheena McGrandles
Dawn: A musical on reproduction
DAWN_Michiel Keuper HP
September 25 26 | 14.00
September 25 26 | 19.30
Tickets
Dance/Music/Theater/Performance/Concert
Uferstudios | 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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Vanessa Stern
Gebeine. Die Frieda, die ich meine
Ursula Maria_HP
September 24-30
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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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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Schwenk & Schmans
Im Wald mit...
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October 04-31
November 01-07

In March 2021, four intergenerational hiking groups set off through Berlin's forests which. Schoolchildren ranging between the ages of nine and thirteen hiked with one or two grandparents by their side or accompanying them on the phone. Schwenk & Schmans have brought together the images, videos, audios, texts, questions and thoughts collected during these walks, creating a documentary.

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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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Festival
Coming of Age
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© Jan Grygoriew

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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Jess Thom Biscuits Without Borders + Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic Talk + Lecture

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© Jan Grygoriew
Discourse
2021 June 10-30
2021 July 01-31
Video on Demand
English spoken language with subtitles + translation into German sign language

In October 2020, artist and co-founder of Touretteshero Jess Thom was invited to the Risk + Resilience Festival for a lecture and a talk with curator and dramaturg Noa Winter. The recordings of both events as well as an additional video in which Jess Thom answers further questions that could not be covered during her lecture are available online until July 31, 2021. 

The recordings of the events are available in English spoken language. Both have an interpretation into German Sign language. The video that answers additional questions has English as well as German closed captions. A full transcript can be made available as well. For any questions regarding accessibility please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or +49 30 27 89 00 35.

DISABILITY CULTURE IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC

Touretteshero co-founder Jess Thom examines and reflects on the barriers and opportunities that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown. Jess asks her audience to consider how we can work together to make a world that suits a broad spectrum of bodies and minds. As systems and structures start to spin back up, Jess argues that now is the ideal time to create a truly inclusive and socially just society.

“The response to COVID-19 has revealed how quickly change can happen when it’s deemed to be in everyone’s best interests. It reveals that nothing we think of as being unchangeable, actually is. Now we all know this, I want to see more action when it comes to eliminating systemic inequality.” Jess Thom

Biscuits Without Borders: An Open Conversation

In a global political climate that seems more polarised and divided than ever, artist, writer and activist Jess Thom and curator and researcher Noa Winter discus the importance of creative intersectional collaboration and solidarity across borders. The conversation will be open and inclusive, taking a relaxed approach and welcoming input from all. Having met each other previously at several key events, this is the first time that Jess and Noa will get to discuss the ideas that they care passionately about.

“Traveling internationally helped me appreciate how local systems and structures can impact on disabled people’s experiences and expectations. Making opportunities to discuss Disability Culture and Justice in a more global context feels exciting and essential.” Jess Thom

Jess Thom is co-founder of Touretteshero and may or may not lead a secret double life as a superhero. Artist, playworker, and expert fundraiser, Jess currently helps coordinate a large play project in South London. Jess has had tics since she was a child but wasn’t diagnosed with Tourettes until she was in her twenties. With some encouragement from her friends, Jess decided to turn her tics into a source of imaginative creativity and the Touretteshero project was born.

NOA WINTER is a curator and dramaturg with a focus on disability arts and accessibility. They are currently working as a coordinator for the Berlin-based project Making a Difference, which supports disabled and deaf dance professionals. Their main interests are the self-determined working methods of disabled, queer and chronically ill artists, aesthetics of access and questions of antiableist curating. Most recently they co-curated the symposia Making Theatre Accessible – Be prepared to make mistakes and Exploded Times, Mad Spaces – Disability Arts & Crip Spacetime.

WITH Jess Thom and Noa Winter DGS TRANSLATION Oya Ataman, Katharina Cordts

Realised with funds from the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.