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

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Discourse
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.