Tomorrow | 20:00
Olympia Bukkakis
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February 02 03 04 | 20.00
February 05 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

replay investigates the formal relationships between movement and sound in pop, classical music, opera and drag. Drawing on her own biography, Olympia Bukkakis and her rebellious back up dancers raise questions about class and cultural hierarchies.

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February 03 | 17.00
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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Cora Frost/Rudy van Dongen/Peter Frost & Friends
Insel der Orgeln
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February 11 | 20.00
February 12 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Insel der Orgeln (Island of Organs) is a happening of dance, music, performance and installation and searches for experienced, repressed and dreamed concepts of life and survival. On the island, travelers bring together terrible and promising life stories to the polyphony of the organs in order to invoke the question of the healing power of the social family of choice.

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Alexandre Achour, Angela Alves, Diana Anselmo, Saša Asentić, Marko Bašica, Rita Mazza, Auro Orso, Perel & Dalibor Šandor
Dis Contact
February 15 17 19 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Kontakthof by Pina Bausch is one of the most famous works of contemporary dance. In 2018, artist Dalibor Šandor wondered why Bausch never actually made a version with disabled artists. Dis Contact is a new work by artists belonging to communities and cultures that are systematically oppressed in the world where Kontakthof has a prominent status.

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Eva Meyer-Keller
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February 26 | 18.00
February 27 28 | 20.00
March 01 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In OUT OF MIND Eva Meyer-Keller and her accomplices develop choreographic approaches to what we call consciousness and experience. She takes neuroscientific approaches as a starting point to undertake a dive into a slippery terrain of uncertainties and turns the theater space into an experimental laboratory in which more-thanhuman performers enter the scene as well.

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Jule Flierl
Time out of Joint
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March 08 09 10 11 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Time out of Joint is a grotesque variety show of political speeches and a virtuously cacophonous concert of feminist struggles of the 20th century. Applying the tactic of tactlessness, utterances by historically influential female* speakers are dissected, distorted and recomposed. Dancing bodies explore rhetorical strategies as questions of rhythmic (re)arrangement and make voice audible as the battlefield of political representation.

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Ist die deutsche Theaterwissenschaft (post)kolonial?
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March 11 | 18.00
Kantine | Eintritt frei

What does the demand for a “decolonization of the University” mean for German-language theater studies? What could a post- or decolonial Theater Science look like in research and teaching? Together with contributors from the anthology Theaterwissenschaft postkolonial/decolonial, the editors Azadeh Sharifi and Lisa Skwirblies want to explore these questions.

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Vanessa Stern & Team
ToFuR® – Theater ohne Furcht und Reichweite
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March 16 18 | 20.00
March 19 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Vanessa Stern has lost her way. She cried out bravely: “Social media, you are my enemy!” and founded a knighthood (complete with cute ponies) to go into battle against the dark forces of Reach and Attention. Theater without clicks and shares and likes! Be there when no one is following us! Another world is possible.

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Claire Vivianne Sobottke
à mort – Ein choreografischer Liederzyklus für drei Stimmen
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March 22 23 24 25 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

à mort is a performative-musical exploration of processes of domination, dying and killing. Excessive scenes of destruction emerge in a memento mori inspired installation of natural and artificial materials. The female voice emerges as a powerful physical presence in a dying world, challenging the grotesque human desire for dominance.

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Hendrik Quast
Spill your guts
March 31 | 19.00
April 01 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For his project, Hendrik Quast learns the art of ventriloquism in order to approach the chronic inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis artistically. In conversation with the disease, new ways of speaking and images of chronic illness emerge, opening up unusual spaces of humor for the ill and healthy audience.

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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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Jochen Roller + Yuki Kihara Them And Us

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2015 September 16 18 19 20 | 19.30
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The Samoans are back! A century after they were lucratively exhibited in German Zoos, three of them return to Germany in a folk-colonial spectacle by the Berlin choreographer Jochen Roller and the Samoan performance artist Yuki Kihara. "Our new countrymen" was the motto under which the Samoans were presented to Germany at the time. The three invited dancers Malili, Lafaele and Paul take this motto literally - they study the culture and customs of their white brothers and sisters and alight on strange connections between the two cultures. The Bavarian people dance the Samoan Fa'ataupati in lederhosen, the painters of 'die Brücke' group use Samoan painting techniques and people in Berlin clubs wear Samoan chieftain's tattoos on their shoulders. Them and us is a mixture of hybrid choreography and film, in an extremely pleasurable way, the protagonists develop a re-writing of the German anthropological viewpoint of their former colony of German Samoa.

Jochen Roller born 1971 in West-Berlin, studied Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen and Choreography at the Laban Centre in London. He has choreographed over 50 works for stages, galleries, fashion and film. His stage productions tour in Europe, Middle-East, Asia and the Pacific. His three-hour solo-trilogy „perform performing“ (2002-2004) was performed 147 times and was sold in 2009 by the auction house Christie’s in Hamburg. His last piece „Trachtenbummler“ was premiered 2013 in the frame of the festival Tanz im August. As a dancer Jochen Roller works for the ensemble Gintersdorfer/Klassen and for Martin Nachbar. As dramaturge he has collaborated with Joavien Ng (Singapur), Kadir Memis (Berlin) and Jecko Siompo (Jakarta). From 2007 until 2010 Jochen curated together with Anne Kersting the seasonal dance program of Kampnagel Hamburg. In this period he founded together with 7 European performing art centers the annual Live Art Festival. He was artistic director of the editions 2009 and 2010. Jochen worked as a jury member for Tanzplattform in 2010 and Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes in 2011 und in 2012. Since 2004 Jochen Roller has been listed by the Goethe Institute as one of Germany’s most influential choreographers.

A native of Samoa, Yuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work engages in a variety of social, political and cultural issues. Often referencing Pacific history, her work explores the varying relationships between gender, race, culture and politics. In 2008, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presented a solo exhibition of Kihara’s work entitled ‘Living Photographs’ featuring highlights of her interdisciplinary practice, followed by an acquisition of her works by the museum for their permanent collection. Kihara’s works and performances has been presented at the Asia Pacific Triennial (2002 & 2015), Auckland Triennial (2009), Sakahàn Quinquennial (2013) and the Daegu Photo Biennial (2014). Kihara’s works has also been exhibited, among others, at the Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art; Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, USA; de Young Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, USA; Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, New Caledonia; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney and Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.

ARTISTIC DIRECTION Jochen Roller, Yuki Kihara DANCE Lafaele Fagasa, Malili Tautala, Paul Tuisaula VIDEO Andrea Keiz LIGHT DESIGN Marek Lamprecht ASSISTANCE Laura Böttinger PR, PRODUCTION björn & björn

Produced by Jochen Roller in co-produktion with Theater Roxy Birsfelden, Theater Freiburg, FFT Düsseldorf and SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the Mayor of Berlin - Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten. Friendly supported by Fachausschuss Theater und Tanz BS/BL, Creative New Zealand and the Goethe-Institut New Zealand. media partners:, Jungle World, taz.die tageszeitung


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