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Tomi Paasonen
Pas de Q
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December 03 | 20.00
December 04 | 18.00
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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Judith Förster HORIZON PROBLEMS

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2022 November 02 03 04 05 | 20.00
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NOVEMBER 4 | Performance with German audio description. The preceding stage tour takes place from 18.45 h to 19.15 h. For audio description and pick-up service you can register within our business hours, Monday to Friday between 10 h and 18 h via 030 27 89 00 30 or barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com.

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With her 1974 novel The Dispossessed, author Ursula Le Guin created one of the great narratives of science fiction literature, revolving around life on the two fictional planets Urras and Anarres. In her detailed description of social practices and modes of relationship, Le Guin creates an ambivalent utopia that makes political ideas such as anarchism, socialism, and capitalism tangible.

Almost 50 years after the novel's publication, HORIZON PROBLEMS is dedicated to this multi-layered scenario and makes it experienceable from a queer-feminist perspective, with the means of contemporary dance. Together with the dancers Rachell Bo Clark and Natasha Vergilió, the choreographer Judith Förster creates both eclectic and  detailed images of togetherness. The bodies on stage are each other's tools and materials: they challenge and nurture, play, use and exploit - creating a microcosm of solos and moments of imperfect unison.

After showdown and handle with care, HORIZON PROBLEMS is the third work by Judith Förster, in which she employs science fiction narratives to pursue a physical-emotional approach to coexistence and belonging in a complex society.

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 by the day of the event.

The performance lasts 50 minutes. It is suitable for an audience of 12 years and older. The stage set includes 5 banners, each with one word written on it in English: Perseverance, Curiosity, Insight, Opportunity, Spirit. In German this means: Perseverance, Curiosity, Insight, Opportunity, Spirit. These words can enrich the audience experience, but are not essential for understanding the play. The audience sits in the dark. Light-reflecting material and LED fans are used on stage to create a moving image. At some points it gets louder. The play includes dynamic faster scenes and scenes that work with proximity to the audience.

The audience area is seated in the last row. In the rows in front, there are seat cushions on the tiered bleachers. There are two wheelchair spaces and two beanbag spaces in the front row, which can be reserved or purchased at the online ticket shop or box office, depending on availability. If, for artistic reasons, the door to the auditorium does not open until very shortly before the performance begins, there is the option of early boarding. This is early admission for all people (especially those with visible or non-visible disabilities) who wish to have a specific seat or a more relaxed entry. Early Boarding usually starts 10-20 minutes before the performance starts. The meeting point is next to the bar. Five minutes before Early Boarding begins, an announcement on the floor will draw your attention to it once again. Our evening staff will be happy to help you find the meeting point.

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It is compulsory to wear an FFP2 mask. Exceptions are made for visitors who are unable to wear an FFP2 mask for health/physical reasons and for visitors who communicate in sign language.

JUDITH FÖRSTER works as a stage and costume designer, dancer and choreographer in Berlin. Since her costume design studies in Hamburg (2011-14), she has designed numerous opera and theater productions as well as performative, collaborative works. With her studies at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum für Tanz in Berlin (2015-18), she focused on dance and performance in stage and costume design, as well as in her own artistic works. The interaction of body and material, as well as the inherent potential for intimacy and liminality, is the focus of her research, finding new forms, again and again, in collaborations with choreographers, visual artists and dancers including: OMSK Social Club, Julian Weber, Monica Bonvicini and André Uerba. http://www.judithfoerster.de/

Choreography, Concept, Design, Dance Judith Förster Dance Natasha Vergilio, Rachell Bo Clark DRAMATURGY Isabel Gatzke SOUND, TECHNICAL DIRECTION Alexander Iezzi LIGHTING DESIGN Hanna Kritten Tangsoo Set ASSISTANCE Jonna Carstensen VIDEO SCULPTURES Stella Horta OUTSIDE EYE Ixchel Mendoza Hernández Production Management Sofia Fantuzzi

A production by Judith Förster in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Federal Cultural Foundation with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR. With the kind support of Theaterhaus Mitte and LAKE Studios Berlin. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.