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Jule Flierl Time out of Joint

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March 08 09 10 11 | 20.00


In English / Multilingual

Time out of Joint is a grotesque variety about the spoken and the unspoken in the business of female* politicians. The performance dissects historical speech acts, shifts rhetorical virtuosity to the dancing body and choreographs the voice as a battleground for political representation.

Even listening is neither neutral nor objective. In Western political history, the female body has to this day been equated with dangerous tendencies such as unruly and irrationality, and has been resented as a threat to the patriarchal order (Anne Carson). All the more reason to celebrate the female speakers who did not engage in artificially constructed oppositions between language and voice, order and chaos, restraint and sprawl, masculine and feminine or mind and body and who developed rhetorical strategies that defied binary listening habits. 

With hoofed foot dances, the performers delve into the absurdity of Western political history, gathering word ammunition for ongoing battles and exercising a destabilizing tone. With its rhythmic dances and noisy-musical speeches, Time out of Joint mobilizes Rosa Luxemburg's "tactics of tactlessness" as a choreographic principle. 

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event. Therefore, if you find out after you have purchased your ticket that the performance is no longer accessible to you, you can contact us for a ticket return at or 030 27 89 00 45 until 5 business days after the event (Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm).


  • ca. 90 Minuten


  • English, German, Italian, Hindi
  • Recordings of political speakers in different spoken languages.


  • The stage is surrounded on two sides by grandstands. 


  • Frequent changes between light and dark.
  • The lighting situation is basically kept rather bright.
  • Light sources with neon tubes in different colours (red, green, blue) hang from the ceiling on all four sides of the stage. Two of the light sources hang above each of the first rows of seats.
  • In the centre of the stage, a light object with neon tubes hangs from the ceiling, swaying slightly back and forth several times in the play.
  • At several moments there are rapid changes of light and flickering light.


  • Multiple use of sudden popping sounds as well as recordings of speeches and applause.
  • Multiple on and off ticking metronome sounds with varying timing.
  • From the second half of the piece, selective use of loud feedback noises as well as tapping and scraping noises through the microphone. A few times the microphone falls loudly to the floor.
  • From the second half of the piece onwards, increasing overlapping of noises and sounds until they mix into a drone and can be felt haptically as vibrations across the stand.
  • In the last third of the performance, mainly whispered speaking.


  • The overlapping of sounds and their development into a droning noise creates an ominous atmosphere at the appropriate point.

Other effects

  • At one point in the last third there is smoke on one side of the stage.

Audience area

  • Audience area mainly lit
  • There are two seated grandstands in the auditorium, facing each other in parallel. The stage is located between the two grandstands.
  • 2 beanbag seats bookable subject to availability
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability
  • At the beginning, the performers sit spread out in the audience. They act there one after the other and suddenly begin to speak from the audience.
  • Several times the performers come close to the audience.
  • In one scene the audience is asked to chant a slogan several times.
  • In another scene, individuals from the audience are directly addressed with a question and a request for an answer.

Early Boarding

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.


  • Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm-6pm
  • Via the online ticket shop
  • At the box office

You can also find more information about accessibility here.

JULE FLIERL wants to shake up the relationship between seeing and hearing: What you see is not always what you hear, and what you hear is not always what you see. Jule is fascinated by how notions of the body change specific to context and that the voice as a technology of the self is always finding new relationships to the body. Jule graduated from SEAD-Salzburg, EXERCE Montpellier and is continuously studying the "Lichtenberg Method". As a dancer she has worked with Meg Stuart, Tino Sehgal, Martin Nachbar, Gintersdorfer/Klassen and Anna Nowicka among others. 

CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY Jule Flierl CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Sonya Levin, Parvathi R., Maria Walser, Mariagiulia Serantoni DRAMATURGY Luise Meier SOUND, RESEARCH Edka Jarząb STAGE DESIGN Vera Pulido LIGHT DESIGN Sandra E. Blatterer COSTUMES Giulia Paolucci PRODUCTION Alexandra Wellensiek

A production by Jule Flierl in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, ICI-Centre chorégraphique national Montpellier Occitanie / Direction Christian Rizzo in the framework of the residency program accueil-studio (Montpellier), Maison de la culture d'Amiens (Amiens), CFB (Berlin). Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin and Fonds Transfabrik, a German-French fund for the performing arts. Jule Flierl is supported in the program apap – FEMINIST FUTURES co-financed by the Creative Europe Program of the EU. Media partner: taz.