Rita Mazza
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July 28 29 30
Video on Demand
Online | Eintritt frei

After experiences in the European deaf performance community, Rita Mazza now presents her first choreographic work at Sophiensæle. Entering the stage as a playground, she explores the combination of dance and sign language movements and creates a whole new form of visual poetry. >>CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

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Tomorrow | 00:00 - 23:59
Ania Nowak
Inflammations_c_Anu Czerwiński
July 29 30 31
August 01
Video Performance

Vulnerability becomes a catalyst for a new body, language and care economy: Starting from the question of what expectations we have of hyperfunctional bodies on stage and in everyday life, the video work demands a place for unstable bodies - with all their risks and potentials, in the artistic field as well as in society.

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Jess Thom
Biscuits Without Borders + Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic
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July 28 29 30 31

Jess Thom's Lecture Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic and her talk Biscuits Without Borders with Noa Winter are now available as videos on demand. Both events took place during the performance festival Risk and Resilience in October 2020. >> WATCH VIDEOS HERE

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July 28 29 30 31
August 01

The Tanzscout team invites you to this AUDIO Tune-in & COLLAGE Wrap-up, with which we continue to connect dance pieces and audience members online.

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July 30 | 16.00
July 30 31 | 19.00
Website | 15/10 €

A special and intimate audio journey of fragile beauty: for her documentary work, Raquel Meseguer Zafe has collected over 300 stories of people who, like herself, depend on lying down and resting in public spaces.

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July 31 | 11.00 - 15.00
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Accessibility is not only a human right, but an even more exciting creative tool: Rachel Bagshaw and Sophie Woolley share their experiences in the creative use of captioning and present some exercises to help other arts professionals in their own use and style development of captioning.

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August 01 | 18.00
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A digital conversation on Zoom with the artists of the productions Inflammations, A Crash Course in Cloudspotting, and The Shape of the Pain: They will address navigating an often ableist art sector and share what working methods and aesthetics they have developed.

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Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz
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August 05 | 19.30

Together with Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz and Open Air Neukölln at Freiluftkino Hasenheide we would like to invite you to the premiere of DOOM (THE MOVIE).

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James Batchelor + Collaborators
An Evening-length Performance
August 12 13 14 15 | 19.00
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
August 13 | 16.00
August 13 | 17.30
August 13 | 19.00
August 13 | 20.30

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
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
August 19 20 21 22 | 19.00
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
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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
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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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Cripping the Pain
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Pain is rarely a subject on stage. The focus CRIPPING THE PAIN, which could not take place in June 2020 due to the pandemic and is now being rescheduled in digital form, presents artistic works, workshops and conversations that give space to this complexity and defy dominant ableist perceptions of the body.

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Coming of Age
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© Jan Grygoriew

Age is just a number - nevertheless, we can't get around aging. In the midst of debates about climate change, identity politics and body images, it is time to renegotiate long outdated generational contracts. Thus, not only the recent pandemic has demonstrated that questions about responsibilities and solidarity have to be asked again. The performance festival COMING OF AGE, which will take place from September 15 to November 7 at the Sophiensæle, is dedicated to various aspects of aging in society - and looks at the different challenges of a phenomenon that affects us all.

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© Dorothea Tuch
book presentation on zoom
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in German

Postcolonialism, decolonization and identity politics are on everyone's lips. These buzzwords and discourses are being used to fight over resources, access, and interpretive sovereignty. But beyond the staged fronts of the debates, how can their inherent contradictions and local derivations be discussed productively? Is universalism passé forever? How do we capture non-Western imperialism? And what, please, is the difference between decolonial and postcolonial?

In the fall of 2019, curator Julian Warner invited art mediator Nora Sternfeld, protest researcher Olga Reznikova, and cultural anthropologist Rohit Jain to a symposium as part of the After Europe festival at Sophiensæle to discuss central concepts and issues in these discourses. A nuanced dispute unfolded in which open discussion, rather than immediate determination, was the order of the day. Now an edited version of this discussion has been published by Verbrecher Verlag. Time for a review and an outlook.

ROHIT JAIN is a social anthropologist, artistic researcher and cultural activist from Bern. In 2014, he completed his PhD at the University of Zurich on the transnational representational politics of Swiss-Indian Second@s between assimilation, exoticism and diaspora. He has also researched and published on racism and humor on television, the de-colonization of cultural institutions, and cultural participation. Rohit Jain has participated in artistic research projects at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) on the aesthetics of agglomeration (2014) and on the Swiss gold trade (2016), was part of the expert group in the project Die Ganze Welt in Zürich at the Shedhalle Zürich (2016/2017), and was jointly responsible for the resulting anti-racist happening series Salon Bastarde. He is co-founder of the Berner Rassismusstammtisch and member of the network Institut Neue Schweiz INES.

OLGA REZNIKOVA is a cultural anthropologist. She studied first at the St. Petersburg Institute for Jewish Studies and then at the LMU Munich. After graduating with a degree in European Ethnology (2012), she worked as a research assistant at LMU and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, including in the DFG project Urban Ethics. From 2015 to 2020, she completed her PhD in Göttingen on the topic of workers’ protests in Russia, for which she ethnographically accompanied a truckers’ strike near Moscow for several years. She publishes journalistic and academic articles on feminism, racism, protest culture and anti-Semitism in Russian, German and English.

JULIAN WARNER works transdisciplinary as a cultural anthropologist in the fields of curation, music, performance art and science. He is artistic director of the festival of the cultural region Stuttgart 2022 and curator for the performancefestival Spielart (Munich). Under the alias Fehler Kuti he publishes discourse pop. He was a performer of various essay-performances by Oliver Zahn as well as dramaturg and ethnographer of Anta Helena Recke's Schwarzkopie Mittelreich. As a research assistant he worked at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology at the Georg-August-University Göttingen and is co-editor with Elisa Liepsch of the anthology ALLIANZEN - Kritische Praxis an weißen Institutionen. As part of HAUPTAKTION, he co-edited the volume Texte zur Turnkunst with Hannah Saar and Oliver Zahn at Verbrecher Verlag 2020.

With Rohit Jain, Olga Reznikova, Julian Warner