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
TurboPascal_Grafik_Janina Janke_HP
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
Show Business_c_Flavio Karrer_HP
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 Show Business
September 01 | 19.00

The Tanzscout Tune-In offers a playful and creative engagement with the subject of the performance Show Business.

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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
Julia_n Meding_c_Teta Marie Carangi und Julia_n Meding_HP
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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Coming of Age
Coming of Age_Festival_HP
© Jan Grygoriew

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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© Dorothea Tuch
book presentation on zoom
Eintritt frei
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