Today | 16:00
Imagining futures: what if?
DISKUSSION Imagining Futures
May 20 | 16.00
Festsaal-Foyer/online | Eintritt frei

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Imagining Futures brought together twelve innovative performing arts festivals for a pan-European experiment – a future-focused and predominantly female peer network that offered participating festival directors and artists a deep listening space and a moment to be together, think together, and dream of different futures.

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Today | 17:30 - 21:30
Bodies of Care
May 20 | 17.30 - 21.30
May 21 | 15.30 - 20.00
Festsaal-Foyer | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 15:30 - 15:45
Bodies of Care: Togetherness
May 21 | 15.30 - 15.45
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 16:00 - 16:30
Bodies of Care: The Skin Creature
May 21 | 16.00 - 16.30
Participatory Performance
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Kareth Schaffer
Question of Belief
May 26 27 28 29 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Question of Belief, choreographer Kareth Schaffer addresses the demons of today’s world: Between actionism and laziness, distraction and apathy, the performers Mădălina Dan and Manon Parent fight their way through stage designer Dan Lancea's inflating stage landscape.

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Josephine Findeisen
Working Class Dance Group
May 27 | 18.00
15/10 €

Working Class Dance Group shows a working state of an ongoing research on class structures. The dancers revisit historical, female-proletarian perspectives and investigate the intersections of class, gender and the body.

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Lea Sherin Kübler + Soraya Reichl & Ensemble
Remember Now!
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June 03 04 05 | 14.00
June 03 04 05 | 17.00

Based on debates about the toppling of statues as well as the renaming of street names and an accompanying new examination of memory culture, the youth projekt invite you to a performative and interactive audio walk. 

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Terrestrial transit - kick off
June 03 04 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The interdisciplinary project Terrestrial Transit deals with the activist practice of artistic intervention, which is gaining importance again in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe, in view of the strengthening of right-wing authoritarian regimes. The work of the dance company CRANKY BODIES a/company, founded in August 2020 by Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper, refers in particular to political forms of protest in the tradition of Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art before the fall of the Wall.


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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
History has failed us, but…
History has failed us but_Foto_Mayra Wallraff_web
June 09 10 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

History has failed us, but... deals with physical forms of protest and searches for a solidary togetherness while taking into account different bodies. Which narratives and images of resistance are remembered - and how are they told?

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Kiana Rezvani
Cyber Ghosts
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June 11 | 20.00
June 12 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

The Sophiensæle are happy to be able to catch up this summer with the work of Kiana Rezvani from the Tanztage Berlin 2022 programme, which could not be presented during the festival in January due to the pandemic.

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Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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June 17 20-24 27 28 29 30 | 20.45 - 21.45
17,17 €

A dreamlike journey on a rowing boat: time to slow down and question the concept of a productive life.

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Vanessa Stern
Die Rache der Panda-Pussies
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June 21 23 24 25 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The Panda Pussies bring an inclusive, cross-generational gender theater to the stage – in the best anarchic Schlingensief tradition, with music and intelligent racket.

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Sommerfest_Hof_c_Sofia Popp_HP
June 22 | 18.00

This year we want to continue our old tradition: we celebrate the Sophiensæle summer festival - without any drama! 

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Every new year, the Tanztage Berlin is not only the city's very first festival, it has also established itself nationally and internationally as an important platform for emerging dance artists since its founding in 1996. The next edition of Tanztage Berlin will once again take place under the artistic direction of Mateusz Szymanówka. The festival is currently planned for 5-21 January 2023 - however, the form as well as the exact date will depend on the constant reassessment of the pandemic. The festival offers emerging dance artists based in Berlin a framework for their new productions and revivals. The programme of the last two editions can be found at:

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2021 May 26 | 15.00
2021 May 27 28 29 30
2021 September 06-12
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The radio play combines the interview material with an audio description of the setting, which was build in the Sophiensæle courtyard on September 04 and 05, 2021 and can now be viewed in the picture gallery in a series of photos.

A car stands there. Trunk open. The radio is playing. Women* and queers are talking. And they talk about class. Based on interviews, the installation Fashionshow: Working Class Daughters negotiates questions of class, gender and migration. In the process, one's own role as, among other things, a working class academic is reflected upon - and almost incidentally, intersectionality and links to other identity and structural categories are revealed. The installation is based on a previous performance and the T-shirt collection specially designed for it, and takes up images of Eastern European markets and informal trade. It subtly refers to a current phenomenon in which so-called "work-wear" finds its way into high-fashion contexts.

What's classy if you're rich, but trashy if you're poor?

* Working Class Daughters refers to women as all those who self-identify and/or are read as such and are structurally discriminated as women. That doesn't have to say anything about the gender identity of each individual person.

WORKING CLASS DAUGHTERS is a cycle of work on the interconnections of class, gender and migration that Kristina Dreit, Karolina Dreit, Anna Trzpis-Mclean have been working on since 2018. Based on (their own) post-Soviet migratory experiences and a long friendship and sisterhood, they are especially interested in (biographical) stories that remain invisible or hardly find a voice, as well as historical and current references to labor and labor struggles.

KRISTINA DREIT, *1988 in Krupskoje/Kazakhstan, studied scenic arts in Hildesheim and Zurich as well as at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and works on performative settings as director, dramaturge, artist.

KAROLINA DREIT,*1984 in Karabulak/Kazakhstan, is a sociologist with passion. She has turned her back on the university and is active in artistic, collective and political contexts and works as a cultural worker and teacher. She works on feminist and intersectional perspectives on class and labor.

ANNA TRZPIS-MCLEAN, *1984, Mielec/Poland, studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach am Main and works as a designer in the fields of stage design, object, space and drawing.

CONCEPT Kristina Dreit, Karolina Dreit DRAMATURGY INTERVIEWS Karolina Dreit INTERVIEW GUIDANCE Karolina Dreit, Kristina Dreit SCENOGRAPHY Anna Trzpis-McLean SUPPORT SOUND, EDIT Valentin Peitz audio description Simone Detig, Gerald Pirner

The production was created with the support of Frankfurt Lab as part of a 2019 residency. Thanks to everyone we were allowed to interview. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung