Programme
Vanessa Stern
Gebeine. Die Frieda, die ich meine
Ursula Maria_HP
September 16-30
October 01-31
November 01-07
Eintritt frei

Eleven old women remember Frieda in eleven short films. They all tell the truth, but each one knows something different. >> Watch online here.

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Ahh (Golschan Ahmad Haschemi/ Banafshe Hourmazdi)
Ok boomer
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September 18 19 20 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

OK boomer is a queered gala of superlatives, a musical revue and intergenerational chart show that rubs up against feminist discourses. AHH take us on a time travel que(e)r through the decades of pop discourse!

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Ursula Martinez
A Family Outing - 20 Years On
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September 24 25 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In this touchingly funny restaging of the show A Family Outing, performer and stand-up icon Ursula Martinez confronts the question of what happens to us as time moves forward in a frank conversation with her mother.

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Jaha Koo / Campo
The History of Korean Western Theatre
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September 24 25 | 21.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Jaha Koo takes on the question of how lost theater traditions can find new meaning in a humorous social analysis. Between documentary theater and performance, he exchanges ideas for this with his grandmother, his newborn son and a rice stove. 

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Sheena McGrandles
Dawn: A musical on reproduction
DAWN_Michiel Keuper HP
September 25 26 | 14.00
September 25 26 | 19.30
Tickets
15/10 €

In an experimental musical, Sheena McGrandles and a collective of Berlin artists explore different perspectives on parenthood and the symbolic power of the child. Concert, spoken word and performance combine to create a multi-layered and humorous artistic work. 

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
Like Daughter, Like Mother
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October 02 03 04 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

The path to reconciling family and career is still a long one - Olivia Hyunsin Kim has nevertheless chosen motherhood. Through her relationship with her mother and her newly born daughter, she takes a close look at societal expectations and, at the same time, humorously takes aim at them. 

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Marjani Forté-Saunders/ 7NMS
Memoirs of a...Unicorn
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October 07 08 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In her triple Bessie award-winning solo Memoirs of a... Unicorn, Marjani Forté-Saunders pays tribute to the "unicorns" of her life and community. A performance about Black masculinities, magic, resilience and political resistance.

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Interrobang
Deep Godot
Interrobang_DeepGodot_FotoLiamHuang_HP
October 09 10 13-17
October 09 10 | 16.00
October 09 10 | 17.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 18.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 19.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 20.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 21.00
Tickets
15/10 €

Interrobang makes the ambivalences of artificial intelligence tangible for the audience! Through microphone and headphones, each audience member communicates with the AI DEEP GODOT in an one-on-one booth and negotiates personal, medical and philosophical issues. 

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Samara Hersch and Company
Body of Knowledge
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October 14 15 16 17 | 11.30
October 15 16 | 22.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10€

In an intergenerational phone conversation with eight Australian teenagers, audience members engage in a moving dialogue about physicality, sexuality, desire, shame, and fears for the future.

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Siegmar Zacharias & Steve Heather
Re-Generation
Waves_4_HP
October 18 | 20.00
Tickets

How can we be different together? Re-Generation invites you to a listening session with your whole body. Together, listeners connect through sound mediations to create shared resonant spaces.

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Doris Uhlich
Tank
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October 20 21 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10€

Trapped in a glass TANK, Doris Uhlich evokes cinematic, robotic and medical associations and enters into a captivating, almost cinematic exploration of the body as a field of experimentation. 

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Cora Rudy van Dongen Frost/ Franz Reimer
Sogar dein Tod war ein Geschenk
Walter Pressefoto 2_HP
October 21 22 23 | 21.00
October 22 23 24 | 18.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

This evening tells the story of the friendship between Cora Frost and Walter Ladengast, the actor, lyricist, painter, photographic artist and neighbor from Cora's childhood days. We listen to his voice and watch as his paintings and photographs form a slow film of his life. 

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Stages of Ageing
October 25 26 | 19.00
October 27 | 10.00 - 15.00
Eintritt frei

Stages of Ageing - the discourse programme of the Coming of Age festival takes a look at those needs in old age(s), that have so far been neglected in our society and in the structures of the independent theatre scene.

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25 Jahre SOPHIENSÆLE
Saelebrations_c_Jan Grygoriew_HP
October 29 | 18.00
Feast
Various Locations |

The Sophiensæle theater is turning 25 and our festival Tanztage Berlin can also look back on its 25th anniversary and its 30th edition. That's why we are celebrating everything together on October 29: The Sophiensæle, the Tanztage Berlin and the book launch of our anniversary publication OPENINGS.

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Corinne Maier
Die Zufügung
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October 30 31 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

Corinne Maier presents a gripping lecture performance on the subject of age and aging with text fragments by the exceptional author Gerlind Reinshagen, improvisations by the performer and the music of Elvis Presley.

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Lajos Talamonti
Alter Hase
Alter Hase_c_HP
November 04 05 06 07 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10€

Five former dancers look back on the time of their common classical artistic imprint. In a last joint dance they make the rigid structures of classical dance pliable and tell of life as an often surprising school, the method of which everyone has to invent anew for themselves every day.

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Coming of Age
Coming of Age_Grafik 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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KRISTINA + KAROLINA DREIT, ANNA TRZPIS-MCLEAN Fashionshow: Working Class Daughters

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Installation
2021 September 04 05 | 17.00 - 22.00
Hof der Sophiensaele
In German

The audio part of the installation as well as the audio description can be listened to via your own smartphone and headphones. Alternatively, players and headphones are available for use. Please register on site with our evening service. Following the live installation, Fashion Show: Working Class Daughters will be available as an online installation from September 6-13.

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.

The installation consists of an exhibition as well as an audio piece and an audio description in German language. The audio piece lasts 35 minutes. The audio description lasts 12 minutes. Both can be listened to via your own smartphone and headphones. Alternatively, players and headphones are available on-site. There will also be seating in the form of stools. Please get in touch with our evening service in case you have any questions. If you have any questions in advance, please feel free to contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

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. annatrzpismclean.com

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