Tomorrow | 20:00
Olympia Bukkakis
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February 02 03 04 | 20.00
February 05 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

replay investigates the formal relationships between movement and sound in pop, classical music, opera and drag. Drawing on her own biography, Olympia Bukkakis and her rebellious back up dancers raise questions about class and cultural hierarchies.

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February 03 | 17.00
Various Locations | 5 €

If you want to get to know the history of Sophiensæle, join one of our guided tours. Regular guided tours are in German. English guided tours are available for groups of five people or more.

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Cora Frost/Rudy van Dongen/Peter Frost & Friends
Insel der Orgeln
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February 11 | 20.00
February 12 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Insel der Orgeln (Island of Organs) is a happening of dance, music, performance and installation and searches for experienced, repressed and dreamed concepts of life and survival. On the island, travelers bring together terrible and promising life stories to the polyphony of the organs in order to invoke the question of the healing power of the social family of choice.

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Alexandre Achour, Angela Alves, Diana Anselmo, Saša Asentić, Marko Bašica, Rita Mazza, Auro Orso, Perel & Dalibor Šandor
Dis Contact
February 15 17 19 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Kontakthof by Pina Bausch is one of the most famous works of contemporary dance. In 2018, artist Dalibor Šandor wondered why Bausch never actually made a version with disabled artists. Dis Contact is a new work by artists belonging to communities and cultures that are systematically oppressed in the world where Kontakthof has a prominent status.

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Eva Meyer-Keller
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February 26 | 18.00
February 27 28 | 20.00
March 01 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In OUT OF MIND Eva Meyer-Keller and her accomplices develop choreographic approaches to what we call consciousness and experience. She takes neuroscientific approaches as a starting point to undertake a dive into a slippery terrain of uncertainties and turns the theater space into an experimental laboratory in which more-thanhuman performers enter the scene as well.

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Jule Flierl
Time out of Joint
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March 08 09 10 11 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Time out of Joint is a grotesque variety show of political speeches and a virtuously cacophonous concert of feminist struggles of the 20th century. Applying the tactic of tactlessness, utterances by historically influential female* speakers are dissected, distorted and recomposed. Dancing bodies explore rhetorical strategies as questions of rhythmic (re)arrangement and make voice audible as the battlefield of political representation.

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Ist die deutsche Theaterwissenschaft (post)kolonial?
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March 11 | 18.00
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What does the demand for a “decolonization of the University” mean for German-language theater studies? What could a post- or decolonial Theater Science look like in research and teaching? Together with contributors from the anthology Theaterwissenschaft postkolonial/decolonial, the editors Azadeh Sharifi and Lisa Skwirblies want to explore these questions.

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Vanessa Stern & Team
ToFuR® – Theater ohne Furcht und Reichweite
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March 16 18 | 20.00
March 19 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Vanessa Stern has lost her way. She cried out bravely: “Social media, you are my enemy!” and founded a knighthood (complete with cute ponies) to go into battle against the dark forces of Reach and Attention. Theater without clicks and shares and likes! Be there when no one is following us! Another world is possible.

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Claire Vivianne Sobottke
à mort – Ein choreografischer Liederzyklus für drei Stimmen
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March 22 23 24 25 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

à mort is a performative-musical exploration of processes of domination, dying and killing. Excessive scenes of destruction emerge in a memento mori inspired installation of natural and artificial materials. The female voice emerges as a powerful physical presence in a dying world, challenging the grotesque human desire for dominance.

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Hendrik Quast
Spill your guts
March 31 | 19.00
April 01 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For his project, Hendrik Quast learns the art of ventriloquism in order to approach the chronic inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis artistically. In conversation with the disease, new ways of speaking and images of chronic illness emerge, opening up unusual spaces of humor for the ill and healthy audience.

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Tanztage Berlin 2023
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JANUAR 05 – 21

Hey, why do you look so tired? "Urgency culture" expects us to be connected and responsive constantly. There is little to no time left to imagine the world otherwise. Tanztage Berlin – a yearly festival highlighting the work of the city's emerging dance makers – is back to diagnose the present and predict the future. Its 32nd edition investigates our daily overstimulation and chronic fatigue by reflecting on how we move to the rhythm of today's high-speed, social media-driven reality and its challenges.

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Lea Sherin Kübler + Soraya Reichl & Ensemble Remember Now! A story of remembering each other | Youth project

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2022 June 03 04 05 | 14.00
2022 June 03 04 05 | 17.00
Start im Hof der Sophiensaele
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Who is remembered in urban space – and who is not? Who do we want to remember and in what ways can we do so? Based on debates about the toppling of statues as well as the renaming of street names and an accompanying new examination of memory culture, we invite you to a performative and interactive audio walk. The performers together with the audience appropriate the urban space to take a critical look at Berlin's places of remembrance. In dynamic scene collages they tell (hi)stories from a perspective of resistance.The project Remember Now! follows a theater pedagogical group process that was open to teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 27.The recordings of the audio walk were made in the spring of 2021 and, due to this, the content of individual sequences is not up to date.

The audio walk addresses colonial racist crimes and deals with anti-Semitic and racist acts and perpetrators. 

The audio walk in German spoken language takes about 1.5 hours. Steps or stairs do not occur or can be avoided. The majority of the approx. 3.5 km route is covered by walking, with standing interruptions. After about 30 minutes, it is possible to take a 10-minute break to sit down. In the further course there are two more possibilities for short sitting breaks. The route leads, among other things, through narrow, very busy streets with cobblestones (Sophienstrasse, Rosenthaler Strasse, Oranienburger Strasse) and over partly uneven gravel and meadow paths (Monbijoupark). There are two public pay toilets on the route. The auditory part is heard through radio headphones, the volume of which can be adjusted individually. Loud, surprise music occurs. The audio walk is recommended for people 16 years of age and older. For questions or more information, please contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35.


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LEA SHERIN KÜBLER deals with power-critical and diversity-sensitive perspectives as well as empowerment in her artistic work with young people. She has worked at the Goethe Centre Maputo, Teatro Avenida Mozambique, Tiempos Nuevos Teatro El Salvador, the World Children's Theatre Festival, Welthaus Bielefeld and Schauspiel Hannover.

SORAYA REICHL is a theatre pedagogue, performer and educational consultant from Berlin. Her work focuses on the artistic and political empowerment of young actors. She has worked at the Maxim Gorki Theatre, Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Sophiensaele, Parkaue, IN*VISION and Falken Berlin.

WITH Dounia Biedermann, Aminata Cisse, Somi Dubuque, Julia Espindola, Carla Hegnon, Puneh Nejati-Mehr, Gloria Odosi, Elina-Mariya Pantsyr, Lisa Pivovarov, Salina Seghmouti, Melissa Tosun, Sindi Zeneli PROJECT MANAGEMENT Lea Sherin Kübler, Soraya Reichl SOUND, COMPOSITION Robin Plenio FILM Kleber Nascimento DRAMATURGICAL CONTRIBUTION Joy Kristin Kalu

A production by Soraya Reichl and Lea Sherin Kübler supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, Schwarzer Volkshochschule des Bezirksamts Mitte and Bildungsteam Berlin-Brandenburg. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung