Sophiensæle 23/24


The programme 23/24 of Sophiensæle starts on 07.12.2023

On 7.12.2023, after urgently needed renovation work, the 2023/2024 season will begin at the Sophiensaele under the new artistic direction of Andrea Niederbuchner and Jens Hillje. We will publish the programme for the opening and the season on 26.10.2023, which is also the day when the pre-sale begins.

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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 5-20 January 2024. 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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Leisure & Pleasure Maria F. Scaroni Influencer dance Movement class, dignity and resilience practice, interoception and expression, done with others

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May 29 | 10.00 - 12.00
May 30 31 | 14.00 - 16.00

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  • This is a queer space, we respect everybody and make an effort to not making assumptions about people.
  • No specific skill is required. 
  • BUDDY_If you prefer to exchange energy with someone you know, come with a buddy!
  • THE EDGES_you are welcome to also come and hang out at the edges, writing or knitting or doing your taxes. I like to encourage hybrid spaces, it’s beautiful to work or sleep in a room full of dancers.


  • Bring comfortable clothes, come barefoot or with indoor shoes.
  • No shower available.

Poetic Intro: Dancing appears to me as the centerpiece to hold the holes together, a place where it is easier to accept another and cultivate curiosity for the possible physical and metaphysical shapes. Dance is awesome, a state of awe, where we can hold the complexity of our identities, yet dissolve or blur into a raw aliveness. Dancing allows for both discomfort and joy, the sweet spot between grievance and celebration. As a personal and collective energetic hygiene project, dancing can be a powerful medicine, giving permission to sift through our impulses, historical and daily absorptions and impacts, to press out what we swallowed, yet, where is it appropriate to make unorthodox shapes perceptual sorceries heretic playgrounds of the monstrous between subconscious suppression desire to un-become and digest the head with the rest of the body spilling imploding to acknowledge the miracle of another living being and accept our own distortion for they are what we are, dancing as politics of loss, a fugitive state, a prayer, just being, not alone not alone not alone, to get around to love tenderness and again and again loosing syntax making meaning?

What’s the practice: Born digital during pandemic and re-adapted to analogue, Influencer Dance is a hybrid between Authentic Movement practice and dance-play with an attitude, dispelling influencer culture, in favor of IRL mutual with-nessing. The session is made of a warm up centering a movement principle, a system or an image to get us started in our felt sense, supporting the access to movement, followed by an alternating between dancing with eyes closed or open and witnessing with direct or indirect looking, close or afar. It is done in pairs. This practice widens the habits of witnessing. De-prioritizing the visual, we get to practice witnessing kinesthetically, vibing, echoing and ultimately addressing each other directly. The witness is under the influence of a dance. The dancer is unconditionally accepted. Dance is acknowledged as an energy that shapes us, unbecoming authors to become hosts of a dance. We close with a brief verbal or written reflection to integrate.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event.


  • 2 hours
  • There will be a short break accommodating needs in the room.


  • English spoken language


  • There will be music with a beat which is played at a mid-high volume.


  • It starts with a brief verbal exchange, and a guided warm up with the option of one’s own warm up for the first hour.
  • In the second hour there is a 30 min instructed practice followed by an integration, verbal or resting.


  • In the second part of the session people are asked to witness another person move, not exclusively visually, but cultivating kinesthetic empathy.
  • No particular requirements: The practice is about own's own shape-making with breath, gestures, and emerging impulses.
  • People are invited to inhabit the practice and the room as they feel most comfortable with.

Space access specification can be found here.

If you have doubts or questions about an injury or physical access or space access, you can contact Maria

Maria F. Scaroni (IT/DE) is a dance artist, living in Berlin since 2004. She creates and interprets choreographic works rooted in improvisational practices and altered states of consciousness. Maria hosts workshops re-purposing post-modern dance legacies towards technologies for mutual empowerment, crossbreeding somatic practices and anti-oppression frameworks, storytelling and theory, to bring somatic literacy in support of a culture of connection. Maria performs in Meg Stuart’s works, with whom she collaborates since 2009. Since 2016 she is a member of queer collective lecken berlin, a femme forward rave. Since pandemic she is hosting Social Pleasure Center, a community space for somatic post-activism, queer feminist joyful militancy, radical redistribution of resources and temporary social choreography.

BY AND WITH Maria F. Scaroni

The festival Leisure & Pleasure is funded by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung, Spreedruck.