Programme
Today | 19:00
Thorsten Lensing
Verrückt nach Trost
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October 07 08 09 | 19.00
Tickets
Theatre
Festsaal | 28/18 €

The children Charlotte and Felix emerge from the sea and play as their dead parents on the beach. It's a ritual the two have been practicing for years. In memory of their parents' wild exuberance, they put sunscreen on their backs and tickle each other until they can hardly breathe. For brief moments,all sadness falls away from them. Again and again, however, the different needs of the two ten- and eleven-year-old siblings break into the game.

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen
Let‘s J̶u̶s̶t̶ Be Friends
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October 13 14 15 | 19.00
October 16 | 17.00
Tickets
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In Let's Just Be Friends, Simone Dede Ayivi interviews people who live their friendships as a feminist counter-concept to family businesses or marriages: Friends who do projects together or take on responsibilities for each other that are usually attributed to the close family context or romantic relationships between two people.

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James Batchelor & Collaborators
Shortcuts to Familiar Places
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October 17 18 19 20 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Shortcuts to Familiar Places, James Batchelor creates a personal performance about the body as a site of historical and choreographic inscription.

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Company Christoph Winkler
Radical Minimal
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October 20 21 | 19.30
Tickets
15/10 €

With Radical Minimal, the Berlin-based Company Christoph Winkler explores the radical potential of minimal music and contemporary dance. In three choreographies, the team reinterprets three well-known pieces of minimal music: Come Out by Steve Reich, Coming Together by Frederic Rzewski and Stay on it by Julius Eastman.

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Lois Alexander
Yeye
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October 22 25 | 20.00
October 23 | 18.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Lois Alexander explores the afterlife of slavery and the reverberations on our present.Yeye explores memory, traces and notions of a motherland, moving through different levels of video, text and performance.

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Lois Alexander
BIPoC-only*: Yeye
BIPOC-ONLY (1)
October 24 | 20.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Lois Alexander explores the afterlife of slavery and the reverberations on our present.Yeye explores memory, traces and notions of a motherland, moving through different levels of video, text and performance.

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Anna Natt
Queering Nosferatu
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October 27 28 29 | 20.00
October 30 | 18.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In her new performance, Anna Natt, together with experimental musician Robert Curgenven, examines the vampire figure of Nosferatu for its queerness.

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Hausführung
Hausführung
October 28 | 17.00
Tickets
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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Judith Förster
HORIZON PROBLEMS
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November 02 03 04 05 | 20.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In her 1974 science fiction novel The Dispossessed, Ursula Le Guin describes an ambivalent social utopia that makes political ideas such as anarchism, socialism and capitalism tangible. HORIZON PROBLEMS is dedicated to this multi-layered scenario and makes it experienceable from a queer-feminist perspective with the means of contemporary dance. The bodies on stage challenge and nourish each other, play, and exploit – a microcosm of solos and imperfect unison.

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Michelle Moura
Lessons for cadavers
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November 12 14 15 | 20.00
November 13 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

We live in the midst of horror and we are used to it. Houses freezing without heating, forests on fire, families running across the border while others go shopping. Michelle Moura, part of the Tanzplattform 2022, approaches the physical language of horror – its exaggeration and hyperbole – to reflect the present. Three dancers move through life and death, wonder and laughter, violence and fragility in a magical, grotesque realm.

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Henrike Iglesias
FLAMES TO DUST
November 16 17 18 19 | 19.00
November 17 18 | 21.00
November 19 | 17.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Henrike Iglesias are back and celebrating their 10th anniversary! FLAMES TO DUST is a show about finality and mourning, endings and loops and loops and endings. An interactive composition for 30 smartphones as well as their users, a few skulls, artificial rain and approximately two performers. Together we ask ourselves: Why do all good things come to an end (end)? And what if we could always start over again?

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hannsjana
Die Steuer-Erklärung
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November 22 23 24 25 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The tax return is THE big community-building financial event of the year! But frustration is inevitable: too time-consuming, too complicated, too bureaucratic. With a grand glamorous gesture and together with a group of magpies, hannsjana turns the tax return into a manifesto for a society based on solidarity. In an entertaining and
humorous revue, the performance collective takes a feminist look at bureaucratic overload.

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Caroline Creutzburg + René Alejandro Huari Mateus
Die Vielhundertjährigen
November 26 29 30 | 19.00
November 27 | 17.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Back to the future: In Die Vielhundertjährigen, the audience is contacted by the only contemporary witnesses of a long-gone division between the biological and the digital. These people, several hundred years old, are now inhabitants of a post-digital world. Based on fantasies and wishes for the world, the ensemble, ranging in age from 65 to 87, create their own science fiction narrative.

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Nadja Buttendorf
Robotron
November 27 | 19.00
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Within the framework of Die Vielhunderjährigen will be a film-screening of Robotron – A Tech Opera - the first soap opera set in the computer industry of the GDR and deals with computer development in a planned economy and everyday life in East Germany. A talk with the artist will follow.

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Tomi Paasonen
Pas de Q
December 01 02 03 | 20.00
December 04 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Pas de Q enters the classical ballet world to turn choreographic forms and traditions upside down and reinvent them. A queer ensemble of male and non-binary dancers
pushes movement, dance and queer aesthetics to the extreme. In a utopian science fiction world, the team fuses drag art and pointe dance into a labyrinth of imaginative perversions, beyond morality and shame. 

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Enad Marouf
In My Hand a Word
December 09 10 | 20.00
December 10 | 17.00
December 11 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In the scenic adaptation of his own text, the Syrian-German performance and video artist Enad Marouf deals with loss from a queer perspective: the loss of family, home and relationships, but also that of meaning and language. The audience enters a place where fragments overlap. Two figures move through scenes whose internal coherence continues to unravel through memories, anecdotes, and associative references.

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Jelena Stefanoska & Saša Asentić
Жизела / Giselle
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December 17 18 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Жизела / Giselle uses dance and language to explore the similarities and differences between the artist Jelena Stefanoska and the tragic ballet character Giselle. The piece tells of the need to love and be loved – and, above all, of the desire and feeling to live a life with dignity.

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Performance
2021 November 10 11 12 13 | 19.30
Hochzeitssaal
in German

After the performance on November 11, there will be a post-show discussion (in German) with Markus&Markus and the artistic director of Sophiensæle Franziska Werner in Hochzeitssaal.

Dear program readers, we are very happy to write to you today. In previous times we have built up pen-pal relationships with people who are in lifelong lockdown - in prison. Together with them we have worked on this production, to which we cordially invite you today. We have missed you. Best wishes and take care, your Markus&Markus Theaterkollektiv

Penthesilea, Judith, Clytemnestra, Medea, Lady Macbeth. Night after night, we let ourselves be sprinkled by their acts of violence enjoying the drama, murder and killing. If they were not trapped in Reclam books, they would probably be in prison. There, the Markus&Markus theater collective tracked down the - very real - protagonists of this evening for their new play and began to write them letters. The result is a pen-pal relationship with women who have been convicted of murder. In their inimitable form of documentary theater, which does not claim to be true to reality, Markus&Markus, together with their pen-pals, create an evening of theater that poses questions about humanity - and about second chances - in a new way.

The performance approximately 90 minutes without intermission. Knowledge of German written and spoken language is required for comprehension. The lighting situation in the auditorium is rather dark throughout. The play is suitable for an audience of 14 years and older. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair spaces and one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop, if available. Accessibility information is updated on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

MARKUS&MARKUS is a theater collective founded in 2011 by students of scenic arts in Hildesheim. The group consists of Lara-Joy Bu-es, Katarina Eckold, Markus Schäfer and Markus Schmans. Together the collective stands for an original form of documentary theater, passionate investment and radical lack of perfection. The works are characterized by intensive research, the results of which are captured on the video level, forming an elementary building block of the productions. However, the collective is not concerned with depicting a reality in documentary form and explaining the world - instead, the theatrical context is crucial for accessing reality.

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concept, realization Lara-Joy Bues, Katarina Eckold, Markus Schäfer, Markus Schmans stage, costume CassidyAndTheKid lighting design Anahí Pérez VOICES Marie Jordan, Ronja Losert, Laura Naumann DRAWINGS Rosanna Merklin Thanks to Amber, April, Lisa-Jo, Maureen, Milishia

A production of Markus&Markus Theaterkollektiv in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, LOT Braunschweig, Pavillon Hannover, ROXY Birsfelden, Theater Rampe Stuttgart and Lichthof Theater Hamburg. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, MWK Niedersachsen, Stiftung Niedersachsen, the Friedrich Weinhagen Foundation and the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.