Melanie Jame Wolf

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FEBRUAR 11 – 24

Pop music often uses the little word TONIGHT in songs as a bittersweet promise. Humorously and with the proper rock star poses, Melanie Jame Wolf, together with Sheena McGrandles and Rodrigo Garcia Alves, gets to the bottom of this pop cultural poetics and its commercial exploitation.

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Sheena McGrandles
Figured + Flush

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FEBRUARY 20 | 19.00 PM | Premiere

In Figured and Flush, Sheena McGrandles explores radical temporality. With great attention to detail, Figured exposes the absurdity and artificiality of everyday gestures. Flush, following Gertrude Stein, breaks down linear and traditional forms of storytelling-perhaps even evoking a new lesbian temporality and aesthetic.

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          matthaei & konsorten DIE SUMPFGEBORENE

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          2020 September 16 17 | 19.00
          2020 September 19 20 | 17.00
          im Stadtraum

          In German

          Berlin has long been built on quagmire. Therefore, it is not surprising that some structures of today's Berlin have their blueprints in the baroque era - the allegedly grand old times, whose facades are being restored in a way that creates dramatic effects. matthaei & konsorten devote themselves to the humid, sweltering delirium of that epoch. On an expedition into the mucky city, they invite their audience to the remote, exaggerated, hardly beautiful sides of Berlin: How about dancing a sarabande on the sewage fields below the border zone? Or to crack the Mäusebunker with rhetorical rams? In September, matthaei & konsorten launch their new work Die Sumpfgeborene (The Swamp-Born) with wondrous actions in the city, before finally premiering in November. There the shameless affects and magnificent stagings of social abysses will be crossed with the unstoppable narrative apparatus of the telenovela.

          Under the label MATTHAEI & KONSORTEN the director Jörg Lukas Matthaei works together with artists from different disciplines. Since 2000, almost 50 works of various orientations have been created: From productions for the stage, installations and discourse productions to the development of new formats for urban landscapes, which have been a focus of the work for several years. Stagings by matthaei & konsorten can be encountered in all places that also occur in the lives of their actors or visitors. Recent works include COOP3000 eine neosolidarische concerngründung (Urban Arts Ruhr), BAILE BASSENA (Vienna Festival), URBAN MAGIC (Bangalore) and with the Sophiensæle most recently Im Apparat der Kriege (2014 Sophiensæle + radio version for rbb and others) and Verschwörung der Idioten. Between 2015 and 2016 they regularly presented the Idiotensalon at the Sophiensæle. matthaei-und-konsorten.de

          BY AND WITH Bati Nehoya, André Nittel, Volker Sobottke, Anne Welenc, Frank Willens CONCept, DIRECTION Jörg Lukas Matthaei DramaturgY Milena Kipfmüller MusiCAL DIRECTION, Composition Klaus Janek MUSIC Michael Metzler, Philipp Caspari sCenography, COSTUMES Michael Graessner PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT, DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT Sarah Stührenberg ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION Sofie Neu Additional sCenography CONTRIBUTION Lotti Maurer TechniCAL DIRECTOR Chris Umney DoCumentation Florian Krauss PHOtograPHY Merlin Nadj-Torma

          A production by matthaei & konsorten in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE and with friendly support of Theater Thikwa. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europa and the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung