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Today
Rita Mazza
DANDELION II
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July 26-30
Video on Demand
Online | Eintritt frei

After experiences in the European deaf performance community, Rita Mazza now presents her first choreographic work at Sophiensæle. Entering the stage as a playground, she explores the combination of dance and sign language movements and creates a whole new form of visual poetry. >>CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

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Today
TANZSCOUT 2.0
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July 26-31
August 01
Tune-In and Wrap-Up
Online

The Tanzscout team invites you to this AUDIO Tune-in & COLLAGE Wrap-up, with which we continue to connect dance pieces and audience members online.

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Jess Thom
Biscuits Without Borders + Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic
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July 26-31

Jess Thom's Lecture Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic and her talk Biscuits Without Borders with Noa Winter are now available as videos on demand. Both events took place during the performance festival Risk and Resilience in October 2020. >> WATCH VIDEOS HERE

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Ania Nowak
INFLAMMATIONS (PANDEMIC EDITION)
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July 29 30 31
August 01
Tickets
Website |

Vulnerability becomes a catalyst for a new body, language and care economy: Starting from the question of what expectations we have of hyperfunctional bodies on stage and in everyday life, the video work demands a place for unstable bodies - with all their risks and potentials, in the artistic field as well as in society.

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Rachel Bagshaw
THE SHAPE OF THE PAIN / WHERE I GO
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July 29 | 19.00
EINTRITT FREI

During the pandemic, Rachel Bagshaw and her artistic team adapted the stage performance The Shape of the Pain for the screen. This process resulted in the 18-minute BBC feature Where I Go

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RAQUEL MESEGUER ZAFE
A CRASH COURSE IN CLOUDSPOTTING
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July 30 31 | 16.00
July 30 31 | 19.00
Tickets
Website | 15/10 €

A special and intimate audio journey of fragile beauty: for her documentary work, Raquel Meseguer Zafe has collected over 300 stories of people who, like herself, depend on lying down and resting in public spaces.

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WORKSHOP: CREATIVE CAPTIONS
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July 31 | 11.00 - 15.00
Eintritt frei

Accessibility is not only a human right, but an even more exciting creative tool: Rachel Bagshaw and Sophie Woolley share their experiences in the creative use of captioning and present some exercises to help other arts professionals in their own use and style development of captioning.

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IN CONVERSATION
August 01 | 18.00
Eintritt frei

A digital conversation on Zoom with the artists of the productions Inflammations, A Crash Course in Cloudspotting, and The Shape of the Pain: They will address navigating an often ableist art sector and share what working methods and aesthetics they have developed.

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Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz
DOOM (THE MOVIE)
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August 05 | 19.30
Tickets

Together with Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz and Open Air Neukölln at Freiluftkino Hasenheide we would like to invite you to the premiere of DOOM (THE MOVIE).

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James Batchelor + Collaborators
An Evening-length Performance
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August 12 13 14 15 | 19.00
Tickets
Dance
Festsaal |

With An Evening-­length Performance, Australian choreographer James Batchelor reimagines the baroque ballroom as a place for queer encounters and expression.

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Colette Sadler + Mikko Gaestel
ARK 1
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August 13 | 16.00
August 13 | 17.30
August 13 | 19.00
August 13 | 20.30
Tickets
Dance

In this im­mersive solo performance installation, choreographer Colette Sadler and visual artist Mikko Gaestel thematise the future of the human in relation to technology inside the virtual architecture of a 3D environment.

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Turbo Pascal
Irgendwie Mitte
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August 18 19 20 21 | 21.30
Tickets
10/15/25/50 €

Many people classify themselves as belonging to society's "Mitte". But where exactly is that - somewhere between top and bottom, rich and poor? As part of a four-part live reality series, Turbo Pascal go in search of the diffuse categories and relationships that make up the so-called "Mitte". To do this, the collective looks around its own circle of family, friends and acquaintances.

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Thiago Granato
The Sound They Make When No One Listens
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August 19 20 21 22 | 19.00
Tickets
Dance
Festsaal |

In times of an ecological, political and personal crisis, Brazilian choreographer Thiago Granato explores the act of listening.

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Melanie Jame Wolf mit Teresa Vittucci
SHOW BUSINESS
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August 30 31 | 20.00
September 01 02 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

There’s no business like show business. In their first performance evening together, Melanie Jame Wolf and Teresa Vittucci explore the problems and pleasures of: What does it take to make a show great?

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Making A Difference
Owning spaces - Conversations and actions from bed
Konferenz save the date
September 01-05

ConferenCE ON Zoom
September 01-05

As disabled artist-curators Kate Marsh and Noa Winter invite to conversations, practice, safer spaces and public sharings.

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Specials
Festival
Cripping the Pain
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JULY 29 – AUGUST 01

Pain is rarely a subject on stage. The focus CRIPPING THE PAIN, which could not take place in June 2020 due to the pandemic and is now being rescheduled in digital form, presents artistic works, workshops and conversations that give space to this complexity and defy dominant ableist perceptions of the body.

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Festival
Coming of Age
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Age is just a number - nevertheless, we can't get around aging. In the midst of debates about climate change, identity politics and body images, it is time to renegotiate long outdated generational contracts. Thus, not only the recent pandemic has demonstrated that questions about responsibilities and solidarity have to be asked again. The performance festival COMING OF AGE, which will take place from September 15 to November 7 at the Sophiensæle, is dedicated to various aspects of aging in society - and looks at the different challenges of a phenomenon that affects us all.

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Melanie Jame Wolf TONIGHT

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Performance
2019 June 27 28 29 30 | 20.00
Festsaal
Auf Englisch - In English

From The Stooges to Rihanna, tonight is one of the most frequently used words in pop music, and probably the most powerful. When this word is heard, or sung along to and out loud - a sense can open up that tonight, for real, something momentous might occur. It might take the shape of a romantic event or a total revolution. But either way, this extraordinary event will bring with it a radical transformation of your life as you have lived it up til now.

As a lyric, tonight functions as a powerful talisman or portal to an alternate time and place. As a performance, TONIGHT critically explores the potency of this popularly shared poetic of the tonight space. It looks at tonight as a complicated tension between being a place of queer becoming – where we imagine and stage other possibilities of ourselves – and a vehicle of exploitation of desire via the pop machine.

tonight is the sensual world. tonight is the promise of an imminent magic moment - the ancient Greek notion of Kairos. tonight is an uncontainable temporality, a sticky speculation of desire that spills over. It is an act of cultural edging that is both a sanctuary for rehearsing our ideal selves and a cruel fiction running on an engine of nostalgia for a space and time that is yet to be.

TONIGHT explores the pleasures and perils of the erotics, the poetics, and the politics of a shared pop imaginary of exquisite anticipation.

Forever's gonna start tonight...


A companion TONIGHT video installation will screen in the Festsaal-foyer during the run of the performance.



Concept, Text, Video, Direction Melanie Jame Wolf Performed by Melanie Jame Wolf, Sheena McGrandles, Rodrigo Garcia Alves SoundDesign Mieko Suzuki LIGHT DESIGN Ariel Efraim Ashbel CostumeDesign Josa Marx STAGEDESIGN Jonas Maria Droste Outside Eyes Sharon Smith, Peaches Assistant Evan Loxton Photo Ashton Green Press & Production björn & björn

A production by Melanie Jame Wolf in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. With support by the Australia Council for the Arts, Cité Internationales des Arts, The Substation - Melbourne, and MAKE artist development programme and residency - Theatre Forum Ireland. Media partner: Missy, taz. die tageszeitung, Ask Helmut

Melanie Jame Wolf makes performances, films, and installations about performance economies and immaterial capital. Sometimes solo, sometimes with friends. Always exploring systems of value and exchange, particularly as they occur in the murky field of immaterial capital – the social, the cultural, the affective. She investigates these flows as they are produced through ideas of ghosts, of gender, of pop, of myth, of morality, of sensuality, of class. Melanie Jame has shown her work in gallery, theatre, and film festival contexts around the world. She premiered her two last major performance works HIGHNESS and TONIGHT at Sophiensaele. savage-amusement.com

Foto © Ashton Green