James Batchelor + Collaborators
An Evening-length Performance
August 12 13 14 15 | 19.00
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
August 13 | 16.00
August 13 | 17.30
August 13 | 19.00
August 13 | 20.30

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
TurboPascal_Grafik_Janina Janke_HP
August 18 19 20 21 | 21.30
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
August 19 20 21 22 | 19.00
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_c_Flavio Karrer_HP
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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Tanzscout Show Business
September 01 | 19.00

The Tanzscout Tune-In offers a playful and creative engagement with the subject of the performance Show Business.

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September 04 05 | 17.00 - 22.00
Eintritt frei

The installation negotiates issues of class, gender and migration. In a subtle way it plays with conventions of fashion shows and refers to a current phenomenon in which so-called "workwear" finds its way into high fashion contexts. What's classy if you're rich, but trashy if you're poor?

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Julia*n Meding
Julia_n Meding_c_Teta Marie Carangi und Julia_n Meding_HP
September 04-08 | 20.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

In her new work Traumascape, Julia*n Meding investigates the connections between rationality and violence in the history of European knowledge.

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Coming of Age
Coming of Age_Festival_HP
© Jan Grygoriew

Age is just a number – yet there is no getting around aging. In the midst of debates about the climate movement, identity politics, and body image, it is time to renegotiate long-established generational contracts. Not only has the recent pandemic history shown that questions of responsibility and solidarity need to be revisited. 
The performance festival COMING OF AGE, which will take place from September 15 to November 7 at Sophiensæle, is dedicated to various facets of aging in society - and looks at the different challenges of a phenomenon that affects us all.

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Search + Archive

Das Ost-West-Ding 2 Peggy Piesche Labor 89

Reading + Livestream
2020 September 29 | 19.00
Festsaal + Online
In German

The reading and discussion will take place with an audience in the Festsaal, but will also be available for free online as a live stream.

30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 30-year anniversary of German-German unification: Anniversaries such as these should provide an occasion to re-sort and realign collective memory, to renegotiate orientations and values. Remembrance culture must, therefore, remember more than just the social majority. The publication Labor 89 offers intersectional perspectives on the period of reunification. In eight portraits, political activists from black, POC and/or queer* feminist positions tell of social struggles for equality and self-determination. They explore the possibilities and limits of political participation, recall historical events, debates, actions and cross-community projects, filling the time between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s with their h*stories.

NICOLA LAURE AL–SAMARAI (main author) is a history and arts scholar, author and editor. She works on questions of marginalized memory and cultural politics, auto/biographies and postcoloniality. She lives and works in Berlin.

Peggy Piesche (editor), born and raised in the GDR, is a Black German literary scholar and transcultural trainer for critical whiteness reflection, intersectionality, diversity, and racism and power criticism in science, politics, and society. As a lecturer on diversity, intersectionality and decolonialism (D.I.D.), she also works on and supervises this field at the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb). The publication Labor 89 was published on January 30, 2020. Click here for the publisher.

BY AND WITH Peggy Piesche, Nicola Lauré al-Samarai, Nuran Ayten