Programme
Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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September 27 28 | 18.15
September 29 30 | 18.00
Tickets
Performance
17,17 €

A dreamlike journey on a rowing boat: time to slow down and question the concept of a productive life.

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Thorsten Lensing
Verrückt nach Trost
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September 30 | 19.00
October 01 02 07 08 09 | 19.00
Tickets
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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Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer Pelenakeke Brown Enter // Return

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Performance
2022 September 09 10 | 18.00
Festsaal

Premiere 

in English and Sāmoan

The performance on September 09 is with German audio description with a preceding touch tour for blind and visually impaired persons.

It is compulsory to wear an FFP2 mask. Exceptions are made for visitors who are unable to wear an FFP2 mask for health/physical reasons and for visitors who communicate in sign language.

For the first time in Germany, the festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer presents a work by the Sāmoan/Pākeha artist Pelenakeke Brown. As a radical act, Pelenakeke places the queer, crip, indigenous body at the center of the performance. The piece follows associations around the two titular terms of Enter and Return, which she links to Indigenous concepts of space and time. At the same time, the words stand for two of the most important keys on the computer keyboard, giving us the opportunity to enter digital spaces. During the pandemic, inside spaces and home became much more than a place to shelter for many people: their own four walls were suddenly a sanctuary from the precarity of the outside world, where the Internet often acted as a portal. Thus, Pelenakeke Brown searches for the location of the queer, indigenous, and crip body in (digital) space. At the same time, the piece explores questions about social notions of dance and movement. With her collective of disabled artists, Pelenakeke Brown takes a new look at aesthetics and the art of the disabled body in this interdisciplinary performance.

The festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer takes place in cooperation with the Schwulen Museum, which presents the exhibition of the same name from September 1 to January 30, 2023, and questions the fantasy of the ideal body with artworks by 24 international contemporary artists.

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The performance lasts approximately 50 minutes and is in English and Sāmoan spoken language. The text is available in written form from the admission staff. A smoke machine is deployed at the beginning and end of the performance. The show uses surround sound and live music (drumming and clapping), whereby the drumming can get very loud. If you are sensitive to noise, we recommend seats on the outer edge and earplugs (available from the admission staff). Some scenes take place in almost complete darkness. Throughout the performance, fast-moving, circling and from time to time distorted animations are projected on the floor as well as on angled banners hanging from the ceiling. In one scene, an object is swung like a lasso at a safe distance from the audience.

There is an audio description in German spoken language on September 09 with a preceding touch tour for blind and visually impaired persons. The touch tour starts 75 minutes before the show. The meeting point is at the box office in the Sophiensaele courtyard. Ticket reservations are accepted by Hannah Aldinger at barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com or by calling 030 278900 35. If required, we offer a pick-up service for blind and visually impaired people from the nearby S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations Hackescher Markt and Weinmeisterstraße. To make use of the pick-up service, please contact us during our business hours (Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm) at 030 27 89 00 30 or barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com.
 
The performance is a Relaxed Performance. Relaxed Performances welcome all visitors for whom sitting still for long periods of time in the theatre is a barrier (for example autistic people, people with Tourette's, learning difficulties or chronic pain). Noises and movements from the audience are very welcome. Visitors can leave and return to the auditorium at any time.
 
The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are four wheelchair seats and four beanbag seats, which can be reserved according to availability or purchased in the online ticket shop or at the box office. Persons with disabilities receive reduced tickets at a price of 10€ plus one free ticket for an accompanying person. For questions or more information, please contact Hannah Aldinger at barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

COVID-SAVE | In order to ensure greater safety distances, the auditorium is only filled to 70% of its capacity. The Sophiensaele team and the artists test themselves daily.

 

Pelenakeke Brown is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and writer, Pelenakeke’s practice explores the intersections between disability cultural concepts and Sāmoan cultural concepts. Her work investigates sites of knowledge, and she uses technology, writing, poetry, and performance to explore these ideas.  She has worked with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gibney Dance Center, The New York Library for the Performing Arts and other institutions globally. Selected residencies include Eyebeam, The Laundromat Project, and Dance/NYC. Her work has been featured in Art in America and The New York Times. She was recognised in 2020 with a Creative New Zealand Pacific Toa award. 

IMOGEN ZINO is a designer and maker based in Auckland, New Zealand with a background in digital, industrial, jewellery and textile design. This allows her to draw from a range of disciplines and create unique and engaging experiences. Her works are intuitive and tactile in nature; delving into the relationship between body, surface and environment. Her work has been featured in and/or showcased at: Surface Design Journal (USA), Hello May (Australia), Architecture Now (NZ), Artzone (NZ) , The Dowse Art Museum (NZ), Artnow (NZ), The Big Idea (NZ), ECC New Zealand, Craft Aotearoa, Best Awards, Cafe L’affare, Design Assembly, Atelier Jones Design, NZ Festival of Architecture (2019), Re News, The Centre of Design Research, Good Health Design, Design for Health Journal, St Paul St Gallery & Thistle Hall.

Jesse Austin-Stewart is a sound artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. He is a composer, sound artist, producer, and academic and is currently completing his PhD at Massey University exploring barriers of capital to spatial audio. As a sound artist, Jesse creates works that explore ways to make the field of spatial audio more inclusive. This creative practice often explores the intersection of spatial audio and disability and hearing, while also acknowledging barriers of finance and education. He has written works for contemporary dance and film and composed and curated performance art works and sound installations, among other works which have been exhibited in Aotearoa New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Czech Republic, Greece, Sweden, and France. As a producer and audio engineer, he has recorded work for short films, orchestra, solo artists and bands, small ensemble, opera, and various other configurations.

Concept, Performer, Audio Visuals Pelenakeke Brown Live Sound Performer Deborah Lagaaia Paulo Dramaturg Anapela Polata’ivao Producer/Production Manager Nahyeon Lee Performance Design Imogen Zino Lighting Design Paul Bennett, Elliott Cennetoglu Sound Design Jesse Austin-Stewart Taonga Pūoro Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu) Drumming Expert Leki Jackson-Bourke Recorded Vocals Joanna Mika-Toloa Production Support Jessica Palalagi Animator Jade Paynter AUDIODESCRIPTION Agnieszka Habraschka, Gerald Pirner

A production by Pelenakeke Brown with support from Q Theatre, The Basement Ideas in Residence,Auckland New Zealand, and SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by Creative New Zealand and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York. The guest performance is made possible by funding from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as part of the festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.