Programme

Tanja Krone Mit echten Reden (1): Das Ellenbogen-Prinzip

Das Ellenbogen-Prinzip_c_Peter van Heesen 2
October 03 | 16.00 Outdoor Performance + Talk
im Garten der Sophienkirche | EINTRITT FREI

On October 3, Tanja Krone invites you to an outdoor adaptation of her successful festival performance from last fall, as the final highlight of our focus Das Ost-West-Ding 2.

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Daniel Hellmann / Soya the Cow In Walking Distance
Soya the cow_Credit Lenja Lehnard_HP
October 08 09 Outdoor Walk
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Navild Acosta + Fannie Sosa Black Power Naps
Choir of the Slain_c_Maria Baranova_Presse4
October 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 | 15.00 - 18.00 Installation
Festsaal | EINTRITT FREI

Recent studies have shown that the distribution of rest is determined by race, with people of color regularly getting less sleep than white people. As a direct response to the Sleep Gap, the artists take over Sophiensæle’s Festsaal and invite people of color to break with constant fatigue by slowing down, resting, and interacting with soft, comfortable surfaces.

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Olympia Bukkakis A Touch of the Other
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October 08 09 10 | 20.00 DRAG / DANCE / PERFORMANCE
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

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Elischa Kaminer In Walking Distance
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October 10 11 Outdoor Walk
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Navild Acosta + Fannie Sosa Choir of the Slain (Part XX)
Choir of the Slain_c_Maria Baranova_Presse1
October 13 14 | 20.00 Performance
FESTSAAL + ONLINE | 15/10 EURO | LIVESTREAM KOSTENFREI

A live song and dance activation from bed: The performance plays with multiplicitous states of being idle, protesting the power relations of the night which deprive BIPOC of rest.

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Peter Frost In Walking Distance
Cora Frost_Foto_ jackie baier
October 14 15 Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Henrike Iglesias Academy
henrike-iglesias_academy
October 16 | 18.00
October 16 | 19.30
October 17 18 | 15.00
October 17 18 | 16.30
Workshop
Online + Draussen | EINTRITT FREI

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María do Mar Castro Varela Zweifeln erlernen – Egoismus verlernen
October 17 | 19.00 Lecture
Festsaal + Online | 5 EURO | ONLINE KOSTENFREI

In her lecture, María do Mar Castro Varela reflects on the 'storming of the Reichstag' and other madness in times of pandemic.

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Politics of Love #8 Resilienz
October 18 | 19.00 Lecture
Festsaal + Online | 5 EURO | ONLINE KOSTENFREI

In this conversation we will take a critical look at a society that uses crises as a driver for its optimization and in this context we will also look at the role of culture.

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim In Walking Distance
Potrait Hyunsin_c_Christian Cattelan
October 19 20 Outdoor Walk
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen The Kids Are Alright
simone-dede-ayivi_c_mayra-wallraff_HP 2
October 21 22 23 24 | 19.00
October 21 22 23 24 | 21.00
Performance / Installation
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Simone Dede Ayivi and accomplices have held talks with grandparents, parents and children from different communities and present their diverging ideas of a "better life" in a performative installation.

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Liz Rosenfeld In Walking Distance
Rosenfeld_Risk and Resilience_c_Liz Rosenfeld.jpg_HP
October 24 25 Outdoor Walk
Start: Bushaltestelle "Lustgarten" | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Marjani Forté-Saunders / 7NMS Memoirs of a... Unicorn
Marjani_Forte_Unicorn_c_Baranova_HP 1
October 25 26 | 20.00 Online film screening + talk
ONLINE | EINTRITT FREI

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Jess Thom Biscuits without Borders:
October 27 | 12.00 Lecture via Zoom
Online | EINTRITT FREI

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Lernen aus dem Lockdown? Nachdenken über Freies Theater.
October 27 | 19.00 Book launch
Festsaal | EINTRITT FREI

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Jess Thom Disability Culture in a time of Pandemic
October 29 | 12.00 Lecture via Zoom
Online | EINTRITT FREI

Touretteshero co-founder Jess Thom examines and reflects on the barriers and opportunities that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown.

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Raus aus dem Kopf, rein in den Körper
Raus aus dem Kopf_190412_c_Gina Jeske_HP
October 29 | 18.00 Online Workshop
Online | EINTRITT FREI

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Flinn Works Learning Feminism from Rwanda
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October 29 30 31 | 21.00
November 01 | 18.00
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

How does the women's quota change culture and mindset? With flaming speeches, statistics, lamentations and protest choreographies Flinn Works follow the trail of Rwandan fast-track feminism.

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Teresa Vittucci, Michael Turinsky + Claire Vivianne Sobottke We Bodies
We Bodies_c_Anna Breit_Presse1
October 30 31 | 18.00 Dance / Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

To resist categories like "normal" or "beautiful", the three performers create a series of exorcisms in which they distort pop-cultural figures and phenomena into monstrousness.

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Jule Flierl, Luise Meier oder Vera Pulido In Walking Distance
rohreinsicht_c_Pulido-Meier-Flierl_HP
October 31
November 01
Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Isabelle Schad Knotting & Rotations
knotting_c_dieter-hartwig_HP 2
November 06 07 08 09 | 20.00 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Isabelle Schad celebrates the beauty of simple movement sequences in two powerful solos.

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Company Christoph Winkler It's All Forgotten Now
c_Stencil graffiti by Mark Fisher's students at Goldsmiths_University of London. (Credit Dan Hassler-Forest)_HP
November 12 13 14 | 20.00 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

Dance meets music, film, video and spoken word: A performative homage to Mark Fisher.

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Vanessa Stern Sleeping Duties
vanessa stern
November 19 20 21 22 | 19.30 Spoken theater
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

A railroad movie meets a chamber play: Four train passengers keep themselves awake with problems on their way to Spitzbergen.

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Sheena McGrandles Figured
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November 21 22 | 15.00 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

Forward, backward, cut, all back, repeat: two figures move in front of a wall. Their bodies and their relationship to each other are constantly interrupted and so are the narratives that unfold and disappear again.

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Sheena McGrandles Flush
Sheena McGrandles - FLUSH -2020-02-05_Photo Michiel Keuper_IMG_7699_HP
November 21 22 | 16.30 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

Sheena McGrandles composes stylized body landscapes calling both to the erotic and absurd.

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matthaei & konsorten Die Sumpfgeborene
die sumpfgeborene_c_hannah-schaich_HP 1
November 24 25 26 27 28 29 Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

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          Politics of Love

          Discourse

          2019 April 12 | 19.00
          Kantine

          Auf Englisch - In English

          The fifth edition of our discussion series Politics of Love is an extension of a previous discussion topic touched on in the performance festival Save Your Soul. In that discussion we spoke of letting go — of the pain, of the past — and exorcising discordant stories that possess our bodies and haunt our daily lives. This talk goes further and explores how letting go of the specters of trauma can be accompanied with accountability. In this discussion we ask who are we — as artists, as individuals, as institutions and as community — responsible to?

          On stage, in textual practices, as well as in visual mediums, the current zeitgeist of the art world is obsessed with the vulnerable and asking hard, personal questions. But we must be aware that therapy is messy; to heal wounds is to conjure demons. How deeply does the stage allow us to look into our subjectivities, how they affect us, our choices, those around us, and the earth? How do we hold each other as community when the image invoked in the mirror of our practices threatens to destroy us? The special circumstances of minority communities and their place within the arts community will be a focal point. This evening, we will be joined by a panel of activists, artists, and academics invested in community-based practices and healing wounds through closure and acceptance.

          MONILOLA ILUPEJU is an artist and writer living and working in Berlin. She graduated from New York University in 2018 where she studied Studio Art and Social and Cultural Analysis, which focused on the intersections of race and cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, philosophy, sociology and political science. She is an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Class of 2018.

          ZANDER PORTER is a visual artist, performer and curator from Los Angeles, who is currently based in Berlin. He graduated in Art Studio from Wesleyan University with additional attentions in Computer Science and Performance Studies. In his artistic work, Porter employs media such as photography, digital media, performance and video. His work is based on his interest in social and collective vs. individuated identity in the digital age. He is interested in virtual and physical spaces of roleplay, especially embodiment and disembodiment.

          DJIBRIL SALL is a dancer, performer and writer currently based in Berlin. In 2016 he graduated from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) with a BA in dance. Since 2013 he takes part in several projects as a performer and/or dramaturge in the USA and Germany. Sall was an artist in residence in the Loam, NY in December 2016. In 2019 his most recent piece Go To Hell premiered at SomoS Berlin as part of Vorspiel Dance Festival.

          NICOLE STANTON is a dance artist, educator and activist currently serving as the Dean of Arts and Humanities Wesleyan University and is an Associate Professor of Dance, African American Studies, Environment, and Performance. Her work centres on the cultures and histories of the African Diaspora and the ways in which dance  serves as a site of reclamation and resistance.

          CONCEPT Joy Kristin Kalu, Djibril Sall HOST Djibril Sall GUESTS Monilola Ilupeju, Zander Porter, Nicole Stanton

          Politics of Love #5 is supported by Diversity Arts Culture and the Wesleyan University. The catering will be provided by be'kech Anti-Cafe. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung