Programme
Today | 16:00
Imagining futures: what if?
DISKUSSION Imagining Futures
May 20 | 16.00
Discussion/Livestream
Festsaal-Foyer/online | Eintritt frei

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Imagining Futures brought together twelve innovative performing arts festivals for a pan-European experiment – a future-focused and predominantly female peer network that offered participating festival directors and artists a deep listening space and a moment to be together, think together, and dream of different futures.

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Today | 17:30 - 21:30
Bodies of Care
Platzhalter1
May 20 | 17.30 - 21.30
May 21 | 15.30 - 20.00
Videoinstallation
Festsaal-Foyer | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 15:30 - 15:45
Bodies of Care: Togetherness
Platzhalter6
May 21 | 15.30 - 15.45
Audioinstallation
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 16:00 - 16:30
Bodies of Care: The Skin Creature
Platzhalter1
May 21 | 16.00 - 16.30
Participatory Performance
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Kareth Schaffer
Question of Belief
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May 26 27 28 29 | 20.00
Tickets
Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Question of Belief, choreographer Kareth Schaffer addresses the demons of today’s world: Between actionism and laziness, distraction and apathy, the performers Mădălina Dan and Manon Parent fight their way through stage designer Dan Lancea's inflating stage landscape.

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Josephine Findeisen
Working Class Dance Group
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May 27 | 18.00
Tickets
15/10 €

Working Class Dance Group shows a working state of an ongoing research on class structures. The dancers revisit historical, female-proletarian perspectives and investigate the intersections of class, gender and the body.

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Lea Sherin Kübler + Soraya Reichl & Ensemble
Remember Now!
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June 03 04 05 | 14.00
June 03 04 05 | 17.00
Tickets
5€

Based on debates about the toppling of statues as well as the renaming of street names and an accompanying new examination of memory culture, the youth projekt invite you to a performative and interactive audio walk. 

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CRANKY BODIES a/company
Terrestrial transit - kick off
CRANKY~4
June 03 04 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The interdisciplinary project Terrestrial Transit deals with the activist practice of artistic intervention, which is gaining importance again in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe, in view of the strengthening of right-wing authoritarian regimes. The work of the dance company CRANKY BODIES a/company, founded in August 2020 by Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper, refers in particular to political forms of protest in the tradition of Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art before the fall of the Wall.

 

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
History has failed us, but…
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June 09 10 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

History has failed us, but... deals with physical forms of protest and searches for a solidary togetherness while taking into account different bodies. Which narratives and images of resistance are remembered - and how are they told?

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Kiana Rezvani
Cyber Ghosts
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June 11 | 20.00
June 12 | 18.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

The Sophiensæle are happy to be able to catch up this summer with the work of Kiana Rezvani from the Tanztage Berlin 2022 programme, which could not be presented during the festival in January due to the pandemic.

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Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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June 17 20-24 27 28 29 30 | 20.45 - 21.45
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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Vanessa Stern
Die Rache der Panda-Pussies
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June 21 23 24 25 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The Panda Pussies bring an inclusive, cross-generational gender theater to the stage – in the best anarchic Schlingensief tradition, with music and intelligent racket.

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Sommerfest
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June 22 | 18.00
Feast

This year we want to continue our old tradition: we celebrate the Sophiensæle summer festival - without any drama! 

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TANZTAGE BERLIN 2023 | OPEN CALL
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© Jan Grygoriew

TO ALL emerging DANCE ARTISTS BASED IN BERLIN

Every new year, the Tanztage Berlin is not only the city's very first festival, it has also established itself nationally and internationally as an important platform for emerging dance artists since its founding in 1996. The next edition of Tanztage Berlin will once again take place under the artistic direction of Mateusz Szymanówka. The festival is currently planned for 5-21 January 2023 - however, the form as well as the exact date will depend on the constant reassessment of the pandemic. The festival offers emerging dance artists based in Berlin a framework for their new productions and revivals. The programme of the last two editions can be found at: https://tanztage-berlin.sophiensaele.com.

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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