Liz Rosenfeld In Walking Distance
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October 24 25 Outdoor Walk
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 + Meena Murugesan Memoirs of a Unicorn: A Film (First Cut)
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October 25 26 | 20.00 Online film screening + talk

In her triple Bessie award-winning solo, choreographer and dancer Marjani Forté-Saunders pays tribute to the "unicorns" of her life and her community: formative figures such as father, son and brother, homies, pahtnas and fams. The choreography interweaves memories of her father - his mystical knowledge, his love for science fiction literature and his special ability to create realities - with collective memories and historical fragments.

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

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

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

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
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October 29 | 18.00 Online Workshop

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Flinn Works Learning Feminism from Rwanda
October 29 30 31 | 21.00
November 01 | 18.00
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
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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
October 31
November 01
Outdoor Walk
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite audiences to encounter artists 1:1 on 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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Tanzscout 2.0
November 02-12 Tune-In & Wrap-Up

This online Audio Tune-in & Collage Wrap-up enables the Tanzscout-Team to carry on, establishing connections between dance piece and viewers - hurray!

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Isabelle Schad Knotting & Rotations
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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
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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
November 19 20 21 22 | 19.30 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
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
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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
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November 27 28 | 20.00
November 29 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

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          Risk and Resilience Politics of Love #8 Resilienz


          2020 October 18 | 19.00
          Festsaal + Online

          In German


          The trendy term resilience refers to the ability to survive crises unscathed, even to emerge from them stronger. In the current pandemic, the resilient self is more in demand than ever. All too often, the focus on individual resilience means that we lose sight of the fact that the conditions of resilience vary greatly depending on the social position of the individual. Thus, it is often structural inequalities that cause crises and that should be fought, rather than endured.

          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: Do the arts offer suitable spaces to train resistance beyond the growth narratives of the dominant society? Can culture in Corona times even initiate a paradigm shift towards a more transparent approach to vulnerability? Or, is the theater in particular, in its permanent state of crisis, bound to the positive exaggeration of risk and excessive demands and thus a place that prefers resilient subjects?


          STEFANIE Graefe is a sociologist and researches and teaches at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena on the connection between subjectivity, neoliberalism, work and health. Most recently, her book Resilienz im Krisenkapitalismus. Wider das Lob der Anpassung was published by transcript.

          Lann Hornscheidt works writing, lecturing and workshopping on language and violence, loving as political action and gender freedom and genderism from an intersectional perspective. Lann organizes events on how society deals with violence, runs the discrimination-critical publishing house w_orten & meer and publishes books and articles, recently How do I write diverse? How do I speak gender-just? A practical handbook on gender-inclusive and gender-free language change (together with Ja'n Sammla).

          Azadeh Sharifi is a theater scholar and associated at the Institute for Theater Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University (LMU) Munich. She focuses on theater and migration, postcolonial theory and decolonial practices in theater, as well as feminist and intersectional performances. She was a fellow at the International Research College Interweaving Performance Cultures at the FU Berlin and teaches at the LMU Munich, HBK Braunschweig and University of Vienna. She also works as a curator for theater, including Augenblick Mal! Festival 2017 and Politik im Freien Theater München 2018 and is a member of the Future Advisory Board (Fab) of Performance Studies international (PSi).

          Moderation Joy Kristin Kalu GUESTS Stefanie Graefe, Lann Hornscheidt, Azadeh Sharifi

          Politics of Love is a production by SOPHIENSÆLE. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.