Sophiensæle 23/24


The programme 23/24 of Sophiensæle starts on 07.12.2023

On 7.12.2023, after urgently needed renovation work, the 2023/2024 season will begin at the Sophiensaele under the new artistic direction of Andrea Niederbuchner and Jens Hillje. We will publish the programme for the opening and the season on 26.10.2023, which is also the day when the pre-sale begins.

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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 5-20 January 2024. 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:

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Leisure & Pleasure Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe The River - Part 1 A production by Public in Private in cooperation with SOPHIENSÆLE

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June 12 – July 14 | Mo-Fr

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Optional: English, German, Turkish, Ukrainian, French, etc.

The boat tour starts at the peninsula Alt-Stralau, the exact place and time (sunset) will be announced in time before the event starts with the ticket purchase. You can decide whether you want to come alone or in pairs. The price is the same for one or two people.

After the success of The River I in the summer of 2022, this special boat tour now returns to Berlin’s waters. The team around Aimé C. Songe alias Clément Layes invites you to an encounter on a rowboat just in time for sunset, alone or in pairs with a friend or loved one. Together with different artists, participants embark on a dreamlike journey to question the concept of an active and productive life and to take time to unwind.

Aimé C. Songe is an artist personality of Clément Layes who takes the time to grieve, finding new ways to come together with the audience, the world outdoors and in nature.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event.


  • 60 minutes 


  • You can chose from English, German, Turkish, Ukrainian, and French

Audience area

  • The performance takes place in a classic rowing boat.
  • boat size: 5 meter by 1m40
  • Life vests are available.


  • A performer will welcome you and be your host.


  • The performance is scripted and you will receive a listening device to follow the performance while your host navigates the boat. 


  • It is a quiet and relaxed performance. 
  • During the performance you will be invited to sit or lay down in the boat, sometimes with closed eyes. It is up to you.

CONCEPT Aimé C. Songe ARTISTIC COLLABORATION Jasna L. Vinovrški DRAMATURGY Jonas Rutgeerts, Mila Pavićević MUSIC Steve Heather HOSTS, Guides Asaf Aharonson, Zinzi Buchanan, Shannon Cooney, Clément Layes, Thiago Rosa BOAT DESIGN Jonas Maria Droste, Clément Layes COSTUME Malena Modeer PR Aïsha Mia Lethen Bird PRODUCTION, CARE Tammo Walter, Tiphaine Carrère Loquet DIFFUSION Danila-Freitag, Agentur für Performative Künste

A production of Public in Private. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR. The revival of The River I is funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR. With support by Bureau Ritter. Thanks to Flutgraben e.V. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung.