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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Frequenzen.Feminismen global Rima Najdi I grew an alien inside of me

I grew an alien inside of me_c_Maria Kassab
© Maria Kassab
2022 May 20 | 19.30
2022 May 21 | 17.00
2022 May 21 | 20.00
in English and Arabic

The Sophiensaele elevator is currently out of order.

In this multi-media performance, Rima Najdi explores birth and revolution in tandem. Drawing from the remembered, felt experiences of mothers in labour and protesters in the street, I Grew an Alien Inside of Me asks how the body is able to subvert, circumscribe, and repurpose meanings of the event. Digitized loops play with rhythm, repetition, breath, and expectation and invite audiences to engage and interact with testimonies of giving birth and participating in protest. Far from following a linear logic or a singular ontology, the cyclical, chaotic experiences of labour and of finding and losing comrades in the street point to a different kind of clarity and vision that cannot be reduced to outcomes. The resulting choreography invites reflections on the most powerful of human experiences – those of giving birth and participating in revolution.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that the accessibility information is subject to possible changes.

The piece lasts 45-50 minutes and uses English and Arabic spoken language. The Arabic parts are translated into English and either spoken live or projected as subtitles. The performance uses very loud music with heavy bass sounds. Hearing protection will be provided at the entrance. A smoke machine will be used. The performance includes interaction with the audience. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair spaces and one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop or at the box office, if available. If you require specific seating of any other kind, please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to show time and approach our evening staff.

Click HERE to find information about performance spaces and pathways, accessible restrooms, parking, directions to the theater, a 360° video tour of the building, and more.
Click HERE to find more information about the accessibility of the festival Frequenzen. Feminismen Global.

Created by Rima Najdi Music Kathy Alberici Visuals Ana Nieves Moya Light designer Carola Caggiano Dramaturge Rayya ElZein Costume designer Hagar Ophir Graphic designer Maria Kassab Production Racha Najdi / Björk Margarit Roi Outside eye Yalda Younes Curated by Tania ElKhoury and Bochra Triki

A production by Rima Najdi in co-production with Tashweesh Festival, Akademie der Künste - INITIAL Programm (Berlin), L'Art Rue (Tunis), Beursschouwburg (Brussels), Goethe-Institut, Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna). In cooperation with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of #takecare.