Programme
HAUEN UND STECHEN
Salomé
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January 27 28 29 | 20.00
January 30 | 18.00
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music theatre
Festsaal | 15/10 Euro

The Berlin music theatre group Hauen und Stechen presents its version of the opera Salomé. The production, based on an opera by Richard Strauss and a text by Oscar Wilde, alternates between music and dance. It is a film, a journey, a fair and a dance of death all in one.

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Athina Lange + Pawel Aderhold
Whatremainsofme
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January 31 | 19.00
February 01 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

The way we perceive our reality is shaped by the language of our senses. But what happens when this fine interplay is disturbed? A search for traces of perception and experience.

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Hendrik Quast
Spill your guts
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February 03 04 05 | 19.30
February 06 | 17.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For his latest project, Hendrik Quast learns the art of ventriloquism in order to approach the chronic inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis artistically. In conversation with the disease, new ways of speaking and images of chronic illness emerge, opening up unusual spaces of humor for the ill and healthy audience.

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Nima Séne
auf den weg zu mir / auf den weg zu dir
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February 12 13 14 15 | 21.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In auf den weg zu mir / auf den weg zu dir, Nima Séne traces the history and lyrical legacy of the poet and activist May Ayim.

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
History has failed us, but…
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February 13 14 15 16 | 19.00
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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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen
esmalbesserhabenin.de
February 21-28
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The online audiovisual installation esmalbesserhabenin.de is dedicated to family narratives, generational conflicts, political struggles, and visions of the future in families of immigrant heritage.

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Ania Nowak
Golden Gate
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February 24 25 26 | 20.00
February 27 | 16.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For a long time now, collective mourning and its rituals have been disappearing from public space. Golden Gate questions our normative perceptions of loss and mourning. What is queer grief and in what way can it become a collective movement of melancholy and resistance? 

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Queer Darlings 3
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MARCH 1–13

In the third round of our spring series QUEER DARLINGS we again bring old and new favorites to Berlin: Frédéric Gies, Cherish Menzo, Vincent Riebeek, Teresa Vittucci + Colin Self, tiran, and others focus on contemporary translations of archetypal figures and myths: They appropriate archetypes in order to remove the basis of stereotypes, and create new mythologies in order to establish communities that are as tender as they are political.

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Festival
Tanzplattform Deutschland 2022
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MARCH 16–20

From March 16 to 20, the Tanzplattform Deutschland 2022 festival will gather 13 current and remarkable positions of dance and choreographic creation in Berlin, including three Sophiensaele productions by Sheena McGrandles, Joana Tischkau and Michelle Moura.

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Rita Mazza + Anne Zander Space 1880

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Performance
2021 November 26 27 28 | 19.00
Hochzeitssaal
In German Sign Language (DGS)

NOVEMBER 27 | AUDIO DESCRIPTION and preceding stage tour in spoken German for blind and visually impaired visitors. The touch tour begins 90 minutes prior to showtime.

Based on the history and culture of the deaf community, Rita Mazza and Anne Zander dedicate themselves to new forms of art in sign language in a visual sign performance.

The Milan Congress of 1880 was a major turning point for the Deaf community: Hearing educators banned the use of sign language from European education and significantly devalued Deaf culture. It was not until 2002 that German Sign Language was recognized in Germany as a full-fledged language and thus on an equal footing with spoken and written language. Yet equal access to the arts in society is still virtually impossible for most deaf people - a gap that Space 1880 wants to draw attention to. Together, choreographer and performer Rita Mazza and actress Anne Zander are researching new forms of artistic expression that go beyond the existing - often male-dominated - forms of sign poetry and visual vernacular. In a specially created language of movement between sign language poetry, body language, dance and abstract improvisations, they thus encounter the pain of their deaf ancestors and explore forms of healing.

The piece lasts about 45-60 minutes. It is very visual and partly makes use of German Sign Language (DGS). However, the piece is also suitable for an audience without any knowledge of German Sign Language. In some moments the light situation is bright, in others rather dark with some flashy and surprising light effects. The performance uses a lot of heavy bass sounds and vibrations. Hearing protection will be provided at the entrance. 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, if available. Accessibility information is updated on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

RITA MAZZA is a deaf queer freelance artist, actress, visual sign performer and dancer. She received several awards for her lead role of Sarah in God's Forgotten Children with Theater Artisti Associati Company in Italy. Additionally, Rita Mazza also serves as the artistic director of Festival del Silenzio, an international performing arts event focused on sign language and deaf arts. She speaks Italian Sign Language fluently as well as German, French and International Sign. Since 2010 Rita Mazza has lived in Berlin and is currently working as an artistic director and performer on visual sign performances in Berlin. She has a longstanding collaboration with Making A Difference.

ANNE ZANDER was born in Berlin and is a trained actress. As a deaf woman she still has many intersectional experiences. She has appeared in various films and television shows, as well as in plays, such as A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Michaela Caspar at Ballhaus Ost and the German Deaf Theater. In her leading role as Conny in Du sollst hören (ZDF), she performs throughout in her native language for the first time. She is also a passionate roller derby skater and has already participated in several European competitions.

ARTISTIC DIRECTION, Choreography, PERFORMANCE Rita Mazza Creative PERFORMANCE Anne Zander LIGHT DESIGN Michele Piazzi SOUND ENGINEERING Tim Schwerdter MOVEMENT + ARTISTIC MENTORSHIP Gal Naor, Matan Zamir (the progessive wave GbR) VIDEO, EDITING Barbara Toraldo PHOTOS Mayra Wallraff THANKS TO Anne Rieger, Noa Winter AUDIO DEScRIPTION Gerald Pirner, Gina Jeske

A production by Rita Mazza in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by IMPACT funding from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.