Florentina Holzinger
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December 11 12 13 | 19.30
Festsaal | 25/18€

The dizzying conclusion of Holzinger‘s trilogy on the body as a spectacle: TANZ deals with physical discipline and the cult of beauty ingrained within the tradition of dance. 

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Siegmar Zacharias & Judith Hamann
WAVES #6 – Listening Sessions Towards Social Bodies
December 13 | 20.00

Sound meditations to dwell together in a space where we do not have to be alone: Siegmar Zacharias and her team offer WAVES in sensory and affective modes as a series of listening sessions together with FFT Düsseldorf and Sophiensæle Berlin, from May until December 2021. 

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Suvi Kemppainen + Josefine Mühle
Baby Choir
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December 16 19 | 19.30
December 17 18 | 21.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Innocent, cute, dependent – Baby Choir throws socially accepted baby images overboard and is  interested in the monstrosity of the baby archetype. What if the baby possessed desire, was capable of action, and had an activist bent to boot?

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Yui Kawaguchi
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December 17 18 | 19.30
December 19 | 17.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Yui Kawaguchi translates in Mugen (Japanese: illusion, infinity) the classical elements of Japanese Nō theatre into a hypnotic interplay of dance, music and light.

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TANZSCOUT Tune-In zu Mugen
December 18 | 17.30
5 €

With playful and practical examinations of the subjects and working methods of the dance piece and by an exchange of material and questions, the workshop participants will be introduced to the upcoming performance event. 

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Tanztage Berlin 2022
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In tandem with emerging dance artists connected to our city, Tanztage Berlin 2022 continues to examine what keeps us together and tears us apart. After 2021 the festival took place exclusively online, its 31st edition returns as an extended offline and online program. Alongside the last year’s selection of performances, it includes new creations and discourse formats on power, protest, and empowerment. The work presented during Tanztage Berlin 2022 critically navigates the present by reimagining past and future encounters on the dance floor. While dealing with acute problems like power relations, surveillance, disembodiment, or climate change, it tunes into the social body, creating much-needed moments of awareness, connectedness, and self-determination. Unlike the 21st-century billionaire strategy of abandoning earth in a rocket ship or escaping into a parallel virtual universe, the festival chooses instead to stay with the trouble: to celebrate dancing together through the crisis and against despair.

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Rita Mazza + Anne Zander Space 1880

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15/10 €
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 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.