Tomorrow | 18:00
Sebastian Matthias
Urban Creatures
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August 10 11 12 | 18.00
Festsaal | 25/15 €

In the piece, which is both music theatre and dance performance, the audience itself becomes part of a living sound installation. Electronic sounds emanate from their own mobile phone loudspeakers, which change depending on the distance to the performers and merge into a single collective body of sound.

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Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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August 15-19 | 19.45
17,17 €

A dreamlike journey on a rowing boat: time to slow down and question the concept of a productive life.

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Mette Ingvartsen
The Dancing Public
August 17 18 19 | 21.00
Festsaal | 25/15 €

Inspired by the historical phenomenon of dance frenzy - the solo dance mixes ecstatic eruptions with pounding beats and is party, spoken word concert and expression of physical madness to exhaustion all in one.

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Faye Driscoll
Thank You For Coming: Space
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August 24 25 26 27 | 18.00
Festsaal | 25/15 €

Faye Driscoll stands alone on stage but creates a dynamic group experience. She is part of a complex installation, is wired for sound transmission and is supported by pulleys, ropes or the weight of others.

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Pelenakeke Brown
Enter // Return
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September 09 10 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For the first time in Germany, the festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer presents a work by the Sāmoan/Pākeha artist Pelenakeke Brown. With her collective of disabled artists, she takes a new look at aesthetics and the art of the disabled body in this interdisciplinary performance.

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Sindri Runudde
A Sensoral Lecture
September 09 10 | 21.00
September 11 | 16.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Can a voice message be more intimate than a nude photo? Together with composer Marta Forsberg, Sindri Runudde explores the concept of voicemail and the culture of auditory versus text-based SMS: A Sensoral Lecture is all about auditory romance and love at first frequency - an exploration of sound and especially the voice as a form of touch.

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Quiplash (Amelia and Al Lander-Cavallo)
Queere Audiodeskription
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September 13 | 14.00 - 18.30
September 14 | 11.00 - 15.30
Festsaal | 10/20/30/40 €

Join Quiplash to explore what it means to integrate audio description into performance, queerly. The workshop takes place over two relaxed half-day sessions (with breaks) at the Festsaal of Sophiensæle.

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Anajara Amarante
Butching Cowboys
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September 15 | 20.00
September 16 17 | 18.00
Kantine | 15/10 €

Anajara Amarante takes the audience into their queer version of South American surrealism and creates entire dance landscapes out of it: Closely connected to the artists, the audience experiences a crescendo evening that is both visual protest and ritual celebration.

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Unsightly Drag and Friends
September 16 17 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Welcome to Unsightly Drag and Friends: Quiplash invites the audience to a dazzling and somewhat different evening of cabaret! Between musical and stand-up comedy, abstract worlds and smooth moves the ensemble of Queer Crips (short: Quips) show us how sexy the mix of entertainment and access can be.

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Angela Alves
September 23 24 | 19.00
September 26 27 | 20.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In the dance performance TENNIS, Angela Alves examines sport, art and society for ableist and classist patterns of discrimination; exploring  methods to confront them without losing her nerve. In the setting of a tennis court, the dancer takes up the racket and prepares to serve for an accessible future.

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Sheena McGrandles
Dawn: A Musical on Reproduction
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September 23 24 | 21.00
September 24 | 14.00
September 25 | 16.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Sheena McGrandles’s successful experimental musical is back: Between concert, spoken word and performance, one ensemble together with a small choir of childless people speculates on new ways of starting a family!

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Thorsten Lensing
Verrückt nach Trost
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September 30 | 19.00
October 01 02 07 08 09 | 19.00
Festsaal | 28/18 €

The children Charlotte and Felix emerge from the sea and play as their dead parents on the beach. It's a ritual the two have been practicing for years. In memory of their parents' wild exuberance, they put sunscreen on their backs and tickle each other until they can hardly breathe. For brief moments,all sadness falls away from them. Again and again, however, the different needs of the two ten- and eleven-year-old siblings break into the game.

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen
Let‘s J̶u̶s̶t̶ Be Friends
October 13 14 15 | 19.00
October 16 | 17.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In Let's Just Be Friends, Simone Dede Ayivi interviews people who live their friendships as a feminist counter-concept to family businesses or marriages: Friends who do projects together or take on responsibilities for each other that are usually attributed to the close family context or romantic relationships between two people.

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James Batchelor & Collaborators
Shortcuts to Familiar Places
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October 17 18 19 20 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Shortcuts to Familiar Places, James Batchelor creates a personal performance about the body as a site of historical and choreographic inscription.

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Company Christoph Winkler
Radical Minimal
October 20 21 | 19.30
15/10 €

With Radical Minimal, the Berlin-based Company Christoph Winkler explores the radical potential of minimal music and contemporary dance. In three choreographies, the team reinterprets three well-known pieces of minimal music: Come Out by Steve Reich, Coming Together by Frederic Rzewski and Stay on it by Julius Eastman.

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Lois Alexander
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October 22 24 25 | 20.00
October 23 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Lois Alexander explores the afterlife of slavery and the reverberations on our present.Yeye explores memory, traces and notions of a motherland, moving through different levels of video, text and performance.

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Anna Natt
Queering Nosferatu
October 27 28 29 | 20.00
October 30 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In her new performance, Anna Natt, together with experimental musician Robert Curgenven, examines the vampire figure of Nosferatu for its queerness.

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October 28 | 17.00
Various Locations |

If you want to get to know the history of Sophiensæle, join one of our guided tours. Regular guided tours are in German. English guided tours are available for groups of five people or more.

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Tanz im August 2022
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34. International Festival Berlin
August 05-27

The international festival Tanz im August, presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, is once again showing a full three-week programme with international and local choreographers from different generations. From August 5–27, 2022 a total of 21 productions with around 200 artists from over 25 countries are being shown in 87 performances at HAU Hebbel am Ufer and 6 other venues in Berlin. 

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Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer
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September 09-17

For the first time in Germany, the Sophiensæle will bring together international works by queer disabled artists as part of the performance festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer – with all the challenges and potentials that the intersections of disability and queerness entail.

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Alexandre Achour, Diana Anselmo, Saša Asentić, Xavier Le Roy & Scarlet Yu Le Sacre du Printemps (2022)

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Dance, Music, Performance
2022 April 28 29 30 | 19.00


German sign language (DGS), Italian Sign Language (LIS), with German and English subtitles, German and English spoken language

APRIL 29 | AUDIO DESCRIPTION and preceding stage tour in German for blind and visually impaired visitors. The touch tour begins 75 minutes prior to showtime. Please find further information here.

Deaf and persons who sign can remove their masks for communication purposes. 

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Fifteen years ago, Xavier Le Roy's renowned solo performance Le sacre du printemps 2007 turned the conventional relationship between movement and sound upside down. Playing with movements and gestures of a conductor in relation with the music of Igor Stravinsky, Le Roy explored ways how cause and effect of sound and movement interact.

In Le sacre du printemps (2022), a new edition of the piece, Saša Asentić and Xavier Le Roy expand the original concept of the performance by inviting Deaf and hearing artists to work together on the choreography of gestures and movements, exploring different ways of perceiving and embodying the sound and movement.

From the very beginning, the artistic team of Saša Asentić placed the accessibility and movement research knowledge and experience of the participating Deaf artists and access workers at the core of the work: both in the preparation of the project and in the rehearsal process, in order to make it accessible for artists and public.

The performance lasts about 60 minutes. It uses Italian and German Sign Language (DGS), English and German subtitles and English and German spoken language. The DGS interpreters will be located centrally on stage. Captions in white letters will be projected on a black screen on the black back wall. The classical music of the piece has strong changes in tonality and rhythm. The sound comes from small loudspeakers that are placed in the seating area of the audience. Some vibrations of the music will be perceivable. There will be a live audio description in German with a preceding touch tour for blind and visually impaired persons on April 29. The touch tour starts at 5.45 pm. 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. Admission begins 20-30 minutes prior to show time. We recommend arriving early to select a suitable seat. Please note that the accessibility information is subject to possible changes. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35.

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

SAŠA ASENTIĆ is a choreographer, performance maker and cultural worker. He was born in the former Yugoslavia and started his work in the independent scene in Serbia. Since 2007 his works have been presented internationally. He lives in Berlin. Asentić is interested in exploring the relationship between the individual and society, analyzing it in terms of social choreography. Asentić works in the field of contemporary dance, performance and disability arts. His artistic practice is based on the principle of solidarity and resistance to cultural oppression and indoctrination. He is constantly working on prolonging his residence permit in Germany.

XAVIER LE ROY holds a doctorate in molecular biology, is a choreographer and professor of applied theater in Giessen. His solo works open new perspectives in the field of choreography.  His collaborative works in the field of art and research around the world and in different contexts, such as exhibitions, question the relationships between spectators/visitors and performers, trying to transform or reconfigure dichotomies such as object/subject, animal/human, machine/human, nature/culture, public/private, form/unform.

DIANA ANSELMO is an artist studying theater and performing arts at IUAV University in Venice. During her bachelor's degree in sociology, she works for festivals and gets to know a world she doesn't want to leave. Diana Anselmo is an activist working against discrimination against people with disabilities and for intersectional trans-queer feminism; she is vice president and co-founder of Al.Di.Qua.Artists (ALternative DIsability QUAlities Artists) and, among other things, the youngest member of the Cultural Advisory Board of the British Council.

ALEXANDRE ACHOUR is a Berlin-based choreographer and dancer. He was a fellow of the Pina Bausch Foundation and holds an MA in Choreography from the HZT Berlin. He develops his artistic practice especially within collaborative structures and works with Saša Asentić, Tino Sehgal, Xavier Le Roy and Guo Rui, among others. Together with (Novi Sad) and Tanzerei (Berlin) he realizes disability dance projects like DIS_Sylpide or We are not Monsters

SCARLET YU is a performer and choreographer. She has developed projects at WING Platform for Performance and Oil Street in Hong Kong and IsLand Bar at Taipei Arts Festival 2018. She has collaborated with various artists* and companies, including Haris Pašović, Teatro de los Sentidos and Xavier Le Roy, with whom she developed Temporary Title, 2015 and Still Untitled at Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017) and The Rite of Spring (2018). Her research focuses on the transformative potential of autobiographical material in choreographic one-to-one situations.

COMMISSIONED BY Saša Asentić Based on the original concept of “Le sacre du printemps (2007)” by Xavier Le Roy ARTISTIC COLLABORATION Alexandre Achour, Diana Anselmo, Saša Asentić, Xavier Le Roy, Scarlet Yu PERFORMANCE Alexandre Achour, Diana Anselmo, Scarlet Yu DGS INTERPRETATION Oya Ataman, Mathias Schäfer Consultation on accessibility and Deaf culture Diana Anselmo Consultation on translation Oya Ataman Sound design Peter Böhm Light Anja Sekulić Technical direction and captions Rastko Ilić Audio description Emmilou Rössling, Silja Korn Production management Miriam Glöckler, Stephan Wagner

A production by Saša Asentić & Collaborators in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, Pact Zollverein and Le Kwatt, France. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The project "TanZugang - Abbau von Barrieren im zeitgenössischen Tanz" is funded by the Fonds Soziokultur e.V. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.