Programme
Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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September 27 28 | 18.15
September 29 30 | 18.00
Tickets
Performance
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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Thorsten Lensing
Verrückt nach Trost
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September 30 | 19.00
October 01 02 07 08 09 | 19.00
Tickets
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
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October 13 14 15 | 19.00
October 16 | 17.00
Tickets
Performance
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
Tickets
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
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October 20 21 | 19.30
Tickets
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
Yeye
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October 22 25 | 20.00
October 23 | 18.00
Tickets
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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Lois Alexander
BIPoC-only*: Yeye
BIPOC-ONLY (1)
October 24 | 20.00
Tickets
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
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October 27 28 29 | 20.00
October 30 | 18.00
Tickets
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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Hausführung
Hausführung
October 28 | 17.00
Tickets
Various Locations | 5 €

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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Sheena McGrandles Dawn: A Musical on Reproduction

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Dance/Music/Performance/Concert
2022 September 23 24 | 21.00
2022 September 24 | 14.00
2022 September 25 | 16.00
Festsaal
in English

Due to a case of illness, the performances on 9/24 at 2pm and 9/25 at 4pm have to be cancelled. Tickets already purchased will be automatically refunded by Reservix.

It is mandatory to wear a medical mask. Exceptions to this rule are visitors who are unable to wear a medical mask for health/physical reasons.

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!

A temporary collective of Berlin artists explores different perspectives on parenthood and the symbolic power of the child as a bearer of hope. Where does the human need to create a family come from? Which bodies may and can reproduce, how and where? What wishes do we project onto a child who, as part of a new generation, could permanently change our current society with its classic family constructs and role distributions? A multi-layered and humorous artistic work that links myths and stories from antiquity and the present with personal experiences.

CONTENT NOTE The show contains a scene in which the subject of abortion is discussed.

The play lasts approximately 130 minutes and has a 20-minute intermission after the first 60 minutes. The play uses English spoken language and is suitable for all ages. There is a written handout in English to accompany the sung text. It is not very light and not very dark, but rather a lighting situation with saturated colours. There are no big light changes or surprises. A moving light creates different spots on the floor. There are no loud noises or sound effects. The sound mainly transmits musical content. The room can be left and entered at any time. No movement participation or certain mobility of the audience is expected. There is no specific interaction with the audience except for one or two questions. If you wish you can raise your hand to answer. Seating is on one of two tribunes arranged in an L-shape. 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.

Sheena McGrandles is a dancer and choreographer living in Berlin. She works in various contexts including theatre/stage, education and independent art and culture projects. Her current group of works explores radical temporality as a means of detailed exploration and exaggeration of movement. Her works create hyper-real, multi-narrative and humorous moving landscapes. Sheena presents her works nationally and internationally, including London (The Place), Amsterdam (something raw), Berlin (Sophiensæle), Mexico City (Museo Universitario Del Chopo), Los Angeles (PSSST). With Figured, Sheena McGrandles was invited to the Tanzplattform 2020.The piece FLUSH was shown at the TANZPLATTFORM 2022 in Berlin.

CONCEPT Sheena McGrandles BY + WITH Sheena McGrandles, Moss Beynon Juckes, Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Colin Self, Stellan Veloce, Marta Forsberg CHOIR DIRECTION Colin Self CHOIR Olympia Bukkakis/Maria F. Scaroni, Marek Polgesek, Emeka Ene, Valerie Renay CO-CONCEPT, DRAMATURGY Mila Pavicevic VOCAL COACHing Ignacio Jarquin CHOREOGRAPHIC OUTSIDE EYE Maria F. Scaroni IRISH DANCE COACHing Constantin Kirsten LIGHTING DESIGN, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Annegret Schalke SET, COSTUMES Michiel Keuper, Martin Sieweke PRODUCTION ehrliche Arbeit – freies Kulturbüro. Thanks to Ivan Bartsch for sound engineering the 2021 shows. 

A production by Sheena McGrandles in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. The original production was financed by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe with funds of the mobility fund “Draussenstadt”. Supported by the PSR-Kollektiv, Uferstudios and Tanzfabrik. The new blackbox version is funded by the Bezirkskulturfonds Berlin-Mitte, the Wiederaufnahmeförderung of the City of Berlin and supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.