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Interrobang
Deep Godot: Onlineversion
DG_Presse_HP
October 28 29 30 31
November 01-07
Tickets
Online-Performance
Digital | 10/7 €

After the successful live version, the audience now gets in touch with the AI DEEP GODOT from the comfort of their own home. The performance collective develops and trains DEEP GODOT, an A.I. that offers individual age guidance for people from 15 to 100plus. Through the Smart Ageing program, DEEP GODOT gets to know people long before they reach the end of their lives, in order to better and more personally accompany, entertain, care for and prepare them for their death later in life.

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Tomorrow | 18:00
25 Jahre SOPHIENSÆLE
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October 29 | 18.00
Feast
Various Locations

The Sophiensæle theater is turning 25 and our festival Tanztage Berlin can also look back on its 25th anniversary and its 30th edition. That's why we are celebrating everything together on October 29: The Sophiensæle, the Tanztage Berlin and the book launch of our anniversary publication OPENINGS.

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Schwenk & Schmans
Im Wald mit...
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October 28 29 30 31
November 01-07

In March 2021, four intergenerational hiking groups set off through Berlin's forests which. Schoolchildren ranging between the ages of nine and thirteen hiked with one or two grandparents by their side or accompanying them on the phone. Schwenk & Schmans have brought together the images, videos, audios, texts, questions and thoughts collected during these walks, creating a documentary.

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Vanessa Stern
Gebeine. Die Frieda, die ich meine
Ursula Maria_HP
October 28 29 30 31
November 01-07
Eintritt frei

Fourteen old women remember Frieda in fourteen short films. They all tell the truth, but each one knows something different. >> Watch online here.

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Corinne Maier
Die Zufügung
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October 30 31 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

Corinne Maier presents a gripping lecture performance on the subject of age and aging with text fragments by the exceptional author Gerlind Reinshagen, improvisations by the performer and the music of Elvis Presley.

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Lajos Talamonti
Alter Hase
Alter Hase_c_HP
November 04 05 06 07 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10€

Five former dancers look back on the time of their common classical artistic imprint. In a last joint dance they make the rigid structures of classical dance pliable and tell of life as an often surprising school, the method of which everyone has to invent anew for themselves every day.

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Markus&Markus Theaterkollektiv
Die Brieffreundschaft
BRIEF_©DorotheaTuch_2380_HP
November 10 11 12 13 | 19.30
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Penthesilea, Judith, Clytemnestra, Medea, Lady Macbeth. Night after night, we let ourselves be sprinkled by their acts of violence enjoying the drama, murder and killing. If they were not trapped in Reclam books, they would probably be in prison. There, the Markus&Markus theater collective tracked down the - very real - protagonists of this evening for their new play and began to write them letters. An evening of theater that poses questions about humanity - and about second chances - in a new way.

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Flinn Works
Artist Talk auf Zoom
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November 10 | 20.00

Through an online public conversation with Sophia Stepf (Artistic Director Flinn Works), Nora Amin will bring forward the criticism of the stigmatisation of the so called ’’belly dance'' 

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Siegmar Zacharias & Samuel Hertz
WAVES #5 – Listening Sessions Towards Social Bodies
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November 15 | 20.00
Tickets

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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Rehema Chachage | Aderemi Adegbite
I shredded them on your behalf | Tutuola Institute
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November 17 18 | 18.00
November 19 | 17.00
November 20 | 16.00
November 20 | 19.00
Kantine |

Installations in the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: Artist Rehema Chachage shreds rejected grant applications and turns them into paper airplanes; the curator and artist Aderemi Adgebite shows video art in the newly founded Nigerian Cultural Institute and invites individual viewers to spiritual consultations by professional fortune tellers.

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Abhishek Thapar
Untitled (AT)
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November 17 18 | 18.30
November 19 20 | 18.00
November 20 | 16.30
Tickets
Performance
10/7 €

Within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: Untitled sends preconceived perceptions and everyday uses of money through the shredder. As money is stripped of its value and returned to its source material - paper - the artistic work brings forth other meanings and explores the value of "worth."

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Azade Shahmiri | Anuja Ghosalkar
Tempor(e)ality | Double Agent X
Azade_Shahmiri_credit Lys Y. Seng
November 17 | 20.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Double bill within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money:  In a lecture performance, the Tehran artist Azade Shahmiri examines the historically imagined representation of the West in Iranian theater, while the Indian artist Anuja Ghosalkar presents in a docu-fictional performance strategies for securing an artistic existence.

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Anuja Ghosalkar | Nora Amin
Double Agent X | My Dance
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November 18 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Double bill within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: The Indian artist Anuja Ghosalkar presents in a docu-fictional performance strategies for securing an artistic existence, while Nora Amin liberates the so-called belly dance from the sediments of history.

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Flinn Works
Artist Talk
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November 19 | 18.00
Festsaal |

The Flinn Works team and Abhishek Thapar talk about the project White Money.

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Azade Shahmiri | Nora Amin
Tempor(e)ality | My Dance
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November 19 20 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Double bill within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: In a lecture performance, the Tehran artist Azade Shahmiri examines the historically imagined representation of the West in Iranian theater, while Nora Amin liberates the so-called belly dance from the sediments of history.

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Anuja Ghosalkar
Double Agent X
Double Agent X_Anuja Ghosalkar_credit Debanshu Bhaumik HP
November 20 | 18.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 10/7 €

Within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: In India, there is hardly any public support for culture. In her docu-fictional performance, the theater maker Anuja Ghoshalkar, as Double Agent X, searches for strategies in a hustle for survival as an artist.

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Company Christoph Winkler
We are going to Mars
We are Going to Mars_c_HP
November 22 | 18.00
November 23-30
Film/Video
Eintritt frei

We are Going to Mars uses international video works to explore the history of the first African space program and how the reception of this story has changed over the past fifty years. 

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Raus aus dem Kopf, rein in den Körper
Presse Clement Layes-Living Room HP1
November 25 | 18.00 - 19.30
Workshop
15/10 €

The workshop series for anyone who wants to bring more movement into their everyday (work-)life!

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Public in Private / Clémentine M. Songe
Living Room
Presse Clement Layes-Living Room HP4
November 25 26 27 | 20.30
November 28 | 16.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Living Room Clémentine M. Songe (aka Clément Layes) explores the dynamics of the living room, that place where we surround ourself with things that feel familiar, intimate, recognizable, safe. Transforming this room into a ‘living room’, a room that makes its own choices. In collaboration with an architect, a light designer and a visual artist, Clémentine M. Songe bare the many interrelations that appear between our lives and this place, showing how much we take our habitual environment for granted, relying on it in order to feel ‘at home’ in the world. 

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Rita Mazza + Anne Zander
Space 1880
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November 26 27 28 | 19.00
Tickets
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

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.

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Specials
Festival
Coming of Age
Coming of Age_Grafik HP
© Jan Grygoriew

Age is just a number – yet there is no getting around aging. In the midst of debates about the climate movement, identity politics, and body image, it is time to renegotiate long-established generational contracts. Not only has the recent pandemic history shown that questions of responsibility and solidarity need to be revisited. 
The performance festival COMING OF AGE, which will take place from September 15 to November 7 at Sophiensæle, is dedicated to various facets of aging in society - and looks at the different challenges of a phenomenon that affects us all.

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Jubilee
25 Jahre SOPHIENSÆLE
Saelebrations_c_Jan Grygoriew_HP
© Jan Grygoriew

The Sophiensæle theater is turning 25 and our festival Tanztage Berlin can also look back on its 25th anniversary and its 30th edition. That's why we are celebrating everything together on October 29: The Sophiensæle, the Tanztage Berlin and the book launch of our anniversary publication OPENINGS.

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Performance, Dance, Installation
Flinn Works: White Money
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Aderemi Adegbite & Konradin Kunze

Together with six international artists and in various performance formats, Flinn Works is dedicated to the theme of white money. White money flows from the arts funding bodies in Europe. It funds artists in the Global South or commissions work from artists in the Global South to be presented in the Global North. White money therefore shapes or reinforces inequalities and re-iterates racist and neo-colonial structures.  Flinn Works, like all art professionals who work across the invisible borders of Global North and Global South are deeply entangled in this structure. With a group of six artists and curators from different parts of the world, the project sheds light on some hidden aspects of white money.

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Sheena McGrandles Figured + Flush

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    Figured | © Martin Rottenkolber
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    Figured | © Martin Rottenkolber
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    Figured | © Martin Rottenkolber
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    Flush | © Michiel Keuper
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    Flush | © Michiel Keuper
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    Flush | © Michiel Keuper
Dance/film
2021 February 20-28
2021 March 01-06
2021 February 20 | 19.00
Online

Available as Video on Demand until March 06.

Few/No language

Figured and Flush are companion works by choreographer Sheena McGrandles that are part of an ongoing series on radical temporalities and illogical intimacies. Since the performances cannot be brought to the stage due to the pandemic, both works are reworked as dance for screen. The film is streamed on the external platform dringeblieben.de. There you also purchase your ticket. After the purchase you will receive a code via e-mail which is valid on two devices for the whole two weeks the stream is online. Please note that you can buy your ticket in the presale, but the video will be only online and streamable from the 20th of February, 19.00 PM, until the 6th of March. The ticketshop will be open all the time until the 6th of March. If you have problems with the procedure please contact chittka@sophiensaele.com or 030/27890045.

FIGURED
Forward, backward, cut, all back, repeat: two figures move in front of a wall. Their bodies and their relationship to each other are constantly interrupted and so are the narratives that unfold and disappear again. Concentrating on a complex composition and a detailed execution of movement, choreographer Sheena McGrandles uncovers the absurdity and artificiality of the everyday gesture. With a soundtrack created from various field recordings ranging from refrigerator to demo, Figured sticks persistently to the detail and insists on putting his - and our - attention to it, over and over again.

FLUSH
Isn‘t it a nice place here? Looks gorgeous. Nestled between thorn bushes and dark cut out trees. They sink slowly into the surface of the earth. They soon realise it was a trap and blame their big eyes for misreading the situation…

Following Gertrude Stein's concept of the Landscape Play, choreographer Sheena McGrandles breaks down linear and traditional forms of narration to create FLUSH, a study on radical temporaries and illogical intimacies – which may even evoke a new lesbian timing and aesthetic. The highly technical and stylized choreography moves through formal ordering principles of juxtaposition, simultaneity, multiplicity, and repetition, exploring a new approach to traditional representations of time.

For questions or information about accessibility, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

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.

FIGURED: CONCEPT, director Sheena McGrandles PERFORMANCE Sheena McGrandles, Annegret Schalke SOUND Stellan Veloce LIGHT DESIGN Annegret Schalke STAGE DESIGN Sheena McGrandles OUTSIDE EYE Zinzi Buchanan FILM CO-DIRECTION AND EDIT Melanie Jame Wolf FILM CAMERA TINT Film Collective (Mireia Guzmán Sanjaume, Svea Immel, Katharina Voß)

FLUSH: CONCEPT, DIRECTOR Sheena McGrandles PERFORMANCE Sheena McGrandles, Annegret Schalke, Ewa Dziarnowska SOUND Stellan Veloce LIGHTING DESIGN Elliott Cennetoglu LIGHTS Sanja Gergoric DRAMATURGY Thomas Schaupp, Mila Pavicevic STAGE, COSTUMES Michiel Keuper, Martin Sieweke TEXT Sheena McGrandles, Mila Pavicevic FILM CO-DIRECTION AND EDIT Melanie Jame Wolf FILM CAMERA TINT Film Collective (Mireia Guzmán Sanjaume, Svea Immel, Katharina Voß) PRODUCTION ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture

Figured is a production by Sheena McGrandles. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, supported by Agora MOVE Berlin. Flush is a production by Sheena McGrandles and ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Siobhan Davies Dance London and the Goethe-Institut London.

Both films were made possible by funding from the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung