Programme
Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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September 26 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
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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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Siegmar Zacharias & Judith Hamann WAVES #6 – Listening Sessions Towards Social Bodies Vibrare

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Listening session series
2021 December 13 | 20.00
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The listening sessions take place on zoom and are open for everybody. They consist of an introduction, the collective listening, and an integrating conversation. Please listen with headphones. To participate, you must download the Zoom software and agree to its privacy policy. A manual on how to operate zoom can be found HERE.

Waves #6: Vibrare attempts to frame the capacity of vibration between bodies as something that inhabits a haptic space: one of connection and "touch" via compassionate forms of resonance. Drawing on work with humming, shaking, and relational frameworks for exploring harmonic and textural experiences of sound, Judith’s session will also continue their work on the sensation of collapse as a generative site of possibility, as a speculative sonic surface, or as a membrane for holding feeling.

A wave is a disturbance that moves energy from one place to another. Waves travel through matter and space. Light travels through the universe connecting celestial bodies. Sound travels around the planet, through bodies of water and matter. Seismic waves shake up the ground.
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. It is a sonic container to experience being shaken and connected together. The listening sessions are sound meditations for wondering together into a space where we do not need to be alone. Building on a feminist practice of nourishment and regeneration we want to sustain transformative quaking while asking: How can we be together otherwise. At the same time let us acknowledge the grief present in this time.
We offer WAVES to practice giving our bodies as resonance spaces for each other to be in the wild spaces of grief, joy, pleasure, of connection through sound. We invite you to plug into the transformative power of collective grieving, collective listening, collective regeneration. Let's gather the energy we need to make a change.

Siegmar Zacharias (RO/D) works with different formats - performances, lectures and installations - that deal with the juxtaposition and opposition of theory and material. These oscillate aesthetically between labor and humor, do-it-yourself low- and high-tech. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in theaters and festivals, in galleries and conferences, in greenhouses, in the forest and in the sky. The subject of her art are questions of co-authorship, the role of the audience, and the formation of affective knowledge and experience. Zacharias is a member of the collective SXS Enterprise and co-founder of the artistic exchange and research platform WOW - WE WORK HERE. In addition to her art, she is also a lecturer - among others at DasArts (NL), DOCH (SWE), HZT Berlin and Folkwang University Essen. Her work develops formats of performances, immersive installations, discursive encounters that address questions of generative ethical dynamics of transformation: ecologies of artistic and social practice, agency, trauma work, death-positivity. She works with people and uncontrollable material such as smoke, mucus and the nervous system. For example, SLIME DYNAMICS (Sophiensæle Berlin, FFT Düsseldorf), Drooling Lecture (Tanznacht & MontagsModus Berlin, Centro Centro Madrid, Forum Amsterdam, FFT Düsseldorf) were created. With the idea of doing artistic research in public, she developed 24-hour immersive curatorial projects under the title Training for political imagination since 2017, where researchers*, artists*, activists* were invited to share their work with the audience. Events emerged such as: The Other Thing (MDT Stockholm 2017), Intimacy with Death (Agora Berlin 2018), Posthuman Solidarities (FFT Düsseldorf 2019), ANIMAterialities - The Future of Grief (FFT Düsseldorf 2020).

Judith Hamann is a cellist and performer/composer from Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. They have “long been recognised as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary-music cellists” (RealTime Arts) and as a composer who “destroys the fiction of the musician who lives and works outside conventional parameters and puts in its place a series of compositions that are fundamentally humane” (Louise Grey, WIRE Magazine). Their work encompasses performance, improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, field recording, electronics, site specific generative work, and micro-tonal systems in a deeply considered process based creative practice. In the past, they mostly focused on performing as a process/practice, which took place in many contexts and locations. This included things like Tectonics, Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), Maerzmusik (Berlin), The Los Angeles Philharmonic Fluxus Festival (LA), Tokyo Experimental Festival (Tokyo), AURAL (Mexico City), SiDance Festival (Seoul), No Idea Festival (Austin), and Dark Mofo (Hobart). Judith’s work has previously been published by labels including Blank Forms, Black Truffle, Another Timbre, Longform Editions, Marginal Frequency and the Sonic Arts Research Unit's Audiograft festival. Judith holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

Composition Judith Hamann hosting Siegmar Zacharias