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James Batchelor + Collaborators
An Evening-length Performance
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August 12 13 14 15 | 19.00
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Dance
Festsaal |

With An Evening-­length Performance, Australian choreographer James Batchelor reimagines the baroque ballroom as a place for queer encounters and expression.

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Colette Sadler + Mikko Gaestel
ARK 1
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August 13 | 16.00
August 13 | 17.30
August 13 | 19.00
August 13 | 20.30
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Dance

In this im­mersive solo performance installation, choreographer Colette Sadler and visual artist Mikko Gaestel thematise the future of the human in relation to technology inside the virtual architecture of a 3D environment.

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Turbo Pascal
Irgendwie Mitte
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August 18 19 20 21 | 21.30
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10/15/25/50 €

Many people classify themselves as belonging to society's "Mitte". But where exactly is that - somewhere between top and bottom, rich and poor? As part of a four-part live reality series, Turbo Pascal go in search of the diffuse categories and relationships that make up the so-called "Mitte". To do this, the collective looks around its own circle of family, friends and acquaintances.

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Thiago Granato
The Sound They Make When No One Listens
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August 19 20 21 22 | 19.00
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Dance
Festsaal |

In times of an ecological, political and personal crisis, Brazilian choreographer Thiago Granato explores the act of listening.

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Melanie Jame Wolf mit Teresa Vittucci
SHOW BUSINESS
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August 30 31 | 20.00
September 01 02 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

There’s no business like show business. In their first performance evening together, Melanie Jame Wolf and Teresa Vittucci explore the problems and pleasures of: What does it take to make a show great?

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Making A Difference
Owning spaces - Conversations and actions from bed
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September 01-05

ConferenCE ON Zoom
September 01-05

As disabled artist-curators Kate Marsh and Noa Winter invite to conversations, practice, safer spaces and public sharings.

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TANZSCOUT ZU SHOWBUSINESS
Tanzscout Show Business
September 01 | 19.00
5€

The Tanzscout Tune-In offers a playful and creative engagement with the subject of the performance Show Business.

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KRISTINA + KAROLINA DREIT, ANNA TRZPIS-MCLEAN
FASHIONSHOW: WORKING CLASS DAUGHTERS
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September 04 05 | 17.00 - 22.00
Eintritt frei

The installation negotiates issues of class, gender and migration. In a subtle way it plays with conventions of fashion shows and refers to a current phenomenon in which so-called "workwear" finds its way into high fashion contexts. What's classy if you're rich, but trashy if you're poor?

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Julia*n Meding
TRAUMASCAPE
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September 04-08 | 20.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

In her new work Traumascape, Julia*n Meding investigates the connections between rationality and violence in the history of European knowledge.

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Coming of Age
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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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Siegmar Zacharias & Neha Chriss WAVES #2 - LISTENING SESSIONS TOWARDS SOCIAL BODIES Chronotropia

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Listening session series
Online
0/5/10 €

ALL, WHOSE FINANCIAL SITUATION ALLOWS IT, CAN BUY A TICKET AFTER REGISTRATION.

Suitable for English Speakers

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 how to operate Zoom can be found HERE.

Chronotropia collects the circadian journeys of the heart and shares sonic relationships with listeners. It invites to connect with our hearts and bodies over distance and experience the resonant frequencies of heart synchronisation.

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.

NEXT DATE: JULY 02, 2021

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).

NEHA CHRISS is a para-academic, software engineer, sound designer, and noise artist interrogating the field of neurophysiology. As a black trans artist*, her work explores non-dual conceptual isolations and integrations, rehabilitation ecologies, and prosocial behavior. Her recent focus is on polyvagal theory and political solidarities. Neha's practices include both temporal and visceral methods, uncovering isometries and critical theories near auditory phenomena, psychoemotive states, sociopolitical movement, and trauma recovery. Neha's work is supported via digital sound production and audio programming languages. Works:  Hexing the Space - Recombinant Festival, Gray Area, SF, CA, Gravity Collapse - Pro Arts Oakland, CA, Dissotiation and Sense of Security, Polyvagal Theory and Political Solidarity - FFT Düsseldorf: Training for political imaginaries: currated by Siegmar Zacharias.

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A production by Siegmar Zacharias in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE and FFT Düsseldorf. Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR. Aid Programme Dance as well as the Gwaertler Foundation. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung