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Leisure & Pleasure Siegmar Zacharias RE_GENERATION

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Immersive Performance/Listening Session
June 16 17 | 19.30
In English

The planets, the water, the plants, the inanimate objects, the human animals vibrate and argue with each other. Things, atoms and particles consist of vibrating energy. In different states we vibrate differently. In sorrow we vibrate differently than in joy, in fear differently than in ecstasy. How could we be together differently in a time where grief and loss, anger and fear accumulate?
Artist Siegmar Zacharias, together with scent alchemist Liza Witte, textile artist Lea Kieffer, and musician Steve Heather, invite us to make our bodies available as resonant spaces for each other to vibrate in the wild spaces of grief, joy and pleasure together with many generations. The sound material is based on the solfeggio frequencies, also called universal frequencies, found in all given natural phenomena. In an immersive landscape of relational objects, crystallized cultural debris, scents of future memories and sounds, a space of being connected in the transformative power of collective mourning, regeneration and listening together is created.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event. Therefore, if you find out after you have purchased your ticket that the performance is no longer accessible to you, you can contact us for a ticket return at or 030 27 89 00 45 until 5 business days after the event (Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm).


  • 90 minutes


  • English spoken Language


  • There is an installation in the room through which the audience can move in the first half of the performance.
  • There are objects and mattresses spread out on the floor. However, there are also paths that are accessible without objects/mattresses on the floor.


  • Blue, dimmed light is used.
  • During the performances there are 3 soft light changes.


  • The performance uses strong vibration in the sound.
  • The sound range of the human voice is used.
  • The sound material in the second half of the performance is based on Romanian laments and universal frequencies. These are frequencies that can be found in all given natural phenomena.

Other effects

  • Organic smells are specifically used in the performance.

Audience area

  • During the first 30 minutes, the audience can move freely through the installation in the space and walk around the installation. Afterwards, each visitor will find a place in the room and listen to the soundscape while lying or sitting.
  • There are mattresses on the floor throughout the room.
  • 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
  • 2 wheelchair places bookable according to availability
  • Through the performance, the audience has the opportunity to perceive their own body and to feel how frequencies move through the body.
  • The audience is addressed directly by the performers (live and in audio track).
  • After arrangement, the performers will touch individuals during the performance or place objects on their bodies. At the beginning the audience will be asked if this is wanted.

Early boarding

If, for artistic reasons, the door to the auditorium does not open until very shortly before the performance begins, there is the option of early boarding.


  • Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm-6pm
  • Via the online ticket shop
  • At the box office

You can also find more information about accessibility here.

SIEGMAR ZACHARIAS is a queerfeminist transdisciplinary artist, activist, researcher, end-of-life caregiver, and healing practitioner. She explores collective practices of transformation as training for unknown futures in art, radical pedagogy, and social justice. Siegmar collaborates with uncontrollable materials. During the pandemic, the online listening session series WAVES - listening towards social bodies. was created as a collective mourning work and enabling touch.

LEA KIEFFER is a dance artist and costume/dress maker. Her work explores the dialogue between imagination and physicality through dance, bodywork and craft in hybrid and transdisciplinary formats.

LIZA WITTE is a perfumer and alchemist based in Amsterdam. Her product collection is based on her unique handcrafted fragrances and high-quality ingredients. All of her products are carefully handcrafted in small batches in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

STEVE HEATHER is a Melbourne-born multi-instrumentalist (drums, percussion, electronics) and composer from Berlin, Germany. His music treats sound as matter in relation to other matter, such as the human body. Steve collaborated with Siegmar on the project WAVES – listening towards social bodies, among others.

CONCEPT, VOICEWORK Siegmar Zacharias INSTALLATION Lea Kieffer (textile sculptures), Siegmar Zacharias (chrystalised and relational objects) SCENT Liza Witte SOUND DESIGN Steve Heather PERFORMANCE Franz Bayerhofer, Lea Kieffer, Liza Witte, Siegmar Zacharias, Steve Heather ASSISTANTS Timothée Nay, Meroe (Sophie Vautour) THANKS FOR SCULPTURE ACTIVATION + CRAFT Loubna Baba Ahmed, Simo Vassinen, Lea Marie Uria Gracia, Nina Hynes, Moss Beynon Juckes SPECIAL THANKS TEXTILHAFEN for collecting and washing and providing us with jeans.

A production by Siegmar Zacharias in co-production with FFT Düsseldorf. Funded by the Kunststiftung NRW and the Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser and kindly supported by Heizhaus PSR. The guest performance as part of Leisure & Pleasure is funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung.