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Marjani Forté-Saunders + Meena Murugesan Memoirs of a Unicorn: A Film (First Cut)

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October 25 26 | 20.00 Online film screening + talk
ONLINE | EINTRITT FREI

In her triple Bessie award-winning solo, choreographer and dancer Marjani Forté-Saunders pays tribute to the "unicorns" of her life and her community: formative figures such as father, son and brother, homies, pahtnas and fams. The choreography interweaves memories of her father - his mystical knowledge, his love for science fiction literature and his special ability to create realities - with collective memories and historical fragments.

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Jess Thom Biscuits without Borders:
October 27 | 12.00 Lecture via Zoom
Online | EINTRITT FREI

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Lernen aus dem Lockdown? Nachdenken über Freies Theater.
October 27 | 19.00 Book launch
Festsaal + Online | JETZT ANMELDEN!

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Jess Thom Disability Culture in a time of Pandemic
October 29 | 12.00 Lecture via Zoom
Online | EINTRITT FREI

Touretteshero co-founder Jess Thom examines and reflects on the barriers and opportunities that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown.

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Raus aus dem Kopf, rein in den Körper
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October 29 | 18.00 Online Workshop
Online | EINTRITT FREI

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Flinn Works Learning Feminism from Rwanda
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October 29 30 31 | 21.00
November 01 | 18.00
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

How does the women's quota change culture and mindset? With flaming speeches, statistics, lamentations and protest choreographies Flinn Works follow the trail of Rwandan fast-track feminism.

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Teresa Vittucci, Michael Turinsky + Claire Vivianne Sobottke We Bodies
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October 30 31 | 18.00 Dance / Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

To resist categories like "normal" or "beautiful", the three performers create a series of exorcisms in which they distort pop-cultural figures and phenomena into monstrousness.

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Jule Flierl, Luise Meier oder Vera Pulido In Walking Distance
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October 31
November 01
Outdoor Walk
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite audiences to encounter artists 1:1 on walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Tanzscout 2.0
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November 02-12 Tune-In & Wrap-Up
Online | EINTRITT FREI

This online Audio Tune-in & Collage Wrap-up enables the Tanzscout-Team to carry on, establishing connections between dance piece and viewers - hurray!

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Isabelle Schad Knotting & Rotations
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November 06 07 08 09 | 20.00 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Isabelle Schad celebrates the beauty of simple movement sequences in two powerful solos.

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Company Christoph Winkler It's All Forgotten Now
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November 12 13 14 | 20.00 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

Dance meets music, film, video and spoken word: A performative homage to Mark Fisher.

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Vanessa Stern Sleeping Duties
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November 19 20 21 22 | 19.30 theater
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

A railroad movie meets a chamber play: Four train passengers keep themselves awake with problems on their way to Spitzbergen.

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Sheena McGrandles Figured
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November 21 22 | 15.00 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

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.

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Sheena McGrandles Flush
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November 21 22 | 16.30 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

Sheena McGrandles composes stylized body landscapes calling both to the erotic and absurd.

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matthaei & konsorten Die Sumpfgeborene
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November 27 28 | 20.00
November 29 | 18.00
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

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Johannes Müller / Philine Rinnert + Paul Frick Nothing will be archived
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December 03 04 05 | 19.30
December 06 | 18.00
Performance/Music theatre
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

In a musical-performative essay, Müller/Rinnert listen to historical sites on the outskirts of Berlin and their history, which still echo today.

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Interrobang Familiodrom
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December 08 09 | 19.30
December 12 13 | 16.00
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

In Familiodrom, Interrobang gives birth to a child together with the audience. Immediately the freshly baked parents' collective is stuck in the ideological swamp of cloth diapers, ready-to-eat porridge, sleep training, shame and guilt.

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Interrobang Livestream: Familiodrom
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December 08 09 | 19.30
December 12 13 | 16.00
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Online | 10/7 EURO

In Familiodrom, Interrobang gives birth to a child together with the audience. Immediately the freshly baked parents' collective is stuck in the ideological swamp of cloth diapers, ready-to-eat porridge, sleep training, shame and guilt.

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Kareth Schaffer Question of Belief
December 10 11 12 13 | 19.30 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

In her new work, choreographer Kareth Schaffer devotes herself to the demons of today's world: between actionism and laziness, distraction and apathy, the performers Madalina Dan and Manon Parent fight their way through the stage landscape.

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Clément Layes / Public in Private Reste
December 17 18 | 19.30 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Why do we want things? In a stage design recycled from performances of the last decade, Clément Layes looks at materiality, agency, and into the things that unwillingly accompany a given action.

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          Risk and Resilience Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen The Kids Are Alright Eine Stimmenzusammenführung

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          Performance / Installation


          Hochzeitssaal
          15/10 EURO

          In German

          Notice

          Since the audience can move freely through the room during the installation, it is obligatory to wear a mouth and nose cover.

          "We want our children to have a better life," our parents said.
          "We want our children to have a better life," we say.

          The Kids Are Alright is dedicated to family stories, generational conflicts, political struggles and visions of the future in families with a history of migration. Children of the second and third generation of immigrants often live with the narrative that their parents came to Germany so that they could "build something for their children". But what do we and our children actually want to have built - literally and figuratively? Simone Dede Ayivi and accomplices have held talks with grandparents, parents and children from different communities and present their diverging ideas of a "better life" in a performative installation.

          ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
          The video and audio installation in German spoken language lasts about 40 minutes and can be visited by 15 people per time slot. The installation uses rapid light changes and video cuts, as well as sudden loud music. The volume can be adjusted individually by each visitor via his or her own headphones. Silence in the audience is not mandatory. Visitors can move around during the show. Therefore, it is obligatory to wear a face mask during the entire performance. If you prefer to sit down or stay at a place of your own choice you are welcome to do so and won’t miss any content. Podiums and swivel seating elements without backrests as well as two beanbags are available for seating. If you need a break, you are welcome to leave the room and re-enter at any time. It is possible to retire to the foyer and bar area on the ground floor (accessible via staircase or elevator) or to the courtyard. The information on accessibility will be continuously updated. If you have any questions or require further information, please don't hesitate to contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

          SIMONE DEDE AYIVI lives in Berlin, produces text and makes theatre from a black feminist perspective. She searches for the revolutionary spirit and solidarity in everyday life. In doing so, she treads paths of remembrance and rediscovery - making political struggles and emancipatory movements, black history and the present visible. Her performances discuss questions of representation, resistance and community. With afro-futuristic narratives she creates a space for utopias in the theatre.

          CONCEPT Simone Dede Ayivi Video Jones Seitz sCenography Theresa Reiwer Sound And MusiC Katharina Pelosi LIGHT Frieder Miller PRODUCTION ASSISTANT, dramaturgical contribution Selma Böhmelmann SCENOGRAPHY ASSISTANT Chris Erlbeck Camera outdoor shots Thomas Machholz experts Nabila Bushra, Fatma Kar, Lenssa Mohammed, Dan Thy Nguyen, Kadir Özdemir PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro TECHNICAL PRODUCTION Gefährliche Arbeit THANKS TO Caetano, Cynthia, David Egger, Bibiana Estavão, Hanno, Fabian Yun Arat Walter Habricht, Leonardo, Luca, Mariana, Oscar, Queila, Rosana, Philip Selmke, Sandra, Patrick Tscheligi, Tahir, Jan Weidner, Rosa Wernecke, queer ear mastering

          A production by Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the basic funding of the Senate Departement for Culture and Europe and by means of the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.