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Tomi Paasonen
Pas de Q
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December 01 02 03 | 20.00
December 04 | 18.00
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Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Pas de Q enters the classical ballet world to turn choreographic forms and traditions upside down and reinvent them. A queer ensemble of male and non-binary dancers
pushes movement, dance and queer aesthetics to the extreme. In a utopian science fiction world, the team fuses drag art and pointe dance into a labyrinth of imaginative perversions, beyond morality and shame. 

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Enad Marouf
In My Hand a Word
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December 09 10 | 20.00
December 10 | 17.00
December 11 | 18.00
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Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In the scenic adaptation of his own text, the Syrian-German performance and video artist Enad Marouf deals with loss from a queer perspective: the loss of family, home and relationships, but also that of meaning and language. The audience enters a place where fragments overlap. Two figures move through scenes whose internal coherence continues to unravel through memories, anecdotes, and associative references.

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Melanie Jame Wolf
The Creep
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December 17 18 | 16.00
Performance

The Creep at feldfünf is the first in a series of installations by Berlin based choreographer and visual artist, Melanie Jame Wolf, in which she will enact her ongoing creep studies. It is a choreography between two figures – a cowboy and a mountain – embodying a poetic meditation on violence and storytelling.

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Jelena Stefanoska & Saša Asentić
Жизела / Giselle
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December 17 18 | 18.00
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Festsaal | 15/10 €

Жизела / Giselle uses dance and language to explore the similarities and differences between the artist Jelena Stefanoska and the tragic ballet character Giselle. The piece tells of the need to love and be loved – and, above all, of the desire and feeling to live a life with dignity.

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Tanztage Berlin 2023
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JANUAR 05 – 21

Hey, why do you look so tired? "Urgency culture" expects us to be connected and responsive constantly. There is little to no time left to imagine the world otherwise. Tanztage Berlin – a yearly festival highlighting the work of the city's emerging dance makers – is back to diagnose the present and predict the future. Its 32nd edition investigates our daily overstimulation and chronic fatigue by reflecting on how we move to the rhythm of today's high-speed, social media-driven reality and its challenges.

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen Let‘s J̶u̶s̶t̶ Be Friends

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Performance
2022 October 13 14 15 | 19.00
2022 October 16 | 17.00
Hochzeitssaal

Premiere 

in German

Friendships play a major role in pop cultural narratives. In male friendships, loyal companions navigate their way through difficult situations in the heroic epic – while girlfriends sit gossiping in the café or play each other off the other. It is only through feminist struggles that strong female characters and thus strong friendships become visible. 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. How does an officially unbinding friendship change when we build houses together, raise children, start a business, or provide for old age?    

At the same time, the performance invites friends to talk about their relationships with each other. Simone Dede Ayivi and accomplices share their experiences with the help of videos, audio clips and drawn animations. Together, Simone Dede Ayivi and accomplices will not only reflect on the meaning of friendship – but also celebrate it!

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change until the day of the event.

The play lasts approximately 60 minutes without intermission and is in German spoken language. It is suitable for audiences 14 years and older. Video sequences are projected onto a large object in the room. Some of these sequences are recorded live by three cameras in the room. Diffuse lighting with soft transitions, fog, haze and a disco ball are used on stage. The music is atmospheric. The audience area is seated in the last row. In the rows in front, there are seat cushions on the terraced tribune. There are two wheelchair seats and two beanbag seats in the front row, which can be reserved or purchased at the online ticket store or box office, depending on availability. If you need a specific seat or a more relaxed admission due to visible or invisible disabilities, please arrive 20-30 minutes before the performance begins to take advantage of our early boarding offer.

SIMONE DEDE AYIVI's performances explore issues of representation, resistance and community. Her works are biographically motivated, mostly interview-based research projects. With her accomplices she has developed performances in cooperation with the Sophiensælen Berlin, the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt and the Festival Theaterformen. She has worked as a director at the Schauspielhaus Graz and the Theater Oberhausen. In 2022 she received one of the Tabori awards from the Fonds Darstellende Künste. Ayivi studied cultural sciences and aesthetic practice in Hildesheim. She is one of the authors of "Eure Heimat ist unser Albtraum" and has published in various anthologies. She continues to write for  Zeit Online, Tagesspiegel, Missy Magazin and taz

 

CONCEPT, TEXT, PERFORMANCE Simone Dede Ayivi DRAMATURGY Aidan Riebensahm STAGE + COSTUME DESIGN Theresa Reiwer VIDEO Jones Seitz MUSIC + SOUND houaïda LIGHTING Frieder Miller PROJECT CO-WORK Charlotte Rosengarth, Luca Plaumann EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE Laron Janus SOUND Christiane Uhlig Produktionsleitung ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro Technische Produktion Gefährliche Arbeit WITH INTERVIEWS BY Chrissi Helmke + Dirk Kaufmann, Lina Mahko + Francesca Sika Dede Puhlmann, Andrzej Profus + Cash Hauke, Eleonore, Hannah Levy + Johanna Stevens, Sbouti + Juju

A production by Simone Dede Ayivi and Kompliz*innen in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR. Media partner: Missy Magazine, RosaMagtaz, die tageszeitung.