Sophiensæle 23/24


The programme 23/24 of Sophiensæle starts on 07.12.2023

On 7.12.2023, after urgently needed renovation work, the 2023/2024 season will begin at the Sophiensaele under the new artistic direction of Andrea Niederbuchner and Jens Hillje. We will publish the programme for the opening and the season on 26.10.2023, which is also the day when the pre-sale begins.

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Every new year, the Tanztage Berlin is not only the city's very first festival, it has also established itself nationally and internationally as an important platform for emerging dance artists since its founding in 1996. The next edition of Tanztage Berlin will once again take place under the artistic direction of Mateusz Szymanówka. The festival is currently planned for 5-20 January 2024. The festival offers emerging dance artists based in Berlin a framework for their new productions and revivals. The programme of the last two editions can be found at:

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Leisure & Pleasure Sophie Guisset Vanilla

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June 22 23 24 25 | 20.00


In English

Vanilla: the opposite of kinky, a word used to describe someone with little inclination to do anything spontaneous or exciting, either sexually, or in general everyday life.

Vanilla sex: sex that usually doesn't explore the edges of people's comfort zones the way kinky sex might. Vanilla sex is also a term for whatever is stereotypically normal in any given period of time or social circle.

In Vanilla three performers explore the relationship of pleasure, sexual desire and food to question normativity in sexual practices.Through the intimate and vulnerable sharing of personal and fictional sex stories, the performance conducts a warm and soft exercise of imagination. In the process, the careful making and savoring of sauces on stage reflects on the care that is essential in sexual encounters. Sexuality can be everywhere and at any time. Vanilla gently invites the audience to open their sexual fantasy box and to put together their own recipes.

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).


  • 50 minutes


  • English spoken Language


  • The walls of the stage are black.
  • The floor is yellow.
  • Sauces are being cooked on the stage.


  • The lighting situation remains in tones of yellow throughout the performance.


  • During the performance, there is a low level of soundscape.
  • At some points, the sound and spoken words of the performers overlap.

Other effects

  • A fog machine will be used during the entrance.


  • The performers tell personal and fictional sex stories during the performance.


  • Grandstand with seat cushions on one side of the room. There are also seat cushions on the floor in front of the first row of the grandstand.
  • 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability
  • In two moments, the performers distribute lube to the audience.

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.

Sophie Guisset is a Berlin based performer and performance maker. Her artistic practice focuses on the notions of intimacy, pleasure and playfulness. In her performances, she engages with spaces that allow protagonists, or players, to find a certain freedom and safety in order to explore private spheres. After completing her education in acting at the Royal Conservatory of Mons (BE) in 2011, she took part in the Dance Intensive Program at Tanzfabrik. Berlin in 2013. She has been collaborating with a.o. Olga Tsvetkova, Fanny Brouyaux, Consolate Sipérius, Enis Turan, Natasza Gerlach and Phillip Urrutia.

Concept, Performance Sophie Guisset Artistic Collaboration, Performance Enis Turan Artistic Collaboration, Performance, Stage Design Cee Füllemann Performance Juan Felipe Amaya Gonzales Dramaturgy, Artistic Advice Lisa Vereertbrugghen Light Design Emilio Cordero Checa Sound Design Diana Dobrescu Text Adviser Melanie Jame Wolf External Eye Fanny Brouyaux Production Lara Joy Bues

A production by Sophie Guisset in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE, WpZimmer, Kunstencentrum Viernulvier, Charleroi Danse. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Flemish Authorities (BE). The research was supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR, and Kampnagel Hamburg. Thank you to Helga Baert, Matthieu Goeury, Marieke De Munck. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung.