Programme
Tomorrow | 19:00
Doris Uhlich
Tank
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October 20 21 | 19.00
Tickets
Dance/Performance
Festsaal | 15/10€

Trapped in a glass TANK, Doris Uhlich evokes cinematic, robotic and medical associations and enters into a captivating, almost cinematic exploration of the body as a field of experimentation. 

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Schwenk & Schmans
Im Wald mit...
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October 19-31
November 01-07

In March 2021, four intergenerational hiking groups set off through Berlin's forests which. Schoolchildren ranging between the ages of nine and thirteen hiked with one or two grandparents by their side or accompanying them on the phone. Schwenk & Schmans have brought together the images, videos, audios, texts, questions and thoughts collected during these walks, creating a documentary.

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Vanessa Stern
Gebeine. Die Frieda, die ich meine
Ursula Maria_HP
October 19-31
November 01-07
Eintritt frei

Eleven old women remember Frieda in eleven short films. They all tell the truth, but each one knows something different. >> Watch online here.

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Cora Rudy van Dongen Frost/ Franz Reimer
Sogar dein Tod war ein Geschenk
Walter Pressefoto 2_HP
October 21 22 23 | 21.00
October 22 23 24 | 18.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

This evening tells the story of the friendship between Cora Frost and Walter Ladengast, the actor, lyricist, painter, photographic artist and neighbor from Cora's childhood days. We listen to his voice and watch as his paintings and photographs form a slow film of his life. 

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Interrobang
Deep Godot: Onlineversion
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October 25-31
November 01-07
Tickets
10/7 €

After the successful live version, the audience now gets in touch with the AI DEEP GODOT from the comfort of their own home. The performance collective develops and trains DEEP GODOT, an A.I. that offers individual age guidance for people from 15 to 100plus. Through the Smart Ageing program, DEEP GODOT gets to know people long before they reach the end of their lives, in order to better and more personally accompany, entertain, care for and prepare them for their death later in life.

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Stages of Ageing I: Altern in der freien Szene – Das Berlin Panel
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October 25 | 19.00

Stages of Ageing - the discourse programme of the Coming of Age festival takes a look at those needs in old age(s), that have so far been neglected in our society and in the structures of the independent theatre scene. Stages of Ageing I is a discussion on the topic of ageing and intergenerational justice in the Berlin independent scene as well as a presentation of a position paper by the AG Konzeptgeförderte Gruppen for the interests of artists and groups working in Berlin for many years.

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Stages of Ageing II: Altern in der freien Szene – das überregionale Panel
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October 26 | 19.00

Stages of Ageing - the discourse programme of the Coming of Age festival takes a look at those needs in old age(s), that have so far been neglected in our society and in the structures of the independent theatre scene. Stages of Ageing II is a national talk about visibility, wishes and best practice on ageing in the performing arts.

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Stages of Ageing: Altern in der freien Szene
Intergenerationale Peer to Peer-Academy über das Alter(n) in der Freien Szene
October 27 | 10.00

Stages of Ageing - the discourse programme of the Coming of Age festival takes a look at those needs in old age(s), that have so far been neglected in our society and in the structures of the independent theatre scene. In moderated peer-to-peer conversations we want to deal with aging in the independent scene and look for new ways and forms of intergenerational exchange of experiences and mutual support. 

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25 Jahre SOPHIENSÆLE
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October 29 | 18.00
Feast
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The Sophiensæle theater is turning 25 and our festival Tanztage Berlin can also look back on its 25th anniversary and its 30th edition. That's why we are celebrating everything together on October 29: The Sophiensæle, the Tanztage Berlin and the book launch of our anniversary publication OPENINGS.

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Corinne Maier
Die Zufügung
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October 30 31 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

Corinne Maier presents a gripping lecture performance on the subject of age and aging with text fragments by the exceptional author Gerlind Reinshagen, improvisations by the performer and the music of Elvis Presley.

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Lajos Talamonti
Alter Hase
Alter Hase_c_HP
November 04 05 06 07 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10€

Five former dancers look back on the time of their common classical artistic imprint. In a last joint dance they make the rigid structures of classical dance pliable and tell of life as an often surprising school, the method of which everyone has to invent anew for themselves every day.

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Markus&Markus Theaterkollektiv
Die Brieffreundschaft
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November 10 11 12 13 | 19.30
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Penthesilea, Judith, Clytemnestra, Medea, Lady Macbeth. Night after night, we let ourselves be sprinkled by their acts of violence enjoying the drama, murder and killing. If they were not trapped in Reclam books, they would probably be in prison. There, the Markus&Markus theater collective tracked down the - very real - protagonists of this evening for their new play and began to write them letters. An evening of theater that poses questions about humanity - and about second chances - in a new way.

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Flinn Works
Artist Talk auf Zoom
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November 10 | 20.00

Through an online public conversation with Sophia Stepf (Artistic Director Flinn Works), Nora Amin will bring forward the criticism of the stigmatisation of the so called ’’belly dance'' 

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Siegmar Zacharias & Samuel Hertz
WAVES #5 – Listening Sessions Towards Social Bodies
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November 15 | 20.00
Tickets

Sound meditations to dwell together in a space where we do not have to be alone: 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. 

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Rehema Chachage | Aderemi Adegbite
I shredded them on your behalf | Tutuola Institute
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November 17 18 | 18.00
November 19 | 17.00
November 20 | 16.00
November 20 | 19.00
Kantine |

Installations in the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: Artist Rehema Chachage shreds rejected grant applications and turns them into paper airplanes; the curator and artist Aderemi Adgebite shows video art in the newly founded Nigerian Cultural Institute and invites individual viewers to spiritual consultations by professional fortune tellers.

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Abhishek Thapar
Untitled (AT)
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November 17 18 | 18.30
November 19 20 | 18.00
November 20 | 16.30
Tickets
Performance
10/7 €

Within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: Untitled sends preconceived perceptions and everyday uses of money through the shredder. As money is stripped of its value and returned to its source material - paper - the artistic work brings forth other meanings and explores the value of "worth."

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Azade Shahmiri | Anuja Ghosalkar
Tempor(e)ality | Double Agent X
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November 17 | 20.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Double bill within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money:  In a lecture performance, the Tehran artist Azade Shahmiri examines the historically imagined representation of the West in Iranian theater, while the Indian artist Anuja Ghosalkar presents in a docu-fictional performance strategies for securing an artistic existence.

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Anuja Ghosalkar | Nora Amin
Double Agent X | My Dance
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November 18 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Double bill within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: The Indian artist Anuja Ghosalkar presents in a docu-fictional performance strategies for securing an artistic existence, while Nora Amin liberates the so-called belly dance from the sediments of history.

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Flinn Works
Artist Talk
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November 19 | 18.00
Festsaal |

The Flinn Works team and Abhishek Thapar talk about the project White Money.

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Azade Shahmiri | Nora Amin
Tempor(e)ality | My Dance
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November 19 20 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Double bill within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: In a lecture performance, the Tehran artist Azade Shahmiri examines the historically imagined representation of the West in Iranian theater, while Nora Amin liberates the so-called belly dance from the sediments of history.

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Anuja Ghosalkar
Double Agent X
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November 20 | 18.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 10/7 €

Within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: In India, there is hardly any public support for culture. In her docu-fictional performance, the theater maker Anuja Ghoshalkar, as Double Agent X, searches for strategies in a hustle for survival as an artist.

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Company Christoph Winkler
We are going to Mars
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November 22 | 18.00
November 23-30
Film/Video
Eintritt frei

We are Going to Mars uses international video works to explore the history of the first African space program and how the reception of this story has changed over the past fifty years. 

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Public in Private / Clémentine M. Songe
Living Room
November 25 26 27 | 20.30
November 28 | 16.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Living Room Clémentine M. Songe (aka Clément Layes) explores the dynamics of the living room, that place where we surround ourself with things that feel familiar, intimate, recognizable, safe. Transforming this room into a ‘living room’, a room that makes its own choices. In collaboration with an architect, a light designer and a visual artist, Clémentine M. Songe bare the many interrelations that appear between our lives and this place, showing how much we take our habitual environment for granted, relying on it in order to feel ‘at home’ in the world. 

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Rita Mazza + Anne Zander
Space 1880
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November 26 27 28 | 19.00
Tickets
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Based on the history and culture of the deaf community, Rita Mazza and Anne Zander dedicate themselves to new forms of art in sign language in a visual sign performance.

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Specials
Festival
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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Jubilee
25 Jahre SOPHIENSÆLE
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© Jan Grygoriew

The Sophiensæle theater is turning 25 and our festival Tanztage Berlin can also look back on its 25th anniversary and its 30th edition. That's why we are celebrating everything together on October 29: The Sophiensæle, the Tanztage Berlin and the book launch of our anniversary publication OPENINGS.

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Performance, Dance, Installation
Flinn Works: White Money
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Aderemi Adegbite & Konradin Kunze

Together with six international artists and in various performance formats, Flinn Works is dedicated to the theme of white money. White money flows from the arts funding bodies in Europe. It funds artists in the Global South or commissions work from artists in the Global South to be presented in the Global North. White money therefore shapes or reinforces inequalities and re-iterates racist and neo-colonial structures.  Flinn Works, like all art professionals who work across the invisible borders of Global North and Global South are deeply entangled in this structure. With a group of six artists and curators from different parts of the world, the project sheds light on some hidden aspects of white money.

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Thorsten Lensing Unendlicher Spaß

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Theater
2018 February 22 24 25 | 19.00
2018 March 02 03 04 | 19.00
2019 May 04 | 19.00
2019 May 05 | 18.00
Festsaal
In German - with English Surtitles

For more than 20 years, director Thorsten Lensing has been showing his celebrated and renowned productions at Sophiensæle - a success story crowned by the invitation to this year's Theatertreffen!

David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, first published in the U.S. in 1996, is an attempt to narrate today's world in 1500 pages, without reducing it to a single interpretation. Wallace states, I want to write about how it feels to live today, instead of distracting people from it. Hence, Wallace finds himself writing about everything from the serious, to the trivial, to the bizarre: birth pangs and death throes, blizzards, stories of love and separation, phobic men, excessive salivation, nurses who seem to emerge out of a racy-nursewear catalogue, and birds having heart attacksin mid-flight.

In doing so, Wallace approaches both his comical and tragic characters with an unprecedented delicacy and earnest.As Wallace believes,jokes are often the bottles in which we send out the most plangent screams for someone to care and help.

Part of the staging will centre on the three brothers of the Incandenza family: Hal, a prodigiously intelligent and talented student at the Enfield Tennis Academy; and his elder siblings, Orin, the punter for the Arizona Cardinals, and Mario, a severely deformed and disabled filmmaker and passionate radio listener. Other characters appear, such as Joelle van Dyne, a veiled radio announcer and member of the Union of the Hideously and Improbably Deformed and Don Gately, a former thief and medicine addict from the drug rehabilitation centre Ennet House. All characters of the novel are helplessly at the mercy of life's hasards.

CAST Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Sebastian Blomberg, André Jung, Ursina Lardi, Heiko Pinkowski, Devid Striesow DIRECTOR Thorsten Lensing Co-DIRECTORBenjamin Eggers-Domsky STAGE DESIGNGordian Blumenthal und Ramun Capaul COSTUMES Anette Guther DRAMATURGY Thierry Mousset TEXT VERSION Thorsten Lensing COLLABORATION TEXT VERSIONThierry Mousset, Dirk Pilz  PRODUCTIONEva-Karen Tittmann STAGE DESIGN DIRECTORMartina Schulle TECHNICAL DIRECTORDirk Lutz ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Lucie Grünbeck, Luisa Puschendorf COSTUME ASSISTANCE Marie Fischer

A production by Thorsten Lensing in coproduction with Schauspiel Stuttgart, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Kampnagel Hamburg, Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund and the City of Münster.

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