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 Tischkau&Hampe Colonastics

Foto: Lennart Brede
June 24 | 16.00
June 24 | 18.00
June 25 | 11.00
June 25 | 13.00
June 30 | 19.00
June 30 | 21.00
July 01 | 14.00
July 01 | 19.00


In German and English
  • The workouts have different requirements for sportswear and fitness levels. Please refer to the visitor information.
  • The workouts start on time. Please arrive a bit earlier if you want to change in the changing rooms before the show.

Do you want the rational spiciness of white masculinity alongside the physicality of Black femmes? If you're looking for a way to combine the two, Colonastics is for you!

Colonastics is the world's first fitness workout that does without the exoticizing bullshit of Zumba, the pseudo-spiritual, esoteric bells and whistles of white yoginis and neo-colonial appropriations! Why? Because it feeds solely on the physicality of white cultural practices. Stiffen your joints, throw your limbs around uncontrollably and perfect your air guitar. Feel white supremacy flowing through our collective consciousness and become part of a movement that will revolutionize the fitness world.

Push yourself to the limit with white body building, beat the beat at Berghain Bounce, get whisked away on a deeply relaxing post-racial dream trip, or find your inner white man during a sweaty beer bike tour of Berlin. Once the smell of Sauerkraut Juice and the Schlager tunes grab you, you'll understand why Colonastics classes change everything! Mega-effective? Yup! Mega fun? Hell yes! Every time you come out of class, you'll be bursting with energy and feel invincible.

The Rockout
JUNE 24 | 16:00
Indoor-Workout: Bring sportswear and indoor shoes
Level: Intermediate

Haven’t we all dreamed of strutting like Jagger? Longing to wind up in despair like Jon BonJovi and headbanging our brains out at Wacken? Now here’s your chance! Rock it out on our customized Air guitars (C) and learn the Moves of White Rock ‘n Roll from the best: Don’t hesitate, appropriate!

Total Body Schranzformation
JUNE 24 | 18:00 + July 01 | 19:00
Indoor-Workout: Bring sportswear and indoor shoes
Level: Intermediate

What do you do when you’re on the dancefloor? Do you two step, shuffle or just nod your head? That’s right, if your’e white! Total Body Schranzformation is a full body cardio workout taking you from 1991 Love Parade to Berlin Berghain straight to the Thunderdome Rave Experience. Our high intensity intervall raving will push you to your limits and create a club community in which whiteness is the ultimate rythm.

Brachiales Beer Biking
June 25 | 11:00 + 13:00
Outdoor-Workout: Bring sportswear
Level: Beginner

What do Germans love more than drinking Beer and Biking around in the beautiful German countryside? Our Brachiales Beer Biking Tour brings you the best of both worlds. In entertaining ride on our very own Colonastics Beer Bike through Berlin Mitte you will get the most authentic experience of German whiteness. In a Kneipen atmosphere, we will pedal to the driving beats of Black Schlager Sounds, use dumbbells and consume exzessive calories to enhance our beer-build bodies. Join us on this joyride!

Schlager HIIT
JUNE 30 | 19:00
Indoor-Workout: Bring sportswear and indoor shoes
Level: Beginner

Tie up your Wandershoes and join us for a heartrate raising trip to the Alpen! Our infectious Schlager High Intensity Intervall Training is a combination of white folcloric warm up dances and straight up white body building-body exercises using dumbells, barrels and beer benches. Our carefully curated playlists of oldschool and contemporary Schlager Hits will inspire you to sprint faster and lift heavier. Let's raise our glasses, sing along, and celebrate the magic of Schlager! Through this workout, we reclaim our white German heritage and boost your Heimatgefühle to a whole new level!

White Music Jam (WITH Live DJ)
JUNE 30 | 21:00
All levels

Immerse yourself in atmosphere of appropriation, embrace the stiffness, and unleash your inner white style through this guided improvisation jam. Let’s come together, celebrate white diversity, and let the rhythm of 4/4-Takt guide your steps. Get ready to find your authentic whiteness and jam like there is no tomorrow.

Whiteness is a State of Mind – Eine Traumreise nach Happyland
JULY 01 | 14:00
Indoor-Workout: Bring comfortable clothes
Level: Beginner


  • 60-75 minutes
  • White Music Jam: approx. 120 minutes


  • English written language with single German terms
  • Workout schedules and pretzel bar signage in English written language with individual German terms


  • All workouts take place in the canteen with the exception of Brachiales Beer Biking
  • A white dance floor is laid out in the canteen.
  • On one wall in the canteen hangs a mirror wall (aluminum plates covered with mirror foil).
  • On the entrance wall hang 4 large Colonastics banners with different motifs.
  • On the side are guitars made of white foam.
  • Around a column in the middle of the room is the pretzel bar.
  • Brachiales Beer Biking: Takes place on a beer bike. The meeting point and the end of the tour are in the Sophiensæle courtyard. From there you walk together to a parking lot on Gipsstraße, where the beer bike is parked. The tour on the Beer-Bike takes place on the streets around the Sophiensæle.


  • During the workouts, participants are illuminated, from which one can be temporarily blinded.
  • In one corner of the room hangs an LED screen (1x1 meter). The screen is reflected in the aluminum mirror wall. The video shows a collage of found footage of people dancing Gabber and Beer Biking.
  • Storoboscope light at The Rockout, Total Body Schranzformation + White Music Jam
  • Fast light changes during The Rockout, Total Body Schranzformation, White Music Jam + Schlager HIIT.
  • Slow color changes and little sensory stimuli at Whiteness is a State of Mind


  • Different loud music is used depending on the workout (different DJ sets).
  • The video aif the LED screen has no sound.
  • White Music Jam: Sound in the party setting  


  • Haze at Total Body Schranzformation, White Music Jam and The Rockout
  • At The Rockout rose petals are shot out of small cardboard confetti cannons.


  • There is no seating in the Kantine.
  • Workouts are based on audience interaction and direct, one-on-one interaction.
  • It is possible for participants to be touched by workshop leaders for assistance.
  • Workshop leaders give strict instructions. There are breather moments, but active participation in the training is mandatory - except for the White Music Jam.
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability - except for Brachiales Beer Biking
  • Sports/dance experience is necessary for The Rockout, Total Body Schranzformation or Schlager HIIT workouts.
  • White Music Jam: the first part is guided, then participants are free to move around. They can leave early if they want and come back as well.
  • Brachiales Beer Biking: Two places where the participants do not have to pedal. However, there are no wheelchair spaces on the Beer Bike.
  • Whiteness is a State of Mind: Participants lie down on yoga mats. One is encouraged to make slow movements and walk slowly around the room at one point.


  • 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.

Maria Sene has recently completed her 300-hour Colonastics™ instructor training. Whiteness runs in her family, but having trained at one of the whitest institutions in Scotland, Maria was able to observe and experience whiteness even more closely. Her previous training included white modern dance, Jazzercise, Ballet, Weightlifting, German Tanz Theater, and Stanislavsky acting techniques embedded in a vocal release technique of sighing. Maria is also known for popularizing the Sauerkraut challenge throughout Germany, making it a staple in the white cosmic wellness movement. Her expertise in white embodiment, such as white panic, white fragility, white fear, and whitewashing, complements the Colonastics™ team. Since watching her first boyfriend play guitar in a rock band, Maria has become an expert in playing air guitar and teaching Rock-Out, Punkletics, and Metal Muscle Health. Maria’s white teaching style is praised for being dangerously confusing and eye-opening. Her favorite move, the headbanger, is guaranteed to knock you out! By joining Maria’s class, you can be sure she will take whiteness to the next level! Maria enjoys quoting herself: “Blander, Stiffer, Ruder, Stronger!” (Maria Sene).

Elisabeth Hampe is a certified Colonastics™ instructor since 2017. Growing up in an all-white family she started working out with Turnen, Walzer, Foxtrott and ballet as a child and teen. Elisabeth has profound wisdom and knowledge in all things white as she naturally embodies whiteness. Her path has also gifted her with experiences in Lyrical Modern Dance, Berghain Bouncing and Truth Bending. Elisabeth was able to deepen her practice by studying at an ultimately white theatre institute in Mittelhessen, reading mainly white authors and partaking in various white male-dominated student parties. As part of a holistic research retreat in the former BRD capital Bonn she became one of the founding members of Colonastics™. Since then, Elisabeth has devoted all her energy and time to help people to discover and embrace their inner whiteness. Her mystically patronizing and denyingly dogmatic teaching style come from a remarkably authentic place. In her excruciatingly calming mind vs. body classes, she will tell you to be your own Universe and ask all from yourself. In Colonastics™ and in life her favorite moves are the Wall of Death and the Disco Fox. The mantra Elisabeth lives by and hopes to pass on to her students reads “Respect the Rules and Pray!” (DJ Bobo). Inspired by her heritage her future goal is to become the next Spreewaldgurkenkönig.

Julia-Friederike Tischkau started her physical journey in the context of white German Sportvereins. Together with her twin brother, she trained in judo, gaining the yellow belt under the strict regimen of beer-bellied judoka Willi. She also gained experience in other recreational white spaces, doing children's ballet, aerobics, step aerobics, and video-clip dancing, and later moved on to study contemporary dance and theatre in a white British institution. There, she was met with the full force of white embodiment, studying somatic practices such as Skinny-Bitch-Releasing Technique, Joseph-Hubertus-Pilates, Mind vs. Body Centering, and contact improvisation as practiced by its white founders Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith. In search of her true, authentic self, in 2017 Julia Friederike embarked on a journey to find her inner whiteness. Together with Elisabeth, she founded Colonastics™, a fitness workout, dodging the neo-colonial practices of the fitness world and, in contrast, developing a strictly white movement practice. As a certified Colonastics instructor, Julia Friederike believes that whiteness is a state of mind that has built its own psychic life, which can be acquired and cultivated by anyone, regardless of their heritage or skin color. Julia Friederike's workouts are a painful experience, making you sweat, scream, and wish you were dead. She inherited her militant, unforgiving, and strict teaching style from her white maternal grandfather, Horst: ”Von nix kommt nix!”

Bruno Weißmann (née Agbaba) is the newest member of the Colonastics Family, and he's already feeling comfortable in his new white skin. To align with his new identity, Schlager expert Bruno even changed his Turkish surname to sound more German. Grüß Gott, Herr Weißmann! In his early days, young Bruno enjoyed imitating the white kids in his suburban Stuttgart neighborhood. He practiced horse riding and karate and dreamed of joining the Voltigier-Team. Most of his free time was spent at the Canstatter Wasen, where he integrated well into the Bierzelt community by singing along loudly to his favorite Schlager hits such as “Er gehört zu mir” by Marianne Rosenberg. An expert in code-switching, Bruno seamlessly blends from Ballermann Partyhits 1990 to Mayday 1991, even witnessing Sven Väth, Paul Kalkbrenner, and Westbam firsthand. Bruno is currently also known as a hardcore raver at Berlin's No.1 Basement Berghain. Apart from his ethnographic research in exclusively white spaces, Bruno received further formal training at several white theatre and dance institutions such as the Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School, training in Graham, Feldenkrais, Alexander, and Release Technique. Bruno loves to share his multitude of skillsets in Colonastics' own Schlager High-Intensity Training and gathers new movement material on his biannual trip to Germany's last remaining colony in Spain, Mallorca. By joining his class, you can be sure that Bruno will take you from Berlin to Ballermann and get your Beer Body Malle-ready in no time. Eat, Sleep, Schlager, Repeat.

CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY Joana Tischkau, Elisabeth Hampe IMPLEMENTATION, INSTRUCTION Nima Sené, Elisabeth Hampe, Joana Tischkau, Onur Agbaba SPACE DESIGN Carlo Siegfried GRAPHIC DESIGN, CI Sondi SOUND Frieder Blume COSTUME Aleix Llussà López LIGHT DESIGN Hendrik Borowski ARTISTIC + ORGANIZATIONAL COOPERATION Laura-Marie Preßmar PRODUCTION Lisa Gehring

A production of Tischkau & Hampe GbR in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, Theater Rampe and Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung.