Programme
Olympia Bukkakis
replay
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February 02 03 04 | 20.00
February 05 | 18.00
Tickets
Drag/Music/Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

replay investigates the formal relationships between movement and sound in pop, classical music, opera and drag. Drawing on her own biography, Olympia Bukkakis and her rebellious back up dancers raise questions about class and cultural hierarchies.

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Hausführung
Hausführung
February 03 | 17.00
Tickets
Various Locations | 5 €

If you want to get to know the history of Sophiensæle, join one of our guided tours. Regular guided tours are in German. English guided tours are available for groups of five people or more.

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Cora Frost/Rudy van Dongen/Peter Frost & Friends
Insel der Orgeln
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February 11 | 20.00
February 12 | 18.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Insel der Orgeln (Island of Organs) is a happening of dance, music, performance and installation and searches for experienced, repressed and dreamed concepts of life and survival. On the island, travelers bring together terrible and promising life stories to the polyphony of the organs in order to invoke the question of the healing power of the social family of choice.

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Alexandre Achour, Angela Alves, Diana Anselmo, Saša Asentić, Marko Bašica, Rita Mazza, Auro Orso, Perel & Dalibor Šandor
Dis Contact
February 15 17 19 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Kontakthof by Pina Bausch is one of the most famous works of contemporary dance. In 2018, artist Dalibor Šandor wondered why Bausch never actually made a version with disabled artists. Dis Contact is a new work by artists belonging to communities and cultures that are systematically oppressed in the world where Kontakthof has a prominent status.

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Eva Meyer-Keller
OUT OF MIND
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February 26 | 18.00
February 27 28 | 20.00
March 01 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In OUT OF MIND Eva Meyer-Keller and her accomplices develop choreographic approaches to what we call consciousness and experience. She takes neuroscientific approaches as a starting point to undertake a dive into a slippery terrain of uncertainties and turns the theater space into an experimental laboratory in which more-thanhuman performers enter the scene as well.

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Jule Flierl
Time out of Joint
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March 08 09 10 11 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Time out of Joint is a grotesque variety show of political speeches and a virtuously cacophonous concert of feminist struggles of the 20th century. Applying the tactic of tactlessness, utterances by historically influential female* speakers are dissected, distorted and recomposed. Dancing bodies explore rhetorical strategies as questions of rhythmic (re)arrangement and make voice audible as the battlefield of political representation.

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Ist die deutsche Theaterwissenschaft (post)kolonial?
March 11 | 18.00
Kantine | Eintritt frei

What does the demand for a “decolonization of the University” mean for German-language theater studies? What could a post- or decolonial Theater Science look like in research and teaching? Together with contributors from the anthology Theaterwissenschaft postkolonial/decolonial, the editors Azadeh Sharifi and Lisa Skwirblies want to explore these questions.

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Vanessa Stern & Team
ToFuR® – Theater ohne Furcht und Reichweite
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March 16 18 | 20.00
March 19 | 18.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Vanessa Stern has lost her way. She cried out bravely: “Social media, you are my enemy!” and founded a knighthood (complete with cute ponies) to go into battle against the dark forces of Reach and Attention. Theater without clicks and shares and likes! Be there when no one is following us! Another world is possible.

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Claire Vivianne Sobottke
à mort – Ein choreografischer Liederzyklus für drei Stimmen
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March 22 23 24 25 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

à mort is a performative-musical exploration of processes of domination, dying and killing. Excessive scenes of destruction emerge in a memento mori inspired installation of natural and artificial materials. The female voice emerges as a powerful physical presence in a dying world, challenging the grotesque human desire for dominance.

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Hendrik Quast
Spill your guts
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March 31 | 19.00
April 01 | 19.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For his project, Hendrik Quast learns the art of ventriloquism in order to approach the chronic inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis artistically. In conversation with the disease, new ways of speaking and images of chronic illness emerge, opening up unusual spaces of humor for the ill and healthy audience.

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Specials
Festival
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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Dance
2022 December 01 02 03 | 20.00
2022 December 04 | 18.00
Festsaal

PREMIERE 

in English

Due to the Christmas market in Sophienstraße, the Sophiensæle are not accessible by car on 03 and 04 December.

It is compulsory to wear an FFP2 mask. Exceptions are made for visitors who are unable to wear an FFP2 mask for health/physical reasons and for visitors who communicate in sign language.

Pas de Q invades the classical ballet world to shake up and reinvent its choreographic forms and traditions. The queer ensemble of male and non-binary dancers combines drag with pointe dance, a practice of romantic ballet. The fairies, ghosts, fairy-tale figures and swans from the romantic ballet era are supposed to appear unreachable and weightless, as if floating. The pointe shoe is also a gender symbol, because only women danced on pointe.

In Pas de Q, the effortless fairies come from a distant future. The team, which consists entirely of professional drag artists on and behind the stage, allows their own life experiences and worlds of thought to flow into the performance. There they transfer their perspectives on sexuality, gender identity and romantic love into other galaxies: as science fiction goddesses they dance in a world detached from hierarchical and racist structures and common cultural gender norms. The result is a labyrinth of imaginative perversions beyond morality and shame that fans out the various possibilities of taking movement, dance and queer aesthetics – quite literally – on point.

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 by the day of the event.

The performance lasts 70 minutes and uses English spoken language as well as German written language. Black light, fog, haze, spotlights and strobe lights are used on stage. There are projections on a curtain in the backdrop. An abstract image is shown in the projections. Interviews with the performers are played as an audio track. There are German subtitles for the interviews.

The audience sits in the dark. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair seats and two beanbags, which can be reserved or purchased at the online ticket shop or box office, depending on availability. Due to the Christmas market in Sophienstraße, the Sophiensaele cannot be accessed by car on 03 and 04 December.

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. This is early admission for all people (especially those with visible or non-visible disabilities) who wish a specific seat or a more relaxed entry. Early Boarding usually starts 10-20 minutes before the performance starts. The meeting point is next to the bar. Five minutes before Early Boarding begins, an on-site announcement will draw your attention to it once again. Our evening staff will be happy to help you find the meeting point.

You can also find more information about accessibility here. 

TOMI PAASONEN was a ballet dancer with the Hamburg Ballet, San Francisco Lines Contemporary Ballet and Joffrey Ballet in Chicago until a serious accident ended his dancing career in 1997. In 1998, he founded the cross-disciplinary dance company Kunst-Stoff in San Francisco before moving to Berlin in 2002. From 2013 to 2018, he was artistic director of ITAK in Finland and curated several theater and two annual dance festivals. During his 30-year career as a choreographer and director, he has created nearly 70 pieces and projects with various artists, dancers, in different places and contexts around the world between 1991 and 2022. www.paasonen.com

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DANCE Kai Braithwaite, Joel Small, Llewellyn Mgnuni, Leonardo Mancuso MUSIC, COMPOSITION, PERFORMANCE Ixa STAGE DESIGN, PAINTING, PERFORMANCE Rory Midhani COSTUME DESIGN, PERFORMANCE Anne Fidler / Poppy Cox STAGE DESIGN, TECHNICAL INSTALLATION, PERFORMANCE Colin Comfort / Gieza Poke LIGHT DESIGN, PERFORMANCE Bryan Schall / Nana Schewitz  PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Alex Dimitriou PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Yuko Matsuyama

A production by Tomi Paasonen in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.