Vanessa Stern
Gebeine. Die Frieda, die ich meine
Ursula Maria_HP
September 19-30
October 01-31
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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Ursula Martinez
A Family Outing - 20 Years On
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September 24 25 | 19.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In this touchingly funny restaging of the show A Family Outing, performer and stand-up icon Ursula Martinez confronts the question of what happens to us as time moves forward in a frank conversation with her mother.

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Jaha Koo / Campo
The History of Korean Western Theatre
September 24 25 | 21.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Jaha Koo takes on the question of how lost theater traditions can find new meaning in a humorous social analysis. Between documentary theater and performance, he exchanges ideas for this with his grandmother, his newborn son and a rice stove. 

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Sheena McGrandles
Dawn: A musical on reproduction
DAWN_Michiel Keuper HP
September 25 26 | 14.00
September 25 26 | 19.30
15/10 €

In an experimental musical, Sheena McGrandles and a collective of Berlin artists explore different perspectives on parenthood and the symbolic power of the child. Concert, spoken word and performance combine to create a multi-layered and humorous artistic work. 

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
Like Daughter, Like Mother
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October 02 03 04 | 19.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

The path to reconciling family and career is still a long one - Olivia Hyunsin Kim has nevertheless chosen motherhood. Through her relationship with her mother and her newly born daughter, she takes a close look at societal expectations and, at the same time, humorously takes aim at them. 

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Marjani Forté-Saunders/ 7NMS
Memoirs of a...Unicorn
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October 07 08 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In her triple Bessie award-winning solo Memoirs of a... Unicorn, Marjani Forté-Saunders pays tribute to the "unicorns" of her life and community. A performance about Black masculinities, magic, resilience and political resistance.

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Deep Godot
October 09 10 13-17
October 09 10 | 16.00
October 09 10 | 17.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 18.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 19.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 20.00
October 09 10 13-17 | 21.00
15/10 €

Interrobang makes the ambivalences of artificial intelligence tangible for the audience! Through microphone and headphones, each audience member communicates with the AI DEEP GODOT in an one-on-one booth and negotiates personal, medical and philosophical issues. 

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Samara Hersch and Company
Body of Knowledge
October 14 15 16 17 | 11.30
October 15 16 | 22.00
Festsaal | 15/10€

In an intergenerational phone conversation with eight Australian teenagers, audience members engage in a moving dialogue about physicality, sexuality, desire, shame, and fears for the future.

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Siegmar Zacharias & Steve Heather
October 18 | 20.00

How can we be different together? Re-Generation invites you to a listening session with your whole body. Together, listeners connect through sound mediations to create shared resonant spaces.

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Doris Uhlich
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October 20 21 | 19.00
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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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
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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Stages of Ageing
October 25 26 | 19.00
October 27 | 10.00 - 15.00
Eintritt frei

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.

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Saelebrations_c_Jan Grygoriew_HP
October 29 | 18.00
Various Locations |

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
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
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November 04 05 06 07 | 20.00
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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Coming of Age
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© Jan Grygoriew

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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Turbo Pascal Irgendwie Mitte A Zoom-Com in four episodes

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2021 August 18 19 20 21 | 21.30
Auf Zoom
Auf Deutsch - in German

18. August 2021 / 9.30 pm / Episode 1: Among us / ca. 40 min
19. August 2021 / 9.30 pm / Episode 2: Dviding lines / ca. 40 min 
20. August 2021 / 9.30 pm / Episode 3: Backgrounds / ca. 40 min
21. August 2021 / 9.30 pm / Episode 4: Breakout / ca. 40 min

The performance will take place on the videoconferencing platform Zoom. A computer or laptop with a camera is required for participation; to participate in the public viewing, a smartphone instead of a computer or laptop is sufficient. You need to download the newest Zoom software (5.3.0 at least) and agree to its privacy policy. The price system is based on solidarity - everyone pays what they want.

Many people classify themselves as belonging to society's "Mitte". But where exactly is that - somewhere between top and bottom, rich and poor? As part of a four-part live reality series, Turbo Pascal go in search of the diffuse categories and relationships that make up the so-called "Mitte". To do this, the collective looks around its own circle of family, friends and acquaintances.

We start in Berlin Mitte. Four friends - Alexandra, Cordula, Jule and Ernst - meet in digital space, discuss, exchange positions and search for their class consciousness. They address lines of conflict and listen to each other. They ask the viewers for advice. They open themselves up to further experiences, invite people from their past and present to join them - even across social distances. But who will really come? Who will join them?

IRGENDWIE MITTE deals with class relations on the relationship level: from real relationships a zoom-com about middle class relations emerges, musically accompanied by Friedrich Greiling / Mittekill. In the course of four episodes, in which the audience can enter at any time, the circle of people expands, the perspectives change. Which forms of solidarity seem possible? Which lines of conflict remain? Can the naming of differences lead to new alliances?


With the purchase of a ticket, you can watch all four episodes at the respective times: either live on Zoom or as a live broadcast in the Sophiensæle courtyard. To participate in the public viewing in the Sophiensæle courtyard, you must register in advance due to the limited number of seats. You can also watch missed episodes later on Vimeo. On your online ticket, which you receive via mail after purchasing, you will find a personalized link to participate on all four night, the registration link for the public viewing and a link to watch missed episodes on Vimeo.


Click here to download a manual (in German) with further details. If you have any further questions, please send an e-mail to or call our ticket telephone number 030 - 28 35 266 Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. From 30 minutes before the start of the event, you can reach telephone support on 030 27 89 00 591.


TURBO PASCAL develops interactive performances that turn theater into an assembly and negotiation space for social processes, dynamics and utopias. In addition, the collective, which was founded in the context of the Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Practice study program in Hildesheim, realizes participatory projects with citizens or young people and conceives formats for conversation and communication. Since 2008, the collective has been based in Berlin and works continuously with Sophiensæle.


CONCEPT Turbo Pascal BY AND WITH Angela Löer, Eva Plischke, Friedrich Greiling, Frank Oberhäußer, Janina Janke, Margret Schütz, Sophia Keßen  & GUESTS Alper Yildiz, Johanna Oberhäußer, Magdalena Smialkowska, Georg Schütz, Bettina Grahs u. a. DESIGN Janina Janke MUSIC Mittekill / Friedrich Greiling ASSISTANT Sophia Keßen VIDEO Daniela del Pomar, Paul Holdsworth LIGHTING, ENGINEERING Fabian Stemmer PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Marit Buchmeier, Lisanne Grotz / xplusdrei production office    

A production of Turbo Pascal in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung