James Batchelor + Collaborators
An Evening-length Performance
August 12 13 14 15 | 19.00
Festsaal |

With An Evening-­length Performance, Australian choreographer James Batchelor reimagines the baroque ballroom as a place for queer encounters and expression.

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Colette Sadler + Mikko Gaestel
August 13 | 16.00
August 13 | 17.30
August 13 | 19.00
August 13 | 20.30

In this im­mersive solo performance installation, choreographer Colette Sadler and visual artist Mikko Gaestel thematise the future of the human in relation to technology inside the virtual architecture of a 3D environment.

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Turbo Pascal
Irgendwie Mitte
TurboPascal_Grafik_Janina Janke_HP
August 18 19 20 21 | 21.30
10/15/25/50 €

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.

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Thiago Granato
The Sound They Make When No One Listens
August 19 20 21 22 | 19.00
Festsaal |

In times of an ecological, political and personal crisis, Brazilian choreographer Thiago Granato explores the act of listening.

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Melanie Jame Wolf mit Teresa Vittucci
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August 30 31 | 20.00
September 01 02 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

There’s no business like show business. In their first performance evening together, Melanie Jame Wolf and Teresa Vittucci explore the problems and pleasures of: What does it take to make a show great?

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Making A Difference
Owning spaces - Conversations and actions from bed
Konferenz save the date
September 01-05

ConferenCE ON Zoom
September 01-05

As disabled artist-curators Kate Marsh and Noa Winter invite to conversations, practice, safer spaces and public sharings.

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Tanzscout Show Business
September 01 | 19.00

The Tanzscout Tune-In offers a playful and creative engagement with the subject of the performance Show Business.

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September 04 05 | 17.00 - 22.00
Eintritt frei

The installation negotiates issues of class, gender and migration. In a subtle way it plays with conventions of fashion shows and refers to a current phenomenon in which so-called "workwear" finds its way into high fashion contexts. What's classy if you're rich, but trashy if you're poor?

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Julia*n Meding
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September 04-08 | 20.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

In her new work Traumascape, Julia*n Meding investigates the connections between rationality and violence in the history of European knowledge.

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Coming of Age
Coming of Age_Festival_HP
© 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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Film Release + DJ Set
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We would like to invite you to our second online showing, happening in the frame of the residency program NEW TECHNIQUES. T.Will will give insight into his research into the interrelation of race, gender and melancholia. On May 15, on our website we will release a DJ set by MCMLXXXV and a dance video shot at Sophiensæle in collaboration with Nkisi, Thyago Sainte, Kévin F. E. Bonono and Lucas Meyer-Leclère/LML Studio. On May 17th, T.Will and Nkisi will join the dance scholar Mariama Diagne (IKM - Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies, Vienna) for an artist talk on Zoom.

“Trompoppies” is an Afrikaans word for “Drum Majorettes” who perform formation dance in uniform. During his residency T.Will has looked at one of the main choreographic elements of these dances – the precise hand gestures. Through morphing Trompoppies movements with melodramatic gestures of white divas and heavy gesticulation linked to the image of black male rap-stars, the choreographer explores the performative dimension of race and gender. The practice invites a new kind of sensitivity and softness into cultural representations of black masculinity, opening them up to queer readings.

With the residency program NEW TECHNIQUES, Sophiensæle aims to support dance makers who have not yet benefited from structural support. Until the end of 2021, every half-year one choreographer will participate in the residency with their artistic team for one month. In November/December 2020 Rodrigo Garcia Alves and Liz Rosenfeld explored questions of dying and queer care; in March 2021 T.Will has been researching the construction of black melancholia; in November 2021 Angela Alves will work around the topic of pleasure and visualization. Sophiensæle is among nine Berlin production houses participating in Residency Funding Dance, the pilot project of the Berlin's Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

T.Will is a performer and artist based between Berlin and Bern. In his artistic work he investigates the spectrum of rhythm and sound in relation to the body and its environment. T.Will studied at the PARTS School For Contemporary Dance in Brussels and at the University of the Arts Berne and has worked with Eszter Salamon, Jérôme Bel, Ligia Lewis, Trajal Harrell, Meg Stuart, Andros Zins-Browne, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Young girls reading group, Kat Valastur, PRICE and with the Cullberg Ballet under Deborah Hay and Jeftha Van Dinther.

Concept, direction, choreography T.Will Music Nkisi Performance Nkisi, Kévin F. E. Bonono, T.Will Direction, photography Thyago Sainte Styling Lucas Meyer-Leclère/LML Studio

The residency program NEW TECHNIQUES is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as part of the pilot project Residenzförderung Tanz.