After experiences in the European deaf performance community, Rita Mazza now presents her first choreographic work at Sophiensæle. Entering the stage as a playground, she explores the combination of dance and sign language movements and creates a whole new form of visual poetry. >>CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO
Vulnerability becomes a catalyst for a new body, language and care economy: Starting from the question of what expectations we have of hyperfunctional bodies on stage and in everyday life, the video work demands a place for unstable bodies - with all their risks and potentials, in the artistic field as well as in society.
Jess Thom's Lecture Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic and her talk Biscuits Without Borders with Noa Winter are now available as videos on demand. Both events took place during the performance festival Risk and Resilience in October 2020. >> WATCH VIDEOS HERE
A special and intimate audio journey of fragile beauty: for her documentary work, Raquel Meseguer Zafe has collected over 300 stories of people who, like herself, depend on lying down and resting in public spaces.
Accessibility is not only a human right, but an even more exciting creative tool: Rachel Bagshaw and Sophie Woolley share their experiences in the creative use of captioning and present some exercises to help other arts professionals in their own use and style development of captioning.
A digital conversation on Zoom with the artists of the productions Inflammations, A Crash Course in Cloudspotting, and The Shape of the Pain: They will address navigating an often ableist art sector and share what working methods and aesthetics they have developed.
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.
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.
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?
Pain is rarely a subject on stage. The focus CRIPPING THE PAIN, which could not take place in June 2020 due to the pandemic and is now being rescheduled in digital form, presents artistic works, workshops and conversations that give space to this complexity and defy dominant ableist perceptions of the body.
Age is just a number - nevertheless, we can't get around aging. In the midst of debates about climate change, identity politics and body images, it is time to renegotiate long outdated generational contracts. Thus, not only the recent pandemic has demonstrated that questions about responsibilities and solidarity have to be asked again. The performance festival COMING OF AGE, which will take place from September 15 to November 7 at the Sophiensæle, is dedicated to various aspects of aging in society - and looks at the different challenges of a phenomenon that affects us all.
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.