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Peggy Piesche Labor 89
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September 29 | 19.00 Reading + Livestream
Festsaal + Online | 5 EURO | Online kostenfrei

Peggy Piesche invites you to a reading from her publication Labor 89, which deals with intersectional perspectives on the era of German-German reunification.

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Tanja Krone Mit echten Reden (1): Das Ellenbogen-Prinzip
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October 03 | 16.00 Outdoor Performance + Talk
im Garten der Sophienkirche | EINTRITT FREI

On October 3, Tanja Krone invites you to an outdoor adaptation of her successful festival performance from last fall, as the final highlight of our focus Das Ost-West-Ding 2.

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Daniel Hellmann In Walking Distance
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October 08 09 Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Navild Acosta + Fannie Sosa Black Power Naps
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October 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 | 15.00 - 18.00 Installation
Festsaal | EINTRITT FREI

Recent studies have shown that the distribution of rest is determined by race, with people of color regularly getting less sleep than white people. As a direct response to the Sleep Gap, the artists take over Sophiensæle’s Festsaal and invite people of color to break with constant fatigue by slowing down, resting, and interacting with soft, comfortable surfaces.

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Olympia Bukkakis A Touch of the Other
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October 08 09 10 | 20.00 DRAG / DANCE / PERFORMANCE
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

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Navild Acosta + Fannie Sosa Choir of the Slain (Part XX)
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October 13 14 | 20.00 Performance
FESTSAAL + ONLINE | 15/10 EURO | LIVESTREAM KOSTENFREI

A live song and dance activation from bed: The performance plays with multiplicitous states of being idle, protesting the power relations of the night which deprive BIPOC of rest.

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Peter Frost In Walking Distance
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October 14 15 Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Henrike Iglesias Academy
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October 16 | 18.00
October 16 | 19.30
October 17 18 | 15.00
October 17 18 | 16.30
Workshop
Online + Draussen | EINTRITT FREI

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María do Mar Castro Varela Zweifeln erlernen – Egoismus verlernen
October 17 | 19.00 Lecture
Festsaal + Online | 5 EURO | ONLINE KOSTENFREI

In her lecture, María do Mar Castro Varela reflects on the 'storming of the Reichstag' and other madness in times of pandemic.

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Politics of Love #8 Resilienz
October 18 | 19.00 Lecture
Festsaal + Online | 5 EURO | ONLINE KOSTENFREI

In this conversation we will take a critical look at a society that uses crises as a driver for its optimization and in this context we will also look at the role of culture.

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim In Walking Distance
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October 19 20 Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen The Kids Are Alright
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October 21 22 23 24 | 19.00
October 21 22 23 24 | 21.00
Performance / Installation
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Simone Dede Ayivi and accomplices have held talks with grandparents, parents and children from different communities and present their diverging ideas of a "better life" in a performative installation.

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Liz Rosenfeld In Walking Distance
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October 24 25 Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Marjani Forté-Saunders / 7NMS Memoirs of a... Unicorn
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October 25 26 | 20.00 Online film screening + talk
ONLINE | EINTRITT FREI

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Jess Thom Biscuits without Borders:
October 27 | 12.00 Lecture via Zoom
Online | EINTRITT FREI

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Jess Thom Disability Culture in a time of Pandemic
October 29 | 12.00 Lecture via Zoom
Online | EINTRITT FREI

Touretteshero co-founder Jess Thom examines and reflects on the barriers and opportunities that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown.

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Flinn Works Learning Feminism from Rwanda
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October 29 30 31 | 21.00
November 01 | 18.00
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

How does the women's quota change culture and mindset? With flaming speeches, statistics, lamentations and protest choreographies Flinn Works follow the trail of Rwandan fast-track feminism.

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Teresa Vittucci, Michael Turinsky + Claire Vivianne Sobottke We Bodies
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October 30 31 | 18.00 Dance / Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

To resist categories like "normal" or "beautiful", the three performers create a series of exorcisms in which they distort pop-cultural figures and phenomena into monstrousness.

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Jule Flierl, Luise Meier oder Vera Pulido In Walking Distance
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October 31
November 01
Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Isabelle Schad Knotting & Rotations
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November 06 07 08 09 | 20.00 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Isabelle Schad celebrates the beauty of simple movement sequences in two powerful solos.

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Company Christoph Winkler It's All Forgotten Now
November 12 13 14 | 20.00 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

Dance meets music, film, video and spoken word: A performative homage to Mark Fisher.

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Vanessa Stern Sleeping Duties
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November 19 20 21 22 | 19.30 Spoken theater
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

A railroad movie meets a chamber play: Four train passengers keep themselves awake with problems on their way to Spitzbergen.

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Sheena McGrandles Figured
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November 21 22 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

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Sheena McGrandles Flush
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November 21 22 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

Sheena McGrandles composes stylized body landscapes calling both to the erotic and absurd.

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matthaei & konsorten Die Sumpfgeborene
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November 24 25 26 27 28 29 Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

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          LANGUAGE NO PROBLEM

          Am I a man who had dreamed he was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he was a man? – Zhuangzi The Butterfly Dream

          Yui Kawaguchi translates in Mugen (Japanese: illusion, infinity) the classical elements of Japanese Nō theatre into a hypnotic interplay of dance, music and light. In a fast-paced choreography, Joy Alpuerto Ritter seems to outright fly through an installation on stage. She is fueled by Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, who single-handedly creates a sound atmosphere of orchestral quality with his instruments. Although each element exists in its own cosmos, a trance-like flow is created through ever new encounters, changing tempos and incidences of light, dissolving the boundaries between fantasy and reality, dream and wakefulness.

          YUI KAWAGUCHI studied dance and theatre in Tokyo. Since 2005, she has been working in Berlin, where she works in collaboration with various artists (Nico and the Navigators, Flying Steps und Helena Waldmann u.a.) and also develops her own pieces, which are invited to numerous festivals worldwide. She is part of the original cast of Flying Bach, for which she choreographed the contemporary part. Her dance installations MatchAtria and andropolaroid (Tanzpreis Köln), have been enthusiastically received by the public and press. Since 2008 she has been directing the series Die Stadt im Klavier with pianist Aki Takase. 2018 her latest joint project Da Capo was created.

          Joy Alpuerto Ritter (born 1982 in Los Angeles/ USA) graduated from the Palucca Dance School in Dresden in 2004. After that she started working as a contemporary freelance dancer in and around Berlin with many choreographers, among them Christoph Winkler, in whose Witch Dance Project she danced at Sophiensæle in 2016. Since 2013 she has been a dancer of the Akram Khan Dance Company  and the company Wangramirez. In 2016 she has been nominated as "outstanding female dancer" (modern) by the National Dance Awards UK.

          Mohammad Reza Mortazavi lives in Berlin as a composer and musician. He plays tombak and daf, two percussion instruments, which influenced him since his childhood in Isfahan (Iran). His minimalist compositions are dedicated to a balance between focus and letting go. Inspired by sounds of daily life and nature, his emotional connection to life gets transformed into vibrant and polyphone rhythms. The award-winning musician presents his music both solo and in international projects with other musicians as well as producers, theatres and dancers. 

          CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY Yui Kawaguchi BY AND WITH Joy Alpuerto Ritter (Dance), Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (Music) STAGE DESIGN Acci Baba COSTUME Sadak LIGHT, Technician Fabian Bleisch DRAMATURGE Rosi Ulrich PRODUCTION Ilja Fontaine

          A production by Yui Kawaguchi | Mendora and NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS, in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, MA scène nationale - Pays de Montbéliard and WEHR51, funded by the City of Cologne. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung