Today | 16:00
Imagining futures: what if?
DISKUSSION Imagining Futures
May 20 | 16.00
Festsaal-Foyer/online | Eintritt frei

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Imagining Futures brought together twelve innovative performing arts festivals for a pan-European experiment – a future-focused and predominantly female peer network that offered participating festival directors and artists a deep listening space and a moment to be together, think together, and dream of different futures.

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Today | 17:30 - 21:30
Bodies of Care
May 20 | 17.30 - 21.30
May 21 | 15.30 - 20.00
Festsaal-Foyer | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 15:30 - 15:45
Bodies of Care: Togetherness
May 21 | 15.30 - 15.45
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 16:00 - 16:30
Bodies of Care: The Skin Creature
May 21 | 16.00 - 16.30
Participatory Performance
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Kareth Schaffer
Question of Belief
May 26 27 28 29 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Question of Belief, choreographer Kareth Schaffer addresses the demons of today’s world: Between actionism and laziness, distraction and apathy, the performers Mădălina Dan and Manon Parent fight their way through stage designer Dan Lancea's inflating stage landscape.

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Josephine Findeisen
Working Class Dance Group
May 27 | 18.00
15/10 €

Working Class Dance Group shows a working state of an ongoing research on class structures. The dancers revisit historical, female-proletarian perspectives and investigate the intersections of class, gender and the body.

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Lea Sherin Kübler + Soraya Reichl & Ensemble
Remember Now!
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June 03 04 05 | 14.00
June 03 04 05 | 17.00

Based on debates about the toppling of statues as well as the renaming of street names and an accompanying new examination of memory culture, the youth projekt invite you to a performative and interactive audio walk. 

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Terrestrial transit - kick off
June 03 04 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The interdisciplinary project Terrestrial Transit deals with the activist practice of artistic intervention, which is gaining importance again in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe, in view of the strengthening of right-wing authoritarian regimes. The work of the dance company CRANKY BODIES a/company, founded in August 2020 by Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper, refers in particular to political forms of protest in the tradition of Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art before the fall of the Wall.


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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
History has failed us, but…
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June 09 10 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

History has failed us, but... deals with physical forms of protest and searches for a solidary togetherness while taking into account different bodies. Which narratives and images of resistance are remembered - and how are they told?

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Kiana Rezvani
Cyber Ghosts
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June 11 | 20.00
June 12 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

The Sophiensæle are happy to be able to catch up this summer with the work of Kiana Rezvani from the Tanztage Berlin 2022 programme, which could not be presented during the festival in January due to the pandemic.

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Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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June 17 20-24 27 28 29 30 | 20.45 - 21.45
17,17 €

A dreamlike journey on a rowing boat: time to slow down and question the concept of a productive life.

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Vanessa Stern
Die Rache der Panda-Pussies
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June 21 23 24 25 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The Panda Pussies bring an inclusive, cross-generational gender theater to the stage – in the best anarchic Schlingensief tradition, with music and intelligent racket.

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Sommerfest_Hof_c_Sofia Popp_HP
June 22 | 18.00

This year we want to continue our old tradition: we celebrate the Sophiensæle summer festival - without any drama! 

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Every new year, the Tanztage Berlin is not only the city's very first festival, it has also established itself nationally and internationally as an important platform for emerging dance artists since its founding in 1996. The next edition of Tanztage Berlin will once again take place under the artistic direction of Mateusz Szymanówka. The festival is currently planned for 5-21 January 2023 - however, the form as well as the exact date will depend on the constant reassessment of the pandemic. The festival offers emerging dance artists based in Berlin a framework for their new productions and revivals. The programme of the last two editions can be found at:

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Dance + Music
2021 December 17 18 | 19.30
2021 December 19 | 17.00


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For your safety and ours, the event will be held in compliance with the 2G+++ regulation:

  • proof of vaccination/recovery AND PoC antigen test no older than 24 hours
  • Exception: For persons whose third vaccination was at least 15 days ago, additional testing is not required.
  • Obligation to wear a medical mask also during the show
  • 3G exceptions requiring proof for persons under 18 years of age and persons for whom vaccination is not possible for medical reasons
  • Seating with 1 meter distance
  • Our complete safety and hygiene measures can be found here.

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.

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The piece lasts about 1 hour and is without speech. In some moments the stage and the audience area are completely dark. The sound from the percussion instruments is at times very intense and loud. The piece is suitable for an audience of 12 years and older. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair spaces and one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop, if available. Admission begins 20-30 minutes prior to show time. We recommend arriving early to select a suitable seat. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35.

Click HERE to find information about our performance spaces and pathways, accessible restrooms, parking, directions to the theater, a 360° video tour of the building, and more.

YUI KAWAGUCHI has been working in Berlin since 2005. In addition to her collaboration with Nico and the Navigators, she shows her own compositions of movement, space, light and sound worldwide, in which the dancing body is rediscovered. Milestones are andropolaroid (Cologne Dance Award 2010) and the multimedia production MatchAtria. In 2019, she co-choreographed Flying Pictures by Flying Steps at Hamburger Bahnhof, and in 2020 she developed Suor Angelica with Kirill Petrenko and Nicola Hümpel at the Berlin Philharmonie. In 2020 Kawaguchi is developing DisTanz with Ruben Reniers (Faust Annual Prospectus 2021). 2021 saw the world premieres of SUITE CUBIC with Julia Kursawe and Daniel Mandolini at the Konzerthaus Berlin and Somewhere, Everywhere, Nowhere with Alison Currie at the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide. 

JOY ALPUERTO RITTER (born 1982 in Los Angeles/ USA) completed her training at the Palucca Dance School in Dresden in 2004. Since then she has worked as a contemporary freelance dancer with many choreographers, including Christoph Winkler, Akram Khan and Wangramirez. In 2016 she was nominated as "outstanding dancer" (modern) at the National Dance Awards UK. As a choreographer she became internationally known with her own solo work Babae, which premiered at Sophiensælen as part of the Witch Dance Project 2016, and is one of the Aerowaves artists 2020. She works as (associate) choreographer with Akram Khan, Chen Shi-Zheng, Riz Ahmed, Viviana Durante, Florence + the Machine and supports other academic institutions in Austria, Germany, Italy and Beijing.

MOHAMMAD REZA MORTAZAVI lives in Berlin as a composer and musician. He plays Tombak and Daf, two percussion instruments that have influenced him since his childhood in Isfahan, Iran. Inspired by sounds of everyday life and nature, his emotional connection to life is transformed into pulsating and polyphonic rhythms. The award-winning musician presents his music both solo, e.g. at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall or the Sydney Opera House, and in international projects with other musicians, e.g. Rundfunkchor Berlin, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, as well as producers, theaters 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