Today | 16:00
Public in Private / Clémentine M. Songe
Living Room
November 28 | 16.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Living Room Clémentine M. Songe (aka Clément Layes) explores the dynamics of the living room, that place where we surround ourself with things that feel familiar, intimate, recognizable, safe. Transforming this room into a ‘living room’, a room that makes its own choices. In collaboration with an architect, a light designer and a visual artist, Clémentine M. Songe bare the many interrelations that appear between our lives and this place, showing how much we take our habitual environment for granted, relying on it in order to feel ‘at home’ in the world. 

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Company Christoph Winkler
We are going to Mars
We are Going to Mars_c_HP
November 28 29 30
Eintritt frei

We are Going to Mars uses international video works to explore the history of the first African space program and how the reception of this story has changed over the past fifty years. >> Watch videos here

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Claire Cunningham
Thank you very much
December 03 04 05 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

A contemporary dance performance inspired by the glittering world of the tribute artist.

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Florentina Holzinger
Florentina Holzinger_TANZ_c_Eva Würdinger HP 1
December 11 12 13 | 19.30
Festsaal | 25/18€

The dizzying conclusion of Holzinger‘s trilogy on the body as a spectacle: TANZ deals with physical discipline and the cult of beauty ingrained within the tradition of dance. 

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Siegmar Zacharias & Judith Hamann
WAVES #6 – Listening Sessions Towards Social Bodies
December 13 | 20.00

Sound meditations to dwell together in a space where we do not have to be alone: Siegmar Zacharias and her team offer WAVES in sensory and affective modes as a series of listening sessions together with FFT Düsseldorf and Sophiensæle Berlin, from May until December 2021. 

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Suvi Kemppainen + Josefine Mühle
Baby Choir
Baby Choir_Foto_Venla Helenius_HP
December 16 19 | 19.30
December 17 18 | 21.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Innocent, cute, dependent – Baby Choir throws socially accepted baby images overboard and is  interested in the monstrosity of the baby archetype. What if the baby possessed desire, was capable of action, and had an activist bent to boot?

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Yui Kawaguchi
Mugen_c_Mendora HP
December 17 18 | 19.30
December 19 | 17.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Yui Kawaguchi translates in Mugen (Japanese: illusion, infinity) the classical elements of Japanese Nō theatre into a hypnotic interplay of dance, music and light.

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TANZSCOUT Tune-In zu Mugen
December 18 | 17.30
5 €

With playful and practical examinations of the subjects and working methods of the dance piece and by an exchange of material and questions, the workshop participants will be introduced to the upcoming performance event. 

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Tanztage Berlin 2022
Tanztage HP mit Text schwarz
© Jan Grygoriew


In tandem with emerging dance artists connected to our city, Tanztage Berlin 2022 continues to examine what keeps us together and tears us apart. After 2021 the festival took place exclusively online, its 31st edition returns as an extended offline and online program. Alongside the last year’s selection of performances, it includes new creations and discourse formats on power, protest, and empowerment. The work presented during Tanztage Berlin 2022 critically navigates the present by reimagining past and future encounters on the dance floor. While dealing with acute problems like power relations, surveillance, disembodiment, or climate change, it tunes into the social body, creating much-needed moments of awareness, connectedness, and self-determination. Unlike the 21st-century billionaire strategy of abandoning earth in a rocket ship or escaping into a parallel virtual universe, the festival chooses instead to stay with the trouble: to celebrate dancing together through the crisis and against despair.

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After Europe Beiträge zur dekolonialen Kritik

© Jan Grygoriew
2019 October 12 | 14.00
Auf Deutsch und Englisch

Under the keyword of decolonial criticism, our own colonial entanglement is currently being reflected in art, science and society. In this discourse, colonialism is not understood as a temporally and spatially distant phenomenon that came to an end with the historical decolonization of the mid-20th century, but rather as a fundamental structuring of modernity. Our world is permeated by a colonial matrix, a grammar that enables, for example, the police law of white settlers in the colony of Deutsch-Südwestafrika as well as the current police practice of racial profiling. Additionally, previously unsuspicious concepts, such as aesthetics and their instruments, such as white cubes and black boxes, appear strangely violent in the new light of decoloniality.

In the symposium, thinkers speak with the audience and with one another about central concepts and contexts for decolonial work in Germany in 2019. We begin with a clarification of terminology. The Zurich-based cultural anthropologist Rohit Jain will order some of the terms currently used in his work, including postcolonialism, (de)colonialism and diversity, addressing them in a European and global context. We continue with a core piece of decolonialism, namely the critique of philosophical universalism. The documenta professor Nora Sternfeld will, in contrast, talk about the history and possibilities of a universalism of the marginal. Last but not least, we will deal with the question of the colonialism of the others. The protest researcher Olga Reznikova will present insights into a non-Western Russian imperialism.

JULIAN WARNER works as a freelance cultural anthropologist at the interface of art and science. He used to be a research assistant at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology of the Georg-August-University Göttingen, dramaturg and performer of various performances by Oliver Zahn as well as dramaturg and ethnographer of Anta Helena Reckes "Schwarzkopie" of Mittelreich. Julian Warner is together with Elisa Liepsch co-editor of the anthology ALLIANZEN - Kritische Praxis an weißen Institutionen and works as curator at the Künstler_innenhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, the Sophiensæle in Berlin and the Münchner Kammerspiele. He teaches seminars and workshops at universities and art institutions in Germany and abroad.

NORA STERNFELD is an art mediator and curator. She is a documenta professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and co-director of the /ecm master's course in exhibition theory and practice at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Sternfeld is a founding member of trafo.K (Büro für Bildung, Kunst und kritische Wissensproduktion Wien) and since 2011 part of freethought (Plattform für Forschung, Bildung und Produktion London). She was one of the artistic directors of the Bergen Assembly 2016 and publishes on contemporary art and anti-racism.

ROHIT JAIN is a researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology and Empirical Cultural Studies (ISEK) at the University of Zurich and works as managing director of the postmigrant Think & Act Tank Institute New Switzerland (INES). He has published on postcolonial public spaces between Switzerland and India. Jain was involved in artistic research projects on the role of gold trading in the public space of Switzerland (Zurich University of the Arts) and on urban citizenship (Shedhalle Zurich) and is co-founder of the racism-critical humourous festival Laugh Up. Stand Up! as well as the Salon Bastarde, a series of postmigrant happenings in Zurich.

OLGA REZNIKOVA studied at the St. Petersburg Institute for Jewish Studies and at the LMU Munich and graduated in European Ethnology, Sociology and Geography at the LMU Munich (2012). Her academic interests include anti-Semitism research, feminist and postcolonial theories, and ethnographic research on workers' protests and strikes. She is currently doing her doctorate at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen in cultural anthropology on the subject of truck driver protests in Russia.



with Nora Sternfeld, Rohit Jain und Olga Reznikova MODERATION Julian Warner