Programme
Today | 16:00
Imagining futures: what if?
DISKUSSION Imagining Futures
May 20 | 16.00
Discussion/Livestream
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
Platzhalter1
May 20 | 17.30 - 21.30
May 21 | 15.30 - 20.00
Videoinstallation
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
Platzhalter6
May 21 | 15.30 - 15.45
Audioinstallation
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
Platzhalter1
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
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May 26 27 28 29 | 20.00
Tickets
Dance
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
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May 27 | 18.00
Tickets
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
Tickets
5€

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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CRANKY BODIES a/company
Terrestrial transit - kick off
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June 03 04 | 19.00
Tickets
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
Tickets
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
Tickets
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
Tickets
Performance
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
Tickets
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
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June 22 | 18.00
Feast

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

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TANZTAGE BERLIN 2023 | OPEN CALL
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TO ALL emerging DANCE ARTISTS BASED IN BERLIN

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: https://tanztage-berlin.sophiensaele.com.

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Flinn Works: White Money Nora Amin My Dance

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Dance
2021 November 18 | 20.00
2021 November 19 | 20.00
2021 November 20 | 20.00
Festsaal
In English

NOVEMBER 18 as double bill with I Promise the Bearer...
NOVEMBER 19 20 as double bill with Tempor(e)ality

>> DOWNLOAD FULL PROGRAMME OF "WHITE MONEY" HERE <<

Nora Amin liberates the so-called belly dance from the sediments of history: she inverts the voyeuristic and exoticized perspective into a perspective of one's own body and history, allowing the audience a new view. My Dance is an attempt to shift power, a reflection on female sexuality, the erotic self, and patriarchal oppression, as well as the impact of colonialism and racism on belly dance and on the image of women that goes with it. The solo is also a personal testimony of the author, choreographer and director, who traces her own body history between Egypt and Germany. She searches for an artistic language that embodies both trauma and the ecstasy of liberation, and allows for communal dancing as an intimate and decolonial practice beyond the categorizations of white economies.

The performance lasts about 60 minutes. It is in English spoken language. In one moment, soft light is directed towards the audience. In a short section of 5 minutes the audience is asked to stand up and move their arms and hips. There is a mentioning of sexual abuse and racism. The piece is suitable for an audience aged 14 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 or at the box office, if available. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

NORA AMIN is a writer, director, researcher, performer, and choreographer based in Cairo and Berlin. Her work is situated between literature, theater/dance and feminism and is borne by socio-political activism that rebels against traditions of patriarchy, authority, coloniality, sexism and racism. She has written several novels and essays. In 2000 she founded the theater group LaMusica in Cairo and in 2011 the Egyptian Project for a Theater of the Oppressed. Before moving to Berlin in 2015, she directed and produced 40 theater, dance and music productions. She was a fellow at the International Research Center for Interweaving Performance Cultures at FU Berlin, where she also held the S. Fischer Visiting Professorship in Literature (2004/05) and the Valeska Gert Visiting Professorship (2018). In 2018, her essay Weiblichkeit im Aufbruch on the transgressions of female corporeality in public space was published. In 2021, Dance of the Persecuted will be published on the history of Egyptian Baladi dance from a feminist perspective.

CONCEPT, TEXT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Nora Amin MUSIC, SOUND TRACK COMPOSED BY Nora Amin, Ehab Abdellatif VOCALS Nora Amin VIDEOGRAPHY Ehab Abdellatif Special thanks to Rusnam and "ctrl.xxx.tension" for the music of the last dance, and to Ayman Asfour for the violin piece Outlander

A production by Flinn Works in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. In cooperation with the Institute for Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.