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
CRANKY~4
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
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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 Rehema Chachage | Aderemi Adegbite Kwa niaba yako, I shredded them | Tutùọlà Institute

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Installations
2021 November 17 18 | 18.00
2021 November 19 | 17.00
2021 November 20 | 16.00
2021 November 20 | 19.00
Kantine
In English

The installations are part of Flinn Works' White Money.

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

REHEMA CHACHAGE: Kwa niaba yako, I shredded them

The process of applying for funding is a tenuous and at times debilitating negotiation, between the self and the/an institution. One must ground themselves not only in their practice, but in their ability to market their practice to an often faceless panel. We bend our words to fit into a summary of a proposal that is supposedly meant to inspire creativity; or present decolonial theories; or build new worlds; yet the system of choice and voice that leads the process is anything but creative or decolonized. In the face of constantly moulding oneself to assimilate to an artistic type/form/agenda, what can be said about being rejected – receiving the “unfortunately...” or “we are sorry to inform you...” template email after what is usually months of pensive speculation? Kwa niaba yako, I shredded them is a spatial intervention which begins with the process of shredding and recycling old (as well as newly) rejected proposals into material for creating paper planes. By eliminating the text that forms the foundation of the proposal (through the shredding, and immersion into water) the intervention aims to acknowledge the absence of sincerity in words, or rather, the lack of access to them outlined by the specificities of proposal writing jargon.

REHEMA CHACHAGE (artist, Dar es Salaam/Tanzania and Vienna/Austria) is a visual artist whose work can be described as performative archiving. She collects and transforms stories, rituals and oral traditions using different media (performance, photography, video, text and physical installations). Her tracing work focuses particularly on women's history(s) in the Swahili region. She holds a BA in Fine Art (2009) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory (2018) from Goldsmiths University of London. She is currently working on her PhD in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her work has been shown in Africa, Europe, Asia and South America.

Concept, Installation Rehema Chachage Technical Support Valerie Asiimwe Amani

 

ADEREMI ADEGBITE: Tutùolà Institute

The project White Money centers on addressing the complex issues relating to the administration of funds and the power-play phenomenon between institutions and cultural operators in the Global North and Global South. As a response to the dichotomy, Aderemi Adegbite has decided to set up a cultural institute within the scope of White Money. Tutùọlà Institute is a legal non-profit organization conceived as an alternative artistic platform for critical reflection and practices in our postcolonial world. The institute will promote Yoruba language, cultures in different countries and foster international cooperation as well as collaboration with private, governmental cultural institutions, artists, and creatives. For its inauguration at Sophiensæle Tutùọlà Institute will present an exhibition with video installations.

Aderemi Adegbite is an artist-curator and an interdisciplinary artist. His current artistic focus questions individual realities and truth(s) that stretch across the societal fabric as constants for an elastic socio-system. He is interested in how past experiences (agonies, joys, businesses, travels and religious beliefs) of being part of a family reshape individual’s present conditions and serve as catalysts for “the” surrealistic future. The psychological effect of the idea “one for all, all for one,” is at the centre of his new interventions. Aderemi has participated in some residencies/workshops: AiR at Bayreuth International Graduate Student of African Studies (BIGSAS), AiR with Jogjakarta Biennale, Photography Masterclass with Akinbode Akinbiyi, Goethe-Institut’s Photography Masterclass and The Nlele Institute’s Photography workshops.

Conceived by Aderemi Adegbite Artists Candice Breitz, Mario Pfeifer, Aline Motta, Rehema Chachage TranslatoR Kolade Igbasan

 

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.