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10178 Berlin-Mitte
Saison 24/25
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Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim: Agora Hysteria

Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim: Agora Hysteria

Enough of prevailing patriarchal discourses, eternal power struggles and ongoing discrimination: Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim transform the Sophiensæle Kantine into a contemporary version of the ancient agora, the central place of assembly in the Greek polis.

But unlike its ancient role model, Agora Hysteria will become a platform for inclusive exchange. Together with their audience, Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddandarakim create a center for conversation and discussion, a moment of pause and an opportunity to share knowledge. At the same time, they reclaim the concept of hysteria. From the medical vocabulary of repression to self-determined rebellion – Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim are hysterical and that's a good thing! The Agora Hysteria invites interested visitors to four days of exchange, input and relaxation to engage in conversation about changing questions and topics in a performative framework.


Agora Hysteria #1: SO SICK!

On June 6, SO SICK! deals with chronic diseases and an approach to taking collective responsibility for illness. With various performances, the first day of Agora Hysteria will be looking for strategies of slowing down. With, among others Alexander Hahne and Hendrik Quast. The day ends with a concert.

Agora Hysteria #2: Speculative Biographies

On June 7, the Agora Hysteria will be dedicated to transnational adoption. Under the title Speculative Biographies, the power relationship between the global South and North will be highlighted. Amongst others, kimura byol lemoine, Canadian artist and activist, will show video works and objects; scientist and author Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen will provide insights into their own research. In the evening, Olivia Hyunsin Kim invites you to her legendary dance karaoke Everybody Danceoke.

Agora Hysteria #3: Gender Euphoria

On June 8, Agora Hysteria will celebrate the performative aspect of gender and body self-determination for a day under the title Gender Euphoria. Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim will be accompanied on this day by Olympia Bukkakis, The Darvish and queer-feminist opera band Die Schlangenknaben, among others.

The next performance project by Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim, Be thankful, will premiere at the Sophiensæle in October 2024.


Concept, artistic direction: Olivia Hyunsin Kim, Jones Seitz
With: Alexander Hahne, Hendrik Quast, kimura byol lemoine, Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen, Olympia Bukkakis, The Darvish, Die Schlangenknaben
Set design: Luca Plaumann
Technical direction: Gefährliche Arbeit/Frieder Miller
Production management: ehrliche arbeit - freelance cultural office
Photos, documentation: Christian Cattelan

A production by Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim in co-production with Sophiensæle. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion of the State of Berlin and by the Performing Arts Fund from funds provided by the Federal Government's Beauftragten für Kultur und Medien. Media partners: Siegessäule, taz.

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