Programme
Tomorrow | 18:00
Sebastian Matthias
Urban Creatures
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August 10 11 12 | 18.00
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Dance
Festsaal | 25/15 €

In the piece, which is both music theatre and dance performance, the audience itself becomes part of a living sound installation. Electronic sounds emanate from their own mobile phone loudspeakers, which change depending on the distance to the performers and merge into a single collective body of sound.

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Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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August 15-19 | 19.45
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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Mette Ingvartsen
The Dancing Public
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August 17 18 19 | 21.00
Tickets
Dance
Festsaal | 25/15 €

Inspired by the historical phenomenon of dance frenzy - the solo dance mixes ecstatic eruptions with pounding beats and is party, spoken word concert and expression of physical madness to exhaustion all in one.

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Faye Driscoll
Thank You For Coming: Space
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August 24 25 26 27 | 18.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 25/15 €

Faye Driscoll stands alone on stage but creates a dynamic group experience. She is part of a complex installation, is wired for sound transmission and is supported by pulleys, ropes or the weight of others.

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Pelenakeke Brown
Enter // Return
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September 09 10 | 18.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For the first time in Germany, the festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer presents a work by the Sāmoan/Pākeha artist Pelenakeke Brown. With her collective of disabled artists, she takes a new look at aesthetics and the art of the disabled body in this interdisciplinary performance.

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Sindri Runudde
A Sensoral Lecture
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September 09 10 | 21.00
September 11 | 16.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Can a voice message be more intimate than a nude photo? Together with composer Marta Forsberg, Sindri Runudde explores the concept of voicemail and the culture of auditory versus text-based SMS: A Sensoral Lecture is all about auditory romance and love at first frequency - an exploration of sound and especially the voice as a form of touch.

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Quiplash (Amelia and Al Lander-Cavallo)
Queere Audiodeskription
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September 13 | 14.00 - 18.30
September 14 | 11.00 - 15.30
Festsaal | 10/20/30/40 €

Join Quiplash to explore what it means to integrate audio description into performance, queerly. The workshop takes place over two relaxed half-day sessions (with breaks) at the Festsaal of Sophiensæle.

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Anajara Amarante
Butching Cowboys
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September 15 | 20.00
September 16 17 | 18.00
Tickets
Kantine | 15/10 €

Anajara Amarante takes the audience into their queer version of South American surrealism and creates entire dance landscapes out of it: Closely connected to the artists, the audience experiences a crescendo evening that is both visual protest and ritual celebration.

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Quiplash
Unsightly Drag and Friends
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September 16 17 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Welcome to Unsightly Drag and Friends: Quiplash invites the audience to a dazzling and somewhat different evening of cabaret! Between musical and stand-up comedy, abstract worlds and smooth moves the ensemble of Queer Crips (short: Quips) show us how sexy the mix of entertainment and access can be.

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Angela Alves
Tennis
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September 23 24 | 19.00
September 26 27 | 20.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In the dance performance TENNIS, Angela Alves examines sport, art and society for ableist and classist patterns of discrimination; exploring  methods to confront them without losing her nerve. In the setting of a tennis court, the dancer takes up the racket and prepares to serve for an accessible future.

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Sheena McGrandles
Dawn: A Musical on Reproduction
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September 23 24 | 21.00
September 24 | 14.00
September 25 | 16.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Sheena McGrandles’s successful experimental musical is back: Between concert, spoken word and performance, one ensemble together with a small choir of childless people speculates on new ways of starting a family!

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Thorsten Lensing
Verrückt nach Trost
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September 30 | 19.00
October 01 02 07 08 09 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 28/18 €

The children Charlotte and Felix emerge from the sea and play as their dead parents on the beach. It's a ritual the two have been practicing for years. In memory of their parents' wild exuberance, they put sunscreen on their backs and tickle each other until they can hardly breathe. For brief moments,all sadness falls away from them. Again and again, however, the different needs of the two ten- and eleven-year-old siblings break into the game.

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen
Let‘s J̶u̶s̶t̶ Be Friends
October 13 14 15 | 19.00
October 16 | 17.00
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In Let's Just Be Friends, Simone Dede Ayivi interviews people who live their friendships as a feminist counter-concept to family businesses or marriages: Friends who do projects together or take on responsibilities for each other that are usually attributed to the close family context or romantic relationships between two people.

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James Batchelor & Collaborators
Shortcuts to Familiar Places
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October 17 18 19 20 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Shortcuts to Familiar Places, James Batchelor creates a personal performance about the body as a site of historical and choreographic inscription.

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Company Christoph Winkler
Radical Minimal
October 20 21 | 19.30
15/10 €

With Radical Minimal, the Berlin-based Company Christoph Winkler explores the radical potential of minimal music and contemporary dance. In three choreographies, the team reinterprets three well-known pieces of minimal music: Come Out by Steve Reich, Coming Together by Frederic Rzewski and Stay on it by Julius Eastman.

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Lois Alexander
Yeye
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October 22 24 25 | 20.00
October 23 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Lois Alexander explores the afterlife of slavery and the reverberations on our present.Yeye explores memory, traces and notions of a motherland, moving through different levels of video, text and performance.

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Anna Natt
Queering Nosferatu
October 27 28 29 | 20.00
October 30 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In her new performance, Anna Natt, together with experimental musician Robert Curgenven, examines the vampire figure of Nosferatu for its queerness.

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Hausführung
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October 28 | 17.00
Various Locations |

If you want to get to know the history of Sophiensæle, join one of our guided tours. Regular guided tours are in German. English guided tours are available for groups of five people or more.

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Festival
Tanz im August 2022
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34. International Festival Berlin
August 05-27

The international festival Tanz im August, presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, is once again showing a full three-week programme with international and local choreographers from different generations. From August 5–27, 2022 a total of 21 productions with around 200 artists from over 25 countries are being shown in 87 performances at HAU Hebbel am Ufer and 6 other venues in Berlin. 

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Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer
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September 09-17

For the first time in Germany, the Sophiensæle will bring together international works by queer disabled artists as part of the performance festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer – with all the challenges and potentials that the intersections of disability and queerness entail.

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Queer Darlings 3 Politics of Love #10 Queering Race

Queering Race Visual
Video on Demand
2022 February 05-13
2022 March 04-20
Online
In English

The Queer Darlings edition of the discussion series is dedicated to current strategies of staging and queering race through the works blackmilk:trompoppies by tiran and JEZEBEL by Cherish Menzo. Like gender, race is a social construct beyond biological realities and can be seen as a performative phenomenon: both identities are far from stable, materialize through repetitive acts, and require the "other" for demarcation. Yet the category of race is less fluid, and the appropriation of new identities is regularly conceptualized primarily from the perspective of white dominant culture. How can this power imbalance be reversed? And what role does race play in the market-effective stereotyping of masculinity and femininity?

GUESTS

Cherish Menzo graduated in 2013 from The Urban Contemporary program (JMD) of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam. She danced in productions by choreographers such as Eszter Salamon, Akram Khan, Leo Lerus, Hanzel Nezza, Benjamin Kahn, Olivier Dubois, Ula Sickle, Lisbeth Gruwez, Jan Martens, and Nicole Beutler. Besides performing in other people's productions, she has been creating her own work for about five years. JEZEBEL won an Amsterdam Fringe Award and an International Bursary Award (2019). JEZEBEL was also nominated for the BNG Bank Theaterprijs and the Nederlandse Dansdagenprijs in 2020 and was part of the selection of Het TheaterFestival (in both Belgium - selection NieuwJong - and in The Netherlands). Cherish Menzo is currently in the research phase for a new performance called DARKMATTER (premiere May 2022), a duet together with Camilo Meija Cortes. 

TIRAN is an artist, born in South-Africa, situated between Zürich and Berlin. His performance based practise explores the body inside an unimaginable environment. Using physical depth to create sonic images that deal with the construction of systems, creating experiences that communicate somatic and psychological landscapes beyond the human condition. He has worked and collaborated with Eszter Salamon, Jerome bel, Trajal Harrell, Meg Stuart, Ligia Lewis, Andros Zins-Browne, Dorota Gaweda & Eglé Kulbokaite, Price (Mattias Ringgenberg) and with Cullberg ballet under Deborah Hay and Jeftha Van Dinther.

Joana Tischkau is a choreographer and performer. Her choreographic practice intertwines the discursive fields of racism, feminism, popular culture and Black German identity and negotiates them away from didactic approaches, but appropriately and accessibly in their complexity. The final project of her Master's degree at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, PLAYBLACK, was invited to Tanzplattform Deutschland and the Impulse Festival Showcase NRW, among others. Her follow-up work BEING PINK AIN'T EASY won an award at Sophiensælen in 2019 and was also invited to Tanzplattform 2022. In 2019/20 she was a performer in Anta Helena Recke's Die Kränkungen der Menschheit, which was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2020. In winter 21/22 she developed her first own city theatre production KARNEVAL at Stadttheater Oberhausen. In 2021 she received, among other things, the inaugural Otilie Röderstein Scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Art in Hesse.

WITH Cherish Menzo, tiran, Joana Tischkau i.a. CONCEPT, MODERATION Joy Kristin Kalu

A production by SOPHIENSÆLE. Media partner: Siegessäule, PW-Magazine, taz, die Tageszeitung.