Programme

Tomorrow | 19:00

Peggy Piesche Labor 89

September 29 | 19.00 Reading + Livestream
Festsaal + Online | 5 EURO | Online kostenfrei

Peggy Piesche invites you to a reading from her publication Labor 89, which deals with intersectional perspectives on the era of German-German reunification.

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Tanja Krone Mit echten Reden (1): Das Ellenbogen-Prinzip
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October 03 | 16.00 Outdoor Performance + Talk
im Garten der Sophienkirche | EINTRITT FREI

On October 3, Tanja Krone invites you to an outdoor adaptation of her successful festival performance from last fall, as the final highlight of our focus Das Ost-West-Ding 2.

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Daniel Hellmann In Walking Distance
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October 08 09 Outdoor Walk
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Navild Acosta + Fannie Sosa Black Power Naps
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October 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 | 15.00 - 18.00 Installation
Festsaal | EINTRITT FREI

Recent studies have shown that the distribution of rest is determined by race, with people of color regularly getting less sleep than white people. As a direct response to the Sleep Gap, the artists take over Sophiensæle’s Festsaal and invite people of color to break with constant fatigue by slowing down, resting, and interacting with soft, comfortable surfaces.

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Olympia Bukkakis A Touch of the Other
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October 08 09 10 | 20.00 DRAG / DANCE / PERFORMANCE
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

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Elischa Kaminer In Walking Distance
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October 10 11 Outdoor Walk
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Navild Acosta + Fannie Sosa Choir of the Slain (Part XX)
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October 13 14 | 20.00 Performance
FESTSAAL + ONLINE | 15/10 EURO | LIVESTREAM KOSTENFREI

A live song and dance activation from bed: The performance plays with multiplicitous states of being idle, protesting the power relations of the night which deprive BIPOC of rest.

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Peter Frost In Walking Distance
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October 14 15 Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Henrike Iglesias Academy
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October 16 | 18.00
October 16 | 19.30
October 17 18 | 15.00
October 17 18 | 16.30
Workshop
Online + Draussen | EINTRITT FREI

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María do Mar Castro Varela Zweifeln erlernen – Egoismus verlernen
October 17 | 19.00 Lecture
Festsaal + Online | 5 EURO | ONLINE KOSTENFREI

In her lecture, María do Mar Castro Varela reflects on the 'storming of the Reichstag' and other madness in times of pandemic.

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Politics of Love #8 Resilienz
October 18 | 19.00 Lecture
Festsaal + Online | 5 EURO | ONLINE KOSTENFREI

In this conversation we will take a critical look at a society that uses crises as a driver for its optimization and in this context we will also look at the role of culture.

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim In Walking Distance
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October 19 20 Outdoor Walk
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen The Kids Are Alright
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October 21 22 23 24 | 19.00
October 21 22 23 24 | 21.00
Performance / Installation
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Simone Dede Ayivi and accomplices have held talks with grandparents, parents and children from different communities and present their diverging ideas of a "better life" in a performative installation.

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Liz Rosenfeld In Walking Distance
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October 24 25 Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Marjani Forté-Saunders / 7NMS Memoirs of a... Unicorn
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October 25 26 | 20.00 Online film screening + talk
ONLINE | EINTRITT FREI

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Jess Thom Biscuits without Borders:
October 27 | 12.00 Lecture via Zoom
Online | EINTRITT FREI

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Lernen aus dem Lockdown? Nachdenken über Freies Theater.
October 27 | 19.00 Book launch
Festsaal | EINTRITT FREI

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Jess Thom Disability Culture in a time of Pandemic
October 29 | 12.00 Lecture via Zoom
Online | EINTRITT FREI

Touretteshero co-founder Jess Thom examines and reflects on the barriers and opportunities that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown.

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Raus aus dem Kopf, rein in den Körper
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October 29 | 18.00 Online Workshop
Online | EINTRITT FREI

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Flinn Works Learning Feminism from Rwanda
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October 29 30 31 | 21.00
November 01 | 18.00
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

How does the women's quota change culture and mindset? With flaming speeches, statistics, lamentations and protest choreographies Flinn Works follow the trail of Rwandan fast-track feminism.

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Teresa Vittucci, Michael Turinsky + Claire Vivianne Sobottke We Bodies
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October 30 31 | 18.00 Dance / Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

To resist categories like "normal" or "beautiful", the three performers create a series of exorcisms in which they distort pop-cultural figures and phenomena into monstrousness.

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Jule Flierl, Luise Meier oder Vera Pulido In Walking Distance
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October 31
November 01
Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Isabelle Schad Knotting & Rotations
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November 06 07 08 09 | 20.00 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Isabelle Schad celebrates the beauty of simple movement sequences in two powerful solos.

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Company Christoph Winkler It's All Forgotten Now
November 12 13 14 | 20.00 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

Dance meets music, film, video and spoken word: A performative homage to Mark Fisher.

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Vanessa Stern Sleeping Duties
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November 19 20 21 22 | 19.30 Spoken theater
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

A railroad movie meets a chamber play: Four train passengers keep themselves awake with problems on their way to Spitzbergen.

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Sheena McGrandles Figured
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November 21 22 | 15.00 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

Forward, backward, cut, all back, repeat: two figures move in front of a wall. Their bodies and their relationship to each other are constantly interrupted and so are the narratives that unfold and disappear again.

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Sheena McGrandles Flush
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November 21 22 | 16.30 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

Sheena McGrandles composes stylized body landscapes calling both to the erotic and absurd.

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matthaei & konsorten Die Sumpfgeborene
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November 24 25 26 27 28 29 Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

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Specials
 

Risk and Resilience Olympia Bukkakis A Touch of the Other

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Foto © Mayra Wallraff
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Foto © Mayra Wallraff

DRAG / DANCE / PERFORMANCE

October 08 09 10 | 20.00
Hochzeitssaal
15/10 EURO

In English

With lipsync, dance, video and storytelling, the drag legend and self-proclaimed Queen of the Heavens and of the Earth, Olympia Bukkakis tackles the question of the role of trans identities and drag practices in the current feminist discourse. For this, she ventures to fall back on her own family history: for it is not only for Bukkakis that the external assessment of her body, which was assigned male at birth, has had a profound influence on her existence in the world. Because of the female ascriptions to her body, Olympia Bukkakis' mother and her five sisters carry out feminised labour - professions traditionally occupied by women and less valued by society. It is precisely in the example of feminised labour and its lower social esteem that Bukkakis finds interfaces to her own work as a drag performer: in the form of shared vulnerabilities, strengths and resilience strategies. In this way she creates a space for recognition and new ties of feminist solidarity beyond fixed gender, sex and generational boundaries.

Accessibility Information
The show has a duration of 60 minutes and uses English spoken language. The stage area is very brightly lit and fog occurs, quick light changes or loud music are not planned so far. Silence is not mandatory, but the audience is kindly requested not to leave the room during the show. The performance deals with traumas. The information on accessibility will be continuously updated. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 29 87 00 35.

OLYMPIA BUKKAKIS is a drag and dance artist. In 2009 she started to perform in Melbourne, Australia. Since moving to Berlin in 2012, she has organised various queer performance nights in Berlin, including Get Fucked, Apocalypse Tonight and Queens Against Borders. In 2018, she completed the SODA Master's degree at HZT with her piece Tales From a State of Shemergency. Her piece Gender Euphoria celebrated its premiere at the Sophiensæle within the Tanztage Berlin 2019. Most recently she showed: Work on Progress (HAU), Under Pressures (Gessnerallee, Zurich) and Boys Night Out (Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne).

CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY Olympia Bukkakis DRAMATURGY Allison Wiltshire STAGE DESIGN Camille Lacadee LIGHT Maika Knoblich SOUND Lyra Pramuk COSTUMES Jay Barry Matthews PRODUCTION Lisa Gehring PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Paul Niedermeyer

A production by Olympia Bukkakis in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.

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