Programme
Jess Thom
Biscuits Without Borders + Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic
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June 21-30
July 01-31

Jess Thom's Lecture Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic and her talk Biscuits Without Borders with Noa Winter are now available as videos on demand. Both events took place during the performance festival Risk and Resilience in October 2020. >> WATCH VIDEOS HERE

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Flinn Works
Global Belly_Zoom
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June 24 25 26 | 20.00
June 26 | 17.30
15/10 €
Tickets

The unfulfilled desire to have children drives couples from Germany and Switzerland abroad. They entrust surrogates in India, the US and Ukraine to deliver their children. These ‘intending parents’ duck legal boundaries and enter unknown moral ground. Flinn Works has undertaken research in all five countries in order to gain a deeper understanding of gestational surrogacy.

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Bernadette La Hengst
MUTTER**LAND
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June 30 | 21.00
July 01 02 03 | 21.00
15/10 Euro zzgl. Gebühren
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The theatrical songwriter Bernadette La Hengst embarks together with her 16-year-old daughter and the audience on a musical journey through time to the stations of her mother's life between Silesia, the GDR, Lebanon and the FRG.

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Siegmar Zacharias & Steve Heather
WAVES #3 - LISTENING SESSIONS TOWARDS SOCIAL BODIES
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July 02 | 20.00
0/5/10 €

Sound meditations to dwell together in a space where we do not have to be alone: Siegmar Zacharias and her team offer WAVES in sensory and affective modes as a series of listening sessions together with FFT Düsseldorf and Sophiensæle Berlin, from May until December 2021. 

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Olympia Bukkakis
Too Much
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July 07 08 09 10 | 21.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Too Much Olympia Bukkakis crashes performance against itself. Based on her own experiences as a drag performer, she devotes herself to the special relationship between performer and audience.

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Rita Mazza
DANDELION II
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July 08 09 | 19.00
Eintritt frei

After experiences in the European deaf performance community, Rita Mazza now presents her first choreographic work at Sophiensæle. Entering the stage as a playground, she explores the combination of dance and sign language movements and creates a whole new form of visual poetry. 

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Lois Alexander
Yeye
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July 08 | 19.00
July 09 | 16.00
July 10-23
5-25 €
Tickets

In her latest performance work, created for the camera, choreographer and performer 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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Jan Kress
Swallow Swallow
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July 12 | 18.00
July 13-25
Eintritt frei

With a focus on intensive bodywork, Jan Kress develops his own artistic language that combines sign language and dance.

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IRENA Z. TOMAŽIN + JULE FLIERL
U.F.O.
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July 15 16 17 18 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In their first collaboration, German sound dancer Jule Flierl and Slovenian choreo-vocalist Irena Z. Tomažin celebrate their shared interest in Katalin Ladik's artistic position.

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Lea Sherin Kübler + Soraya Reichl & Ensemble
Remember Now!
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July 16 17 18 | 14.00
July 16 17 18 | 17.00
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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GÖKSU KUNAK
An(a)kara
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July 17 18 | 18.00
July 19 20 | 20.00
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

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TANZSCOUT 2.0
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July 19-31
August 01

The Tanzscout team invites you to this AUDIO Tune-in & COLLAGE Wrap-up, with which we continue to connect dance pieces and audience members online.

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Isabelle Schad
FUR + ROTATIONS + TURNING SOLO 2
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July 22-26 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The works are part of an ongoing series by choreographer Isabelle Schad, in which she invites the audience to dive into a process of timelessness, closeness and contemplation.

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Service
Outreach
About

The craftman’s workshop

The Sophiensæle are located in the former building of the craftsman's association, whose turbulent history begins with its construction in 1904/1905. It was built in one of the oldest streets of the Berlin-Mitte: the over 300-year-old Sophienstraße.

Founded in 1844, the craftsman’s association was a special type of educational society for blue-collar workers. Its purpose was to offer specialized jobtraining for craftsmen and prepare them for their master craftsman’s diploma examination and to host friendly get-togethers.

The building complex, whose ground plot resembles an “H”, consisted of over 90 rooms, instruction rooms, a restaurant with a beer garden, a library, a skittle alley, and more. The Festsaal (banquet hall) and the restaurant on the ground floor were rented out to an independent leaseholder under the name Sophien-Säle (Sophien-halls). Already at the time, the Festsaal was a popular location for theatre shows.

The building’s most meaningful time politically began with its use by the working class movement in the early 20th century. In the 1910s and ‘20s, the building was frequently used as an assembly space by the revolutionary left in Berlin, who were based on the nearby Rosenthaler Straße. Famous revolutionaries Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg spoke here. During the Third Reich, forced labourers from Holland produced propaganda-leaflets for the Nazis in the Festsaal. In the German Democratic Republic, the rooms were used by the Maxim Gorki Theatre as workshops: While the Hochzeitssaal (wedding hall) functioned as a dining hall and the Festsaal held a large carpenter’s workshop.

In the fall of 1996, the Sophiensæle was opened as a space for independent theatre production with the premiere of Sasha Waltz‘ successful play Allee der Kosmonauten (Boulevard of the Cosmonauts). The production was invited to the festival Theatertreffen in 1997 and quickly generated public interest in the new theatre. From 2000 to 2007 Amelie Deuflhard took over as artistic director of the theatre, followed (until 2010) by Heike Albrecht. Since 2011 the artistic director of Sophiensæle is Franziska Werner. Today, Sophiensæle is one of the most important locations for German-speaking independent art-production.

A guided historical tour through the building takes place twice per quarter and on request for groups of 5 or more. You can reach us by phone at (030) 2789 00 34 or by email at presse@sophiensaele.com.

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