Programme
Rike Flämig / Anna Hentschel / Zwoisy Mears-Clarke POSTOST 2O9O
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September 24 25 26 | 20.00
September 26 | 16.00
Dance/Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

An ossifuturist retrospective that looks at feminist utopias of the women's and civil rights movement of 1989/9O and their visionary potential from an intersectional perspective.

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Peggy Piesche Labor 89
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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
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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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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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
Potrait Hyunsin_c_Christian Cattelan
October 19 20 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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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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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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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 Rotations & Knotting
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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 Dance
Hochzeitssaal |

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Sheena McGrandles Flush
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November 21 22 Dance
Hochzeitssaal |

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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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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