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Angela Alves: NO LIMIT

JUNE 16 17 18 | 8 PM

It's show time! In the remote performance NO LIMIT, audience and performers will meet in a webinar format to take a closer look at the concept of norm: To which norm do we actually want to return after this "exceptional situation"? And do we want to continue glorifying strategies of self-exploitation in the norm of the future?

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NetzKantine: Kieze gegen rechts

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Part of the DAYS OF SHINING ACTION is an online edition of our regular series KiezKantine. Under the motto Kieze gegen rechts, from May 04 - 08, we will stream five interviews right into your home. The Podcast presents five projects and initiatives from Berlin that are actively engaged in civil society and show how to stand up against discrimination and for an open society on a small scale.

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Angela Alves NO LIMIT

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June 16 17 18 | 20.00 Remote-Performance

It's show time! In the remote performance NO LIMIT, audience and performers will meet in a webinar format to take a closer look at the concept of norm: To which norm do we actually want to return after this "exceptional situation"? And do we want to continue glorifying strategies of self-exploitation in the norm of the future?

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Johannes Müller / Philine Rinnert Im Weissen Rössl am Central Park
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June 19 20 21 Audioplay
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Müller/Rinnert merge the music of the revue Im Weißen Rössl with a New York expat-adaptation by Jimmy Berg: An audio play about Jewish-German refugee experience, lost entertainment history and the dazzling (re)discovery of Heimat.

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Angela Alves: NO LIMIT

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JUNE 16 17 18 | 8 PM

It's show time! In the remote performance NO LIMIT, audience and performers will meet in a webinar format to take a closer look at the concept of norm: To which norm do we actually want to return after this "exceptional situation"? And do we want to continue glorifying strategies of self-exploitation in the norm of the future?

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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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