Programme
Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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September 27 28 | 18.15
September 29 30 | 18.00
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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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
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October 13 14 15 | 19.00
October 16 | 17.00
Tickets
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
Tickets
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
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October 20 21 | 19.30
Tickets
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 25 | 20.00
October 23 | 18.00
Tickets
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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Lois Alexander
BIPoC-only*: Yeye
BIPOC-ONLY (1)
October 24 | 20.00
Tickets
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
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October 27 28 29 | 20.00
October 30 | 18.00
Tickets
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
Hausführung
October 28 | 17.00
Tickets
Various Locations | 5 €

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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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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