Programme
Today | 16:00
Imagining futures: what if?
DISKUSSION Imagining Futures
May 20 | 16.00
Discussion/Livestream
Festsaal-Foyer/online | Eintritt frei

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Imagining Futures brought together twelve innovative performing arts festivals for a pan-European experiment – a future-focused and predominantly female peer network that offered participating festival directors and artists a deep listening space and a moment to be together, think together, and dream of different futures.

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Today | 17:30 - 21:30
Bodies of Care
Platzhalter1
May 20 | 17.30 - 21.30
May 21 | 15.30 - 20.00
Videoinstallation
Festsaal-Foyer | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 15:30 - 15:45
Bodies of Care: Togetherness
Platzhalter6
May 21 | 15.30 - 15.45
Audioinstallation
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 16:00 - 16:30
Bodies of Care: The Skin Creature
Platzhalter1
May 21 | 16.00 - 16.30
Participatory Performance
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Kareth Schaffer
Question of Belief
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May 26 27 28 29 | 20.00
Tickets
Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Question of Belief, choreographer Kareth Schaffer addresses the demons of today’s world: Between actionism and laziness, distraction and apathy, the performers Mădălina Dan and Manon Parent fight their way through stage designer Dan Lancea's inflating stage landscape.

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Josephine Findeisen
Working Class Dance Group
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May 27 | 18.00
Tickets
15/10 €

Working Class Dance Group shows a working state of an ongoing research on class structures. The dancers revisit historical, female-proletarian perspectives and investigate the intersections of class, gender and the body.

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Lea Sherin Kübler + Soraya Reichl & Ensemble
Remember Now!
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June 03 04 05 | 14.00
June 03 04 05 | 17.00
Tickets
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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CRANKY BODIES a/company
Terrestrial transit - kick off
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June 03 04 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The interdisciplinary project Terrestrial Transit deals with the activist practice of artistic intervention, which is gaining importance again in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe, in view of the strengthening of right-wing authoritarian regimes. The work of the dance company CRANKY BODIES a/company, founded in August 2020 by Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper, refers in particular to political forms of protest in the tradition of Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art before the fall of the Wall.

 

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
History has failed us, but…
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June 09 10 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

History has failed us, but... deals with physical forms of protest and searches for a solidary togetherness while taking into account different bodies. Which narratives and images of resistance are remembered - and how are they told?

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Kiana Rezvani
Cyber Ghosts
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June 11 | 20.00
June 12 | 18.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

The Sophiensæle are happy to be able to catch up this summer with the work of Kiana Rezvani from the Tanztage Berlin 2022 programme, which could not be presented during the festival in January due to the pandemic.

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Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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June 17 20-24 27 28 29 30 | 20.45 - 21.45
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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Vanessa Stern
Die Rache der Panda-Pussies
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June 21 23 24 25 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The Panda Pussies bring an inclusive, cross-generational gender theater to the stage – in the best anarchic Schlingensief tradition, with music and intelligent racket.

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Sommerfest
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June 22 | 18.00
Feast

This year we want to continue our old tradition: we celebrate the Sophiensæle summer festival - without any drama! 

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TANZTAGE BERLIN 2023 | OPEN CALL
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© Jan Grygoriew

TO ALL emerging DANCE ARTISTS BASED IN BERLIN

Every new year, the Tanztage Berlin is not only the city's very first festival, it has also established itself nationally and internationally as an important platform for emerging dance artists since its founding in 1996. The next edition of Tanztage Berlin will once again take place under the artistic direction of Mateusz Szymanówka. The festival is currently planned for 5-21 January 2023 - however, the form as well as the exact date will depend on the constant reassessment of the pandemic. The festival offers emerging dance artists based in Berlin a framework for their new productions and revivals. The programme of the last two editions can be found at: https://tanztage-berlin.sophiensaele.com.

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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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