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Tomi Paasonen
Pas de Q
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December 03 | 20.00
December 04 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Pas de Q enters the classical ballet world to turn choreographic forms and traditions upside down and reinvent them. A queer ensemble of male and non-binary dancers
pushes movement, dance and queer aesthetics to the extreme. In a utopian science fiction world, the team fuses drag art and pointe dance into a labyrinth of imaginative perversions, beyond morality and shame. 

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Enad Marouf
In My Hand a Word
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December 09 10 | 20.00
December 10 | 17.00
December 11 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In the scenic adaptation of his own text, the Syrian-German performance and video artist Enad Marouf deals with loss from a queer perspective: the loss of family, home and relationships, but also that of meaning and language. The audience enters a place where fragments overlap. Two figures move through scenes whose internal coherence continues to unravel through memories, anecdotes, and associative references.

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Melanie Jame Wolf
The Creep
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December 17 18 | 16.00

The Creep at feldfünf is the first in a series of installations by Berlin based choreographer and visual artist, Melanie Jame Wolf, in which she will enact her ongoing creep studies. It is a choreography between two figures – a cowboy and a mountain – embodying a poetic meditation on violence and storytelling.

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Jelena Stefanoska & Saša Asentić
Жизела / Giselle
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December 17 18 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Жизела / Giselle uses dance and language to explore the similarities and differences between the artist Jelena Stefanoska and the tragic ballet character Giselle. The piece tells of the need to love and be loved – and, above all, of the desire and feeling to live a life with dignity.

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Tanztage Berlin 2023
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JANUAR 05 – 21

Hey, why do you look so tired? "Urgency culture" expects us to be connected and responsive constantly. There is little to no time left to imagine the world otherwise. Tanztage Berlin – a yearly festival highlighting the work of the city's emerging dance makers – is back to diagnose the present and predict the future. Its 32nd edition investigates our daily overstimulation and chronic fatigue by reflecting on how we move to the rhythm of today's high-speed, social media-driven reality and its challenges.

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Rodrigo Garcia Alves / Liz Rosenfeld: Residency Showing: New Techniques I

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for free at | 24 hours online
In English with German subtitles

We would like to invite you to the first online showing happening in the frame of the residency program New Techniques at Sophiensæle. On December 17th, Rodrigo Garcia Alves and Liz Rosenfeld will share some of their ongoing creative research around the topic of queer hospice in the form of video scores, followed by a conversation with Mateusz Szymanówka, dance dramaturge at Sophiensæle.

How will we take care of each other as non-blood-related family? What do we require as queer people to ensure that we will be able to provide the end-of-life care that we envision? How can artistic research become a life-long commitment explored in different forms and iterations? During their residency at Sophiensæle Rodrigo Alves Garcia and Liz Rosenfeld met with figures who work with death in both pragmatic and creative ways: a palliative doctor, a death doula, a choir director, a bondage expert and a tattoo healer, among others. Together they deepened the knowledge around dying and queer care, creating choreographic scores, video works and auto-discursive writing dealing with questions of intimacy, asking how queer kin can continue to hold space for each other politically, artistically, architecturally and emotionally as they prepare for their hospice. In their residency, they had the privilege to spend studio time with Colin Self, Maja Zimmermann, Fercha Pombo, Andre Neely, Imogen Heath, Christian Küllmei and Dasnyia Sommer.

With the residency program NEW TECHNIQUES Sophiensæle wants to support emerging dance makers who have not yet benefited from structural support. Until the end of 2021, one choreographer per half-year will participate in the residency for one month with their artistic team. In November/December 2020 Rodrigo Garcia Alves and Liz Rosenfeld will explore questions of queer care; in March 2021 Tiran Willemse Normanson will research the connection between race, gender and melancholia; and in November 2021 Angela Alves will work around the topic of pleasure and visualization. Sophiensæle is among nine Berlin production houses participating in the pilot project Residency Funding Dance of the Berlin's Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

LIZ ROSENFELD is a Berlin-based filmmaker and performer who works with moving images and performance in order to convey a sense of past and future histories. Rosenfeld is invested in concepts of how history can be queered and experienced through the moment and the ways in which it is lived and remembered. Rosenfeld is part of the Berlin film production collective NowMomentNow, and one of the founding members of the food- performance group foodGASM, which explores the intersection of creative labor, food, and industry. RODRIGO GARCIA ALVES studied Solo Dance Authorship at HZT Berlin. Studio Disorder is his platform for cooperation with queer and migrant artists.

WITH Rodrigo Garcia Alves, Liz Rosenfeld In conversation with Mateusz Szymanówka

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