Sophiensæle 23/24


The programme 23/24 of Sophiensæle starts on 07.12.2023

On 7.12.2023, after urgently needed renovation work, the 2023/2024 season will begin at the Sophiensaele under the new artistic direction of Andrea Niederbuchner and Jens Hillje. We will publish the programme for the opening and the season on 26.10.2023, which is also the day when the pre-sale begins.

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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 5-20 January 2024. 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:

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FREISCHWIMMEN, the international exchange and production platform for young groups and artists from performance and theatre, welcomes the participants of the new round 2022/23. Following an open call for applications, the houses selected the following artists from a total of 264 applications in a joint decision-making process:

  • Alex Franz Zehetbauer / brut Wien
  • Sterna | Pau / FFT Düsseldorf
  • Ceylan Öztrük / Gessnerallee Zürich
  • Lulu Obermayer / HochX München
  • Yolanda Morales / Schwankhalle Bremen
  • Göksu Kunak / SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin
  • Studio Urbanistan / LOFFT – DAS THEATER Leipzig
  • Donya Ahmadifar / Theater Rampe Stuttgart

Within the framework of FREISCHWIMMEN, artists and groups produce at a partner house and are funded with a co-production contribution of up to 12,000 €. They get to know the other artists and the contact persons of all the houses within the framework of a LAB and receive support in the form of dramaturgical, technical and production-related advice. In addition, they have the opportunity to realise two residencies and, if possible, a guest performance at other Freischwimmen theatres. In addition, the network promotes the continuous exchange of knowledge and experience between all participants and facilitates training, coaching formats and workshops on working in the independent scene with a focus on power-critical issues and aspects of discrimination sensitivity and sustainability.

THE NETWORK           
FREISCHWIMMEN is a production platform for performance and theatre supported by brut Wien, FFT Düsseldorf, Gessnerallee Zürich, HochX München, LOFFT - DAS THEATER Leipzig, Schwankhalle Bremen, SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin and Theater Rampe Stuttgart. The network is intended to enable young artists and groups to become better anchored and networked locally as well as nationally and internationally. The aim is to create space for experimentation, freeing them from the pressure of expectations of quickly produced plays and facilitating long-term development work on the part of the production houses. FREISCHWIMMEN is currently funded until the end of 2023 within the framework of the programme "Promoting Connections" of the German Federal Association of the Performing Arts (Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste).


FREISCHWIMMEN meets RODEO / 07 - 15 October 2022 in Munich

As the conclusion of the latest round of Freischwimmen in the period from 2020 to 2022, the HochX in Munich invites you to a unique double festival of the independent scene in Munich with FREISCHWIMMEN meets RODEO from 07 to 15 October 2022. The Rodeo Festival has been the most important platform for the independent performing arts in Munich since 2010. The programme of the double festival consists of 9 Freischwimmen productions, 6 Rodeo productions and a broad supporting programme of discourse formats, workshops, concerts and party. The festival is supported by Theater und Live Art München e.V., with Antonia Beermann and Ute Gröbel as artistic directors.

Further information on the formats and artists (groups) as well as current dates can be found at WWW.FREISCHWIMMEN.ORG.


Freischwimmen is the production platform for performance and theatre, supported by brut Wien, FFT Düsseldorf, Gessnerallee Zürich, HochX München, LOFFT - DAS THEATER Leipzig, Schwankhalle Bremen, SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin, Theater Rampe Stuttgart and. FREISCHWIMMEN is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media through the programme "Promoting Connections" of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste e.V. Freischwimmen is further supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.

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