February 02 03 04 | 20.00 February 05 | 18.00
Drag/Music/Dance Festsaal | 15/10 €
replay investigates the formal relationships between movement and sound in pop, classical music, opera and drag. Drawing on her own biography, Olympia Bukkakis and her rebellious back up dancers raise questions about class and cultural hierarchies.
Insel der Orgeln (Island of Organs) is a happening of dance, music, performance and installation and searches for experienced, repressed and dreamed concepts of life and survival. On the island, travelers bring together terrible and promising life stories to the polyphony of the organs in order to invoke the question of the healing power of the social family of choice.
Kontakthof by Pina Bausch is one of the most famous works of contemporary dance. In 2018, artist Dalibor Šandor wondered why Bausch never actually made a version with disabled artists. Dis Contact is a new work by artists belonging to communities and cultures that are systematically oppressed in the world where Kontakthof has a prominent status.
February 26 | 18.00 February 27 28 | 20.00 March 01 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €
In OUT OF MIND Eva Meyer-Keller and her accomplices develop choreographic approaches to what we call consciousness and experience. She takes neuroscientific approaches as a starting point to undertake a dive into a slippery terrain of uncertainties and turns the theater space into an experimental laboratory in which more-thanhuman performers enter the scene as well.
Time out of Joint is a grotesque variety show of political speeches and a virtuously cacophonous concert of feminist struggles of the 20th century. Applying the tactic of tactlessness, utterances by historically influential female* speakers are dissected, distorted and recomposed. Dancing bodies explore rhetorical strategies as questions of rhythmic (re)arrangement and make voice audible as the battlefield of political representation.
What does the demand for a “decolonization of the University” mean for German-language theater studies? What could a post- or decolonial Theater Science look like in research and teaching? Together with contributors from the anthology Theaterwissenschaft postkolonial/decolonial, the editors Azadeh Sharifi and Lisa Skwirblies want to explore these questions.
Vanessa Stern has lost her way. She cried out bravely: “Social media, you are my enemy!” and founded a knighthood (complete with cute ponies) to go into battle against the dark forces of Reach and Attention. Theater without clicks and shares and likes! Be there when no one is following us! Another world is possible.
à mort is a performative-musical exploration of processes of domination, dying and killing. Excessive scenes of destruction emerge in a memento mori inspired installation of natural and artificial materials. The female voice emerges as a powerful physical presence in a dying world, challenging the grotesque human desire for dominance.
For his project, Hendrik Quast learns the art of ventriloquism in order to approach the chronic inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis artistically. In conversation with the disease, new ways of speaking and images of chronic illness emerge, opening up unusual spaces of humor for the ill and healthy audience.
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.
The SOPHIENSÆLE are pleased to present their new management team starting with the season 2023/24. JENS HILLJE and ANDREA NIEDERBUCHNER have been recruited as artistic directors. KERSTIN MÜLLER will remain with the company as commercial director. Together, Jens Hillje, Andrea Niederbuchner and Kerstin Müller will manage the SOPHIENSÆLE as an executive team from July 1, 2023.
Sophiensæle is a production and performance space for the independent performing arts. Here, artists and groups from Berlin as well as from the national and international scene produce and present innovative and experimental artistic concepts, aesthetics, styles and formats. The program includes dance, performance, theater, music theater and discursive formats. As a place that considers itself open and welcoming, Sophiensæle seeks intensive contact with artists and audiences as well as dialogue on socially relevant topics. In addition to the focus on promoting young talent, many renowned companies and artists work at the house in long-term collaborations.
Sophiensaele present over 100 projects annually and host various in-house and external festivals.
Currently, up-and-coming artists including Olympia Bukkakis, Olivia Hyunsin Kim, hannsjana, Kareth Schaffer, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Nele Stuhler or Ania Nowak are producing works at Sophiensæle. Our long-term collaborators include the artists Jule Flierl, Laurie Young, Hendrik Quast and Maika Knoblich, Monster Truck, Turbo Pascal, Hauen+Stechen, Interrobang, Clement Layes, Christoph Winkler, Henrike Iglesias, Flinn Works, Margret Sara Gudjonsdottir, Sebastian Matthias, Johannes Müller and Philine Rinnert, Vanessa Stern, Simone Dede Ayivi, and Melanie Jame Wolf. In recent years, Sophiensæle has been invited to participate in Theatertreffen with the artists Florentina Holzinger, Thorsten Lensing and Milo Rau/IIPM. In 2017 the house received the Theaterpreis des Bundes.
Sophiensæle is part of a network of internationally oriented, independent theatres, including Kampnagel Hamburg, Mousonturm Frankfurt/Main, FFT Düsseldorf, Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zurich and brut Vienna. In addition, Sophiensæle produces Tanztage Berlin as well as a variety of annual festivals and focus programmes on specific themes. We are also proud to be a venue for the renowned Berlin festival Tanz im August. Together with brut Wien, FFT Düsseldorf, Gessnerallee Zürich, HochX München, LOFFT Leipzig, Schwankhalle Bremen and Theater Rampe Stuttgart, Sophiensæle plays a role in the production platform Freischwimmen. Since 2018, the platform has been reshaphing itself as an international exchange and production platform for artists and young groups from theatre and performance.
Since 2011, Sophiensæle has been directed by Franziska Werner. Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig, together with Jo Fabian and Dirk Cieslak, founded SOPHIENSÆLE as a theatre in 1996 in the former building of the craftsman's association of Sophienstraße 18. From 2000 to 2007 Amelie Deuflhard took over the artistic direction of the house, followed by Heike Albrecht (until 2010).
Sophiensæle is a house for artists and audiences, where the encounter between the two groups takes centre stage. While the building was partially renovated in 2011 with great care, it still maintains its original spirit. The changing history of the building and its original purpose as a place for meetings, further education and celebrations can still be felt in the building's architecture, on the walls and ceilings of the rooms, creating a unique setting for artistic production and encounters.
IMPULSE GIVER and CATALYST Our work continues to focus on the promotion of young artists and support for innovative artistic forms and questions. In doing so, we encourage and support new artistic impulses and concepts while also building on long-standing collaborations, nurturing the further development of high artistic quality. Networking with artists, cultural actors and project spaces of various artistic genres enables us to develop as a central hub for the independent scene and function as a platform for current trends in Berlin’s independent dance, music, theatre and performance scene.
OPEN ROOM OF POSSIBILITES We continue the tradition of the house as a place of assembly: As an open and receptive place, the Sophiensæle promotes a diverse examination of contemporary artistic aesthetics, content and positions, seeking intensive contact with artists* and the public. We invite artists to exchange ideas, to contribute their networks and to see the future Sophiensæle not only as a performance venue, but also as a place to design and develop together with us.
POINT OF INTERSECTION Artistic work means reflected contemporaneity: Sophiensæle was founded in 1996 in the spirit of an artistic community, intended to create an innovative centre and a professional infrastructure for free production. We continue on with this founding spirit! Sophiensæle sees itself as a mouthpiece for the concerns of independent production structures in Berlin, promoting the positions of the independent Berlin scene in both a national and international context. With and through Sophiensæle, these bundled impulses receive attention and offer radiance.
FORMAT AND FESTIVALS The development of innovative formats, performance series and festivals plays a major role in the Sophiensæle. The Tanztage Berlin festival and the Freischwimmen platform continue to be central to our promotion of young talent. In addition, we are experimenting with other new formats, festivals and series.
Sophiensæle is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.