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Fleischlin/Meser This Is Me*

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September 21 | 19.30 Tanz/Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

Magic and inconsistencies, speeches and show effects: Two solos about the plurality in the world and in ourselves.

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Flinn Works + Asedeva Fear + Fever
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September 26 27 28 29 | 20.30 Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Malaria - On the (ideological) history of a disease and its eradication.

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen Solidaritätsstück
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September 27 28 29 30 | 19.00 Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

For one evening, a choir and a performer become a movement and make themselves heard.

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Hermann Heisig Singing Machine
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October 02 03 04 05 | 21.00 Tanz/Performance
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

A sparking solo as revue and try-out.

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Jee-Ae Lim Mountain, Tree, Cloud and Tiger
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October 03 04 05 06 | 19.30 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Inspired by everyday practice in transmigrant societies, the chorography searches for a universal body language.

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After Europe Ogutu Muraya Fractured Memory
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October 09 10 | 19.00 Performance
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

A performative essay about the uncomfortable confrontation with our colonial history.

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After Europe Hajusom Azimut dekolonial / Remix
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October 09 10 | 20.30 Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

A living archive of colonial legacy: In a multilingual performance with videos and live music, the audience is immersed in the experienced and narrated memories of the young transnational ensemble.

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After Europe Dekoloniale ästhetische Praktiken im Theater
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October 10 | 18.00 Conversation
Festsaal | Free Entrance

Based on the Hajusom ensemble's staging Azimut, the panel explores the question of how decolonial strategies could be introduced into theatre. 

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After Europe Leone Contini ToskaChina
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October 11 | 18.00 Lecture-Food-Performance
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

In a combination of lecture performance and pop-up restaurant, Leone Contini celebrates migrant societies using the example of culinary hybrid cuisine.

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After Europe Joana Tischkau BEING PINK AIN'T EASY
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October 11 | 21.00
October 13 | 19.00
Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Gangstas, Pimps and Hoes: By using the example of a pink fashion trend in the hypermasculine rap scene, Joana Tischkau examines how fragile social constructs of race and gender are.

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After Europe Beiträge zur dekolonialen Kritik
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October 12 | 14.00 Symposium
Hochzeitssaal | Free Entrance

A symposium on the central concepts and questions of decolonial work in art, science and society.

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After Europe BEYOND REPRESENTATION
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October 12 | 16.30 Artist Talk
Hochzeitssaal | Free Entrance

An artist talk with the cross-disciplinary network of artists Asia Art Activism.

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After Europe *foundationClass untoured
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October 12 13 | 18.00 - 22.30 Installation
Kantine | Free Entrance

An unconventional audio tour that deconstructs the imperialist practices of Western museums and questions their power to define meaning.

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After Europe Ogutu Muraya On Thin Ice
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October 12 | 18.30 Lesung
Hochzeitssaal | Free Entrance

"Beautiful, complex and painful" -  A reading from the memoirs of Ogutu Muraya.

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After Europe Igbálè
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October 12 | 19.30
October 13 | 18.00
Sound-Performance
Raum 213 | 15/10 EURO

Between song, ritual and performance: A trip to the limits of our imagination.

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After Europe Jaha Koo Cuckoo
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October 12 13 | 20.30 Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

A journey through the last 20 years of Korean history told by a bunch of talkative rice cookers.

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Das Ost-West-Ding Jule Flierl + Mars Dietz Wismut: A Nuclear Choir
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October 17 18 19 20 | 20.00 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

A documentary dance piece about uranium mining and its effects on the landscape and society.

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Das Ost-West-Ding hannsjana Anstattführung
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October 19 20 26 27 | 17.00
October 20 27 | 14.00
Spaziergang
Stadtführung / Start im Hof | 15/10 EURO

In a performative audio walk, hannsjana explore the East-West dialogue in Berlin's urban space as a border-crossing pack of bears.

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Das Ost-West-Ding Mädler/Dröscher Ansteuerung von Söstweusch-Land
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October 23 | 19.00
October 25 26 27 | 17.00 - 21.30
November 07 08 09 10 | 17.00 - 21.30
October 29 31 | 17.00 - 18.30
November 01 02 | 17.00 - 18.30
Installation
Kantine | Free Entrance

History from an everyday perspective.

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Das Ost-West-Ding Caroline Creutzburg wabe[]ost
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October 24 | 19.00 - 22.00
October 25 26 27 | 16.00 - 22.00
Digital Media Installation
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

Computer avatars in conversation.

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Das Ost-West-Ding Tanja Krone Das Ellenbogen-Prinzip
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October 25 26 | 19.30
October 27 | 17.00
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

"You must start using your elbows now!"

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Das Ost-West-Ding KiezKantine XV – Ost
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October 29 | 19.00 Salon
Kantine | 5 EURO INKL. SUPPE

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Das Ost-West-Ding Alles Nazis? - Zivilgesellschaft im Osten
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October 31 | 19.00 Gesprächsrunde
Kantine | 5 EURO

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Das Ost-West-Ding Das Ost-West-Ding – Die Gala
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November 01 | 19.30 Gesprächsrevue
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

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Das Ost-West-Ding Kareth Schaffer + Rike Flämig Ohne Frauen ist kein Staat zu machen
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November 02 | 19.00 Choreografierte Gespräche
Kantine | 10/7 EURO

A choreographed conversation on feminist utopias and strategies of resistance.

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Das Ost-West-Ding Tucké Royale + Kaey Aufbruch, Abbruch, Umbruch
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November 02 | 21.00 Salon + Liederabend
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

Song Evening and Reading on the Migration Background East

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Das Ost-West-Ding Saša Asentić & Collaborators Tanz in der DDR: Was bleibt?
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November 07 08 09 10 | 19.00 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

A choreographic expedition through the dance scene of the GDR.

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Juliana Piquero Fan De Ellas
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November 12 13 14 15 | 20.00 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

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Raus aus dem Kopf, rein in den Körper
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November 13 | 17.00 Workshop
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

The workshop series for everyone who wants to bring more movement into their (working) everyday life! Different exercises and small choreographies which are easily transferable to practice with children, teenagers and adults are tested playfully. A script summarizes all the exercises in a detailed g...

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No Limits 2019
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November 16 | 16.00 - 21.00 Festival
Various Locations | 15/10 EURO INKL. PROVIANT

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The Sophiensæle were founded in 1996 by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig, along with Jo Fabian und Dirk Cieslak (Lubricat), in the former building of the craftsman's association of Sophienstraße 18. 

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, the Sophiensæle is one of the most important locations for German-speaking independent art-production. Artists from Berlin, as well as the national and international theatre-scene are invited to produce and present their works here. They are selected on the basis of their artistic concepts, contents, and working schemes.

The Sophiensæle is home to cultural discourse and a vast mix of artistic genres – from theatre, dance and music, to performance and visual art - which complement each other and enjoy a productive dialogue. Alongside many young artists such as Rose Beermann, Henrike Iglesias, Lwowski/Kronfoth Musiktheaterkollektiv, Markus&Markus, Lea Moro or Quast&Knoblich, searching for new theatrical languages and forms of expression, a number of established artists and companies have longstanding partnerships with the Sophiensæle. These include choreographers such as Clément Layes, Lea Martini, Sebastian Matthias, Martin Nachbar, Jochen Roller, Naoko Tanaka and Christoph Winkler and directors such as Thorsten Lensing, Johannes Müller + Philine Rinnert or Milo Rau/IIPM, and among others performance groups such as Burmester + Feigl, Lovefuckers, Monster Truck, Schmidli + Haug, Social Muscle Club and Turbo Pascal.

The Sophiensæle belongs to a network of internationally oriented, independent theatres. Other members include Kampnagel Hamburg, Mousonturm Frankfurt/Main, FFT Düsseldorf, Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zürich and brut Wien. Among others, the Sophiensæle are producer of Tanztage Berlin and Freischwimmer festival. Beyond that, a number of renowned festivals of Berlin take place here, amng others MaerzMusik and Tanz im August. Here is a place devoted to artists as much as the audience, where the face-to-face encounter between these groups is the essential goal.

The Sophiensæle’s architecture, walls and ceilings still reflect the site’s turbulent history and initial designation as a place for assembly, craftsman training and banquet. This special atmosphere creates unique conditions for artistic production and creative encounter. Through selected renovations in 2011, the work environment and convenience for artists and the audience have been considerably improved, while the traces of history within the building have been carefully preserved.

A MOTIVATOR AND PROMOTER

The promotion of young artists and innovative artistic forms of expression and content continues to be the main focus of our work. We support and encourage new impulses and concepts and strive to deepen already-existing partnerships in order to guide artists in their development. Through a network of artists, cultural stakeholders, and art locations of many genres we are able to further establish the Sophiensæle as a major player in the free theatre scene and a platform for current trends in the independent dance-, music-, theatre-, and performance scene of Berlin.

We continue the building’s tradition as a space for assembly. With a welcoming and open-minded spirit, the Sophiensaele promotes a broad examination of contemporary artistic content, aesthetic and positions and seeks a strong connection with artists as well as the audience. We invite artists to tie in their networks with their projects at the Sophiensæle, to communicate with other artists who work with us, and to see the Sophiensæle not only as a place to showcase their works, but also a place that they themselves can shape and develop with us.

CUTTING POINT

Working artistically means reflecting on one’s surroundings. In 1996 the Sophiensæle was born out of the spirit of a group of artists who sought an innovative center and professional infrastructure for independent theatre production. Our work ties in with this founding spirit – the Sophiensæle understands itself as a voice for independent theatre production in Berlin and supports the establishment of Berlin’s independent theatre scene both nationally and internationally. Similar efforts to further the projects of independent theatre groups have gained publicity and significance through the work of the Sophiensæle.

FORMATS + FESTIVALS

The development of innovative forms of expression, series, and festivals plays a large role at the Sophiensæle. The Tanztage Berlin and Freischwimmen platform, in particular, are central in the promotion of emerging young artists. In addition to that, we experiment with many more new forms of expression, festivals and series.

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