Programme
Today
Interrobang
Deep Godot: Onlineversion
DG_Presse_HP
October 28 29 30 31
November 01-07
Tickets
Online-Performance
Digital | 10/7 €

After the successful live version, the audience now gets in touch with the AI DEEP GODOT from the comfort of their own home. The performance collective develops and trains DEEP GODOT, an A.I. that offers individual age guidance for people from 15 to 100plus. Through the Smart Ageing program, DEEP GODOT gets to know people long before they reach the end of their lives, in order to better and more personally accompany, entertain, care for and prepare them for their death later in life.

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Tomorrow | 18:00
25 Jahre SOPHIENSÆLE
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October 29 | 18.00
Feast
Various Locations

The Sophiensæle theater is turning 25 and our festival Tanztage Berlin can also look back on its 25th anniversary and its 30th edition. That's why we are celebrating everything together on October 29: The Sophiensæle, the Tanztage Berlin and the book launch of our anniversary publication OPENINGS.

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Schwenk & Schmans
Im Wald mit...
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October 28 29 30 31
November 01-07

In March 2021, four intergenerational hiking groups set off through Berlin's forests which. Schoolchildren ranging between the ages of nine and thirteen hiked with one or two grandparents by their side or accompanying them on the phone. Schwenk & Schmans have brought together the images, videos, audios, texts, questions and thoughts collected during these walks, creating a documentary.

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Vanessa Stern
Gebeine. Die Frieda, die ich meine
Ursula Maria_HP
October 28 29 30 31
November 01-07
Eintritt frei

Fourteen old women remember Frieda in fourteen short films. They all tell the truth, but each one knows something different. >> Watch online here.

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Corinne Maier
Die Zufügung
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October 30 31 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10€

Corinne Maier presents a gripping lecture performance on the subject of age and aging with text fragments by the exceptional author Gerlind Reinshagen, improvisations by the performer and the music of Elvis Presley.

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Lajos Talamonti
Alter Hase
Alter Hase_c_HP
November 04 05 06 07 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10€

Five former dancers look back on the time of their common classical artistic imprint. In a last joint dance they make the rigid structures of classical dance pliable and tell of life as an often surprising school, the method of which everyone has to invent anew for themselves every day.

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Markus&Markus Theaterkollektiv
Die Brieffreundschaft
BRIEF_©DorotheaTuch_2380_HP
November 10 11 12 13 | 19.30
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Penthesilea, Judith, Clytemnestra, Medea, Lady Macbeth. Night after night, we let ourselves be sprinkled by their acts of violence enjoying the drama, murder and killing. If they were not trapped in Reclam books, they would probably be in prison. There, the Markus&Markus theater collective tracked down the - very real - protagonists of this evening for their new play and began to write them letters. An evening of theater that poses questions about humanity - and about second chances - in a new way.

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Flinn Works
Artist Talk auf Zoom
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November 10 | 20.00

Through an online public conversation with Sophia Stepf (Artistic Director Flinn Works), Nora Amin will bring forward the criticism of the stigmatisation of the so called ’’belly dance'' 

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Siegmar Zacharias & Samuel Hertz
WAVES #5 – Listening Sessions Towards Social Bodies
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November 15 | 20.00
Tickets

Sound meditations to dwell together in a space where we do not have to be alone: Siegmar Zacharias and her team offer WAVES in sensory and affective modes as a series of listening sessions together with FFT Düsseldorf and Sophiensæle Berlin, from May until December 2021. 

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Rehema Chachage | Aderemi Adegbite
I shredded them on your behalf | Tutuola Institute
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November 17 18 | 18.00
November 19 | 17.00
November 20 | 16.00
November 20 | 19.00
Kantine |

Installations in the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: Artist Rehema Chachage shreds rejected grant applications and turns them into paper airplanes; the curator and artist Aderemi Adgebite shows video art in the newly founded Nigerian Cultural Institute and invites individual viewers to spiritual consultations by professional fortune tellers.

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Abhishek Thapar
Untitled (AT)
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November 17 18 | 18.30
November 19 20 | 18.00
November 20 | 16.30
Tickets
Performance
10/7 €

Within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: Untitled sends preconceived perceptions and everyday uses of money through the shredder. As money is stripped of its value and returned to its source material - paper - the artistic work brings forth other meanings and explores the value of "worth."

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Azade Shahmiri | Anuja Ghosalkar
Tempor(e)ality | Double Agent X
Azade_Shahmiri_credit Lys Y. Seng
November 17 | 20.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Double bill within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money:  In a lecture performance, the Tehran artist Azade Shahmiri examines the historically imagined representation of the West in Iranian theater, while the Indian artist Anuja Ghosalkar presents in a docu-fictional performance strategies for securing an artistic existence.

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Anuja Ghosalkar | Nora Amin
Double Agent X | My Dance
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November 18 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Double bill within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: The Indian artist Anuja Ghosalkar presents in a docu-fictional performance strategies for securing an artistic existence, while Nora Amin liberates the so-called belly dance from the sediments of history.

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Flinn Works
Artist Talk
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November 19 | 18.00
Festsaal |

The Flinn Works team and Abhishek Thapar talk about the project White Money.

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Azade Shahmiri | Nora Amin
Tempor(e)ality | My Dance
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November 19 20 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Double bill within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: In a lecture performance, the Tehran artist Azade Shahmiri examines the historically imagined representation of the West in Iranian theater, while Nora Amin liberates the so-called belly dance from the sediments of history.

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Anuja Ghosalkar
Double Agent X
Double Agent X_Anuja Ghosalkar_credit Debanshu Bhaumik HP
November 20 | 18.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 10/7 €

Within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money: In India, there is hardly any public support for culture. In her docu-fictional performance, the theater maker Anuja Ghoshalkar, as Double Agent X, searches for strategies in a hustle for survival as an artist.

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Company Christoph Winkler
We are going to Mars
We are Going to Mars_c_HP
November 22 | 18.00
November 23-30
Film/Video
Eintritt frei

We are Going to Mars uses international video works to explore the history of the first African space program and how the reception of this story has changed over the past fifty years. 

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Raus aus dem Kopf, rein in den Körper
Presse Clement Layes-Living Room HP1
November 25 | 18.00 - 19.30
Workshop
15/10 €

The workshop series for anyone who wants to bring more movement into their everyday (work-)life!

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Public in Private / Clémentine M. Songe
Living Room
Presse Clement Layes-Living Room HP4
November 25 26 27 | 20.30
November 28 | 16.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Living Room Clémentine M. Songe (aka Clément Layes) explores the dynamics of the living room, that place where we surround ourself with things that feel familiar, intimate, recognizable, safe. Transforming this room into a ‘living room’, a room that makes its own choices. In collaboration with an architect, a light designer and a visual artist, Clémentine M. Songe bare the many interrelations that appear between our lives and this place, showing how much we take our habitual environment for granted, relying on it in order to feel ‘at home’ in the world. 

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Rita Mazza + Anne Zander
Space 1880
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November 26 27 28 | 19.00
Tickets
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Based on the history and culture of the deaf community, Rita Mazza and Anne Zander dedicate themselves to new forms of art in sign language in a visual sign performance.

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Specials
Festival
Coming of Age
Coming of Age_Grafik HP
© Jan Grygoriew

Age is just a number – yet there is no getting around aging. In the midst of debates about the climate movement, identity politics, and body image, it is time to renegotiate long-established generational contracts. Not only has the recent pandemic history shown that questions of responsibility and solidarity need to be revisited. 
The performance festival COMING OF AGE, which will take place from September 15 to November 7 at Sophiensæle, is dedicated to various facets of aging in society - and looks at the different challenges of a phenomenon that affects us all.

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Jubilee
25 Jahre SOPHIENSÆLE
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© Jan Grygoriew

The Sophiensæle theater is turning 25 and our festival Tanztage Berlin can also look back on its 25th anniversary and its 30th edition. That's why we are celebrating everything together on October 29: The Sophiensæle, the Tanztage Berlin and the book launch of our anniversary publication OPENINGS.

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Performance, Dance, Installation
Flinn Works: White Money
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Aderemi Adegbite & Konradin Kunze

Together with six international artists and in various performance formats, Flinn Works is dedicated to the theme of white money. White money flows from the arts funding bodies in Europe. It funds artists in the Global South or commissions work from artists in the Global South to be presented in the Global North. White money therefore shapes or reinforces inequalities and re-iterates racist and neo-colonial structures.  Flinn Works, like all art professionals who work across the invisible borders of Global North and Global South are deeply entangled in this structure. With a group of six artists and curators from different parts of the world, the project sheds light on some hidden aspects of white money.

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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.

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Sophiensæle is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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