Programme
HAUEN UND STECHEN
Salomé
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January 27 28 29 | 20.00
January 30 | 18.00
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music theatre
Festsaal | 15/10 Euro

The Berlin music theatre group Hauen und Stechen presents its version of the opera Salomé. The production, based on an opera by Richard Strauss and a text by Oscar Wilde, alternates between music and dance. It is a film, a journey, a fair and a dance of death all in one.

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Athina Lange + Pawel Aderhold
Whatremainsofme
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January 31 | 19.00
February 01 | 19.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

The way we perceive our reality is shaped by the language of our senses. But what happens when this fine interplay is disturbed? A search for traces of perception and experience.

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Hendrik Quast
Spill your guts
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February 03 04 05 | 19.30
February 06 | 17.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For his latest 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.

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Nima Séne
auf den weg zu mir / auf den weg zu dir
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February 12 13 14 15 | 21.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In auf den weg zu mir / auf den weg zu dir, Nima Séne traces the history and lyrical legacy of the poet and activist May Ayim.

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
History has failed us, but…
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February 13 14 15 16 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

History has failed us, but... deals with physical forms of protest and searches for a solidary togetherness while taking into account different bodies. Which narratives and images of resistance are remembered - and how are they told?

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen
esmalbesserhabenin.de
February 21-28
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The online audiovisual installation esmalbesserhabenin.de is dedicated to family narratives, generational conflicts, political struggles, and visions of the future in families of immigrant heritage.

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Ania Nowak
Golden Gate
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February 24 25 26 | 20.00
February 27 | 16.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For a long time now, collective mourning and its rituals have been disappearing from public space. Golden Gate questions our normative perceptions of loss and mourning. What is queer grief and in what way can it become a collective movement of melancholy and resistance? 

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Specials
Focus
Queer Darlings 3
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MARCH 1–13

In the third round of our spring series QUEER DARLINGS we again bring old and new favorites to Berlin: Frédéric Gies, Cherish Menzo, Vincent Riebeek, Teresa Vittucci + Colin Self, tiran, and others focus on contemporary translations of archetypal figures and myths: They appropriate archetypes in order to remove the basis of stereotypes, and create new mythologies in order to establish communities that are as tender as they are political.

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Festival
Tanzplattform Deutschland 2022
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MARCH 16–20

From March 16 to 20, the Tanzplattform Deutschland 2022 festival will gather 13 current and remarkable positions of dance and choreographic creation in Berlin, including three Sophiensaele productions by Sheena McGrandles, Joana Tischkau and Michelle Moura.

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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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