Programme

Tanja Krone Mit echten Reden (1): Das Ellenbogen-Prinzip

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October 03 | 16.00 Outdoor Performance + Talk
im Garten der Sophienkirche | EINTRITT FREI

On October 3, Tanja Krone invites you to an outdoor adaptation of her successful festival performance from last fall, as the final highlight of our focus Das Ost-West-Ding 2.

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Daniel Hellmann / Soya the Cow In Walking Distance
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October 08 09 Outdoor Walk
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Navild Acosta + Fannie Sosa Black Power Naps
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October 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 | 15.00 - 18.00 Installation
Festsaal | EINTRITT FREI

Recent studies have shown that the distribution of rest is determined by race, with people of color regularly getting less sleep than white people. As a direct response to the Sleep Gap, the artists take over Sophiensæle’s Festsaal and invite people of color to break with constant fatigue by slowing down, resting, and interacting with soft, comfortable surfaces.

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Olympia Bukkakis A Touch of the Other
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October 08 09 10 | 20.00 DRAG / DANCE / PERFORMANCE
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

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Elischa Kaminer In Walking Distance
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October 10 11 Outdoor Walk
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Navild Acosta + Fannie Sosa Choir of the Slain (Part XX)
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October 13 14 | 20.00 Performance
FESTSAAL + ONLINE | 15/10 EURO | LIVESTREAM KOSTENFREI

A live song and dance activation from bed: The performance plays with multiplicitous states of being idle, protesting the power relations of the night which deprive BIPOC of rest.

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Peter Frost In Walking Distance
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October 14 15 Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Henrike Iglesias Academy
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October 16 | 18.00
October 16 | 19.30
October 17 18 | 15.00
October 17 18 | 16.30
Workshop
Online + Draussen | EINTRITT FREI

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María do Mar Castro Varela Zweifeln erlernen – Egoismus verlernen
October 17 | 19.00 Lecture
Festsaal + Online | 5 EURO | ONLINE KOSTENFREI

In her lecture, María do Mar Castro Varela reflects on the 'storming of the Reichstag' and other madness in times of pandemic.

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Politics of Love #8 Resilienz
October 18 | 19.00 Lecture
Festsaal + Online | 5 EURO | ONLINE KOSTENFREI

In this conversation we will take a critical look at a society that uses crises as a driver for its optimization and in this context we will also look at the role of culture.

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim In Walking Distance
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October 19 20 Outdoor Walk
Start: Im Hof der Sophiensæle | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen The Kids Are Alright
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October 21 22 23 24 | 19.00
October 21 22 23 24 | 21.00
Performance / Installation
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Simone Dede Ayivi and accomplices have held talks with grandparents, parents and children from different communities and present their diverging ideas of a "better life" in a performative installation.

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Liz Rosenfeld In Walking Distance
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October 24 25 Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Marjani Forté-Saunders / 7NMS Memoirs of a... Unicorn
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October 25 26 | 20.00 Online film screening + talk
ONLINE | EINTRITT FREI

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Jess Thom Biscuits without Borders:
October 27 | 12.00 Lecture via Zoom
Online | EINTRITT FREI

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Lernen aus dem Lockdown? Nachdenken über Freies Theater.
October 27 | 19.00 Book launch
Festsaal | EINTRITT FREI

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Jess Thom Disability Culture in a time of Pandemic
October 29 | 12.00 Lecture via Zoom
Online | EINTRITT FREI

Touretteshero co-founder Jess Thom examines and reflects on the barriers and opportunities that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown.

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Raus aus dem Kopf, rein in den Körper
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October 29 | 18.00 Online Workshop
Online | EINTRITT FREI

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Flinn Works Learning Feminism from Rwanda
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October 29 30 31 | 21.00
November 01 | 18.00
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

How does the women's quota change culture and mindset? With flaming speeches, statistics, lamentations and protest choreographies Flinn Works follow the trail of Rwandan fast-track feminism.

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Teresa Vittucci, Michael Turinsky + Claire Vivianne Sobottke We Bodies
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October 30 31 | 18.00 Dance / Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

To resist categories like "normal" or "beautiful", the three performers create a series of exorcisms in which they distort pop-cultural figures and phenomena into monstrousness.

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Jule Flierl, Luise Meier oder Vera Pulido In Walking Distance
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October 31
November 01
Outdoor Walk
Stadtraum | 10/7 EURO

During the festival, we invite artists and audiences to encounter each other on 1:1 walks, thus offering all those who are not yet drawn back to the theatre spaces with the opportunity for an immediate exchange.

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Isabelle Schad Knotting & Rotations
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November 06 07 08 09 | 20.00 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Isabelle Schad celebrates the beauty of simple movement sequences in two powerful solos.

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Company Christoph Winkler It's All Forgotten Now
c_Stencil graffiti by Mark Fisher's students at Goldsmiths_University of London. (Credit Dan Hassler-Forest)_HP
November 12 13 14 | 20.00 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

Dance meets music, film, video and spoken word: A performative homage to Mark Fisher.

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Vanessa Stern Sleeping Duties
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November 19 20 21 22 | 19.30 Spoken theater
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

A railroad movie meets a chamber play: Four train passengers keep themselves awake with problems on their way to Spitzbergen.

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Sheena McGrandles Figured
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November 21 22 | 15.00 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

Forward, backward, cut, all back, repeat: two figures move in front of a wall. Their bodies and their relationship to each other are constantly interrupted and so are the narratives that unfold and disappear again.

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Sheena McGrandles Flush
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November 21 22 | 16.30 Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 10/7 EURO

Sheena McGrandles composes stylized body landscapes calling both to the erotic and absurd.

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matthaei & konsorten Die Sumpfgeborene
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November 24 25 26 27 28 29 Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

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Sophiensæle is one of the foremost production and performance venues for independent theatre in the German-speaking world. Here you can find artists from the Berlin, national and international theater scene who are invited to produce and present their work in our spaces. Our programming allows for performance, dance, theatre, music, visual arts and discursive formats to complement each other equally - fostering a productive dialogue.

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, 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 are funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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