Today | 17:00
T4-Gedenkveranstaltung i can be your translator: Das Konzept bin ich
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Today | 17:00
T4-Gedenkveranstaltung i can be your translator: Das Konzept bin ich
Today | 19:00
Telephone conversations with philosophers of the 20th century.
The public Blattkritik event is an associated event series to tanzschreiber, the online portal for up-to-date reviews of Berlin dance performances. Guests share and discuss their reading experiences of current tanzschreiber reviews.
In 2020 the Kiezkantine conquers the city! We deal with issues and problems that move not only our familiar neighborhood but all of Berlin.
Sheena McGrandles composes stylized body landscapes calling both to the erotic and absurd.
In a one-hour introduction we approach the production Flush.
Cécile Bally’s social critique uses Sitcom-strategies to examine visions of radical change at the peripheries of urban life and transports the audience into an imaginary space at the borders of the city.
A performative art experiment: With two halves of a car, Wagner/Feigl explore the material nature of the great conflicts of our time, developing a unique poetry.
A hybrid performance, fluctuating between the visual and performing arts, which combines the methodical investigation of “life” with the overwhelming and excessive demands of lives being lived.
Markus&Markus tracked down activists, chronicled their actions on video and apprenticed with them: A hopeful journey across the Republic.
Olivia Wenzel invites us to a séance: Old and new images around her debut novel 1000 serpentinen angst are conjured up including readings, video works, live music and talks, which are losely associated with each other.
The dizzying conclusion of Holzinger‘s trilogy on the body as a spectacle: TANZ deals with physical discipline and the cult of beauty ingrained within the tradition of dance.
Song Evening and Reading on the Migration Background East.
The worlds leading autistic green drag queen Oozing Gloop explains the world to us and starts at the very beginning: With the letter A.
For one night musicians fight for fame, honour and the favour of the audience.
A guided tour about the eventful history of the Sophiensæle from its construction in 1904/05 to the present day.
The women on the edge of comedy are embarking on their ninth year and Vanessa Stern discovers once again funny, talented people where actually are none.
The Queer Darlings edition of the discussion series is dedicated to current queer strategies of staging race.
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.
Take a seat in the live TV show, Beige Nation! As your provocative star and host*, the post-internet icon Beige B*tch scrolls through the saturated reality of her beige world and challenges the (sur-)real fantasy construct of “mixed race” women.
Love me harder is looking for a queer, fluid version of male eroticism that allows insecurities and makes consent a principle.
In four solos, they share personal experiences and longings that still shape their political struggles and their relationship to their own bodies today. An evening that celebrates resistance to the norm and pride in one‘s own femininity!
Our spring-time event Queer Darlings features favorite queer productions that we have seen over the past year.» more
Information and offers for people with sensory and physical impairments
Feedback talks after the performance with wine and savory snacks
Regular guided tours through Sophiensæle
Introductions, workshops, seminars and offers for schools
Lectures, discussions, readings, panels, etc.
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.
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.