Claire Vivianne Sobottke
à mort – Ein choreografischer Liederzyklus für drei Stimmen
Claire Vivianne Sobottke-Foto_MayraWallraff_Presse_final-
March 22 23 24 25 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

à mort is a performative-musical exploration of processes of domination, dying and killing. Excessive scenes of destruction emerge in a memento mori inspired installation of natural and artificial materials. The female voice emerges as a powerful physical presence in a dying world, challenging the grotesque human desire for dominance.

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March 31 | 19.00
April 01 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

A ventriloquist’s show of a different kind: In a dialogue with a chronically ill clap-mouthed puppet, Hendrik Quast explores the stubbornness of intestines. A relationship drama with scatalogical humor, parody therapy and ventriloquism unfolds between the ventriloquist and the sick doll. With tools of the performing arts, the events of chronic illnesses that often remain invisible are staged; opening up new humor spaces in which illness is no longer a taboo.

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April 01 02 | 17.00
April 04 | 20.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Milliarden Jahre Widerhall was created after Naoko Tanaka’s travels to the contaminated area of Fukushima – a place where people’s connection to their habitat is forever destroyed. In a performative installation, Tanaka negotiates the ambivalent and conflicted relationship between humans and the earth, inviting us on a journey into inner landscapes.

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April 03 04 | 19.00
April 03 04 | 21.00
Kantine | 15/10 €

Montag Modus: archive of futures presents a performance-installation set at the liminal space between film, dance and theater. Inspired by an encounter with three elderly dancers who were part of modern dance in Hungary in the 1930s, Figuring Age is a choreography of memories that explores how resilience, silences and traumas are inscribed in the body and in the movement.

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April 06 07 08 09 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The choreographic concert We are going to Mars is dedicated to the history of the first African space program in Zambia. Created from video works by local artists in Uganda and the USA, it is being performed with live music by Mourning [A] BLKstar. 

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April 14 15

The film version of The Making of Pinocchio is also available online as video on demand - for those who can't or don't want to come to the theater. The Making of Pinocchio is a queer re-appropriation of the tale of the lying wooden puppet who wants to be a “real boy”. Artists and lovers Cade & MacAskill reflect on MacAskill’s gender transition and their relationship. With their characteristic playful humour, The Making of Pinocchio moves skillfully between reality and fiction, fairytale and autobiography, the personal and the political. >> GO TO THE VIDEO VERSION

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April 14 15 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The Making of Pinocchio is a queer re-appropriation of the tale of the lying wooden puppet who wants to be a “real boy”. In a technically innovative live film shoot, artists and lovers Cade & MacAskill reflect on MacAskill’s gender transition and their relationship. With their characteristic playful humour, The Making of Pinocchio moves skillfully between reality and fiction, fairytale and autobiography, the personal and the political.

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April 14 15 | 21.30
Kantine | 15/10 €

The concert-performance accompanies the release of Astrit Ismaili’s first solo pop music album, produced by The Performance Agency in collaboration with Obsequeen, Lotic, Katu, Colin Self, Nömak, Europa and Mykki Blanco. The lyrics tell the story of a plant undertaking a physical and spiritual transformation to become the world’s First Flower. The project queers contemporary pop aesthetics and manifests how creativity can be a strategy to overcome existential limitations, echoing the artist’s own path.

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April 17 18 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Sorour Darabi’s work engages with potentials of re-appropriation to uncover what is hidden by binary thinking. In a kind of futuristic mythology with roots in both visible and invisible, preserved and lost dance traditions, Natural Drama questions the concept of “nature”, exploring representations and constructions of the so-called female body.

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April 20 21 | 20.00
April 22 23 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In this immersive work between performance and film, Liz Rosenfeld and their international, intergenerational team explore moments of change and transition. Through the story of the main protagonist, URSA, an unfillable hole, they reference the Greek myth of the constellations Ursa Major and Minor (the Big and Little Bear), while they consider their own bodies in transition.

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April 22 23 | 20.30
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Untitled (Holding Horizon) is a choreography that continues Alex Baczyński-Jenkins’ engagement with negotiations of desire, the materiality of gestures, and affections of a queer commons. Through sensual, alienated gestures and the box step – a movement used in several social dances – synchronization, pleasure and alliance coexist with disorientation, limitation, and loss.

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April 27 28 29 | 20.00
April 30 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

There’s no business like show business. Melanie Jame Wolf and Teresa Vittucci ask: What does it take to make a show great? Both known for their intense solo work and powerful stage presence, the artists take a close look at popular entertainment, theater and the politics of spectacle. As a double act, they explore its tender intimacies, its power dynamics and the impact of audience and stage space on the show.

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April 28 29 30
May 01-08

Philosophiermaschine Online is an artificial intelligence that brings dead thinkers back to life. At the click of a button, the online audience enters into dialogue with Hannah Arendt, Karl Jaspers, Ernst Bloch and others, and can renegotiate their themes for the present: Freedom, dissidence, otherness, censorship, social utopia, hope - central concepts of postwar European philosophy.

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May 10 12 13 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Every successful blockbuster needs a second part. For the Markus&Markus theater collective, that’s why TITANIC II has to take the stage. The sequel starts where the film left off: at the bottom of the sea. So, it needs sand, really a lot of sand. Every year, mankind consumes twice as much sand as all the rivers supply. The consequences of this overexploitation are tangible. TITANIC II is a collision course, a melodrama, a telegram from a sinking ship.

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May 11 12 13 14 | 21.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Inspired by the made-up creatures and mythological figures of Acâibü’l-mahlûkat, Göksu Kunak explores notions of camouflage and self-censorship. This Persian cosmology book from the 13th century was translated to Ottoman and later in Turkish with a foreword of the current President. From a speculative perspective on the Middle East, Kunak examines (in)visibility and (in)concealment and the concept of taqiyya from Islam as hypercamoufl age.

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Queer Darlings 4

© Jan Grygoriew

april 14–23

For the fourth and final time, Sophiensæle presents the popular spring festival series Queer Darlings, bringing old and new favorites to Berlin. The works of local and international artists deal with personal and socio-political moments of change, transformation, crisis and transition(s). To do so, they overwrite folk dances and narratives, fairy tales and myths from a queer perspective to create humorous, immersive, sensual and imaginative stage worlds beyond binary norms – and celebrate the potential of queer imagination for new visions of coexistence.  

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Staff Sophiensæle

Artistic Director
Franziska Werner

Managing Director
Kerstin Müller

Dr. Joy Kristin Kalu (Head of Dramaturgy, on parental leave) 
Lena Kollender (substituting on parental leave for Dr. Joy Kristin Kalu) 
Alexander Kirchner
Mateusz Szymanówka (Dance/AD Tanztage Berlin)
Wolfram Sander (Production Dramaturgy)

Francesca Spisto (Head of Production) 
Vivi Kartsioti
Léonie Duflot (Assistance)

ARTISTIC ADministration
Julian Correia de Aquino (Head of Artistic Administration) 
Henriette Fock
Charlotte Schaefer (FSJK 2022/23)

Sarah Böhmer (Head of Communication)
Miriam Seise (Press + Editing)
Nika Grigorian (Online Editing + Social Media)
Hannah Aldinger (Access + Outreach) 
Jannis Gündel (FSJK 2022/23)

Alisa Hecke (Project Management) 

Noa Winter (Project Management)
Anne Rieger (Project Management)
Agnieszka Habraschka (Production Management)
Gina Jeske (Communication)

Manuel Chittka
Esther Beaufils

Accounting Assistant
Veronika Münder
Marie-Flore Gillet

Gordon Dyballa (Project Manager)

Fabian Stemmer
Dennis Schönhardt

Walter Freitag
Florian Brückner

Susana Alonso
Ignacio Buquete
Conradin Dreßler
Frank Fischer 
Ernesto Hernandez
Lilith Kautt (trainee)
Werner Kernebeck
Marian Kipphoff (trainee)
Gustav Kleinschmidt
Robert Lange
Dirk Lutz
Veit Mahnert
Erik Pade
Yvonne Reittinger
Aurora Rodriguez
Katharina Scheicher
Boris Schenk
Anna Schröder
Tristan Sötje
Hanna Kritten Tangsoo
Sebastian König-Hajman
Norman Thörel
Jens Tuch
Falk Windmüller
Asli Atasoy Öner

Ragna Knebel

Tabea Antonacci
Markus Braun
Sophie Bölke
Johanna Büttler 
Maryam Fazeli
Gerda Gerz
Tabea Jorcke
Rim Mekkaoui
Katharina Vitt 
Frida Zack
Carina Zox

Anne Rieger
Miriam Seise
Falk Windmüller

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