Tomorrow | 20:00
Olympia Bukkakis
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February 02 03 04 | 20.00
February 05 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

replay investigates the formal relationships between movement and sound in pop, classical music, opera and drag. Drawing on her own biography, Olympia Bukkakis and her rebellious back up dancers raise questions about class and cultural hierarchies.

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February 03 | 17.00
Various Locations | 5 €

If you want to get to know the history of Sophiensæle, join one of our guided tours. Regular guided tours are in German. English guided tours are available for groups of five people or more.

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Cora Frost/Rudy van Dongen/Peter Frost & Friends
Insel der Orgeln
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February 11 | 20.00
February 12 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Insel der Orgeln (Island of Organs) is a happening of dance, music, performance and installation and searches for experienced, repressed and dreamed concepts of life and survival. On the island, travelers bring together terrible and promising life stories to the polyphony of the organs in order to invoke the question of the healing power of the social family of choice.

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Alexandre Achour, Angela Alves, Diana Anselmo, Saša Asentić, Marko Bašica, Rita Mazza, Auro Orso, Perel & Dalibor Šandor
Dis Contact
February 15 17 19 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Kontakthof by Pina Bausch is one of the most famous works of contemporary dance. In 2018, artist Dalibor Šandor wondered why Bausch never actually made a version with disabled artists. Dis Contact is a new work by artists belonging to communities and cultures that are systematically oppressed in the world where Kontakthof has a prominent status.

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Eva Meyer-Keller
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February 26 | 18.00
February 27 28 | 20.00
March 01 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In OUT OF MIND Eva Meyer-Keller and her accomplices develop choreographic approaches to what we call consciousness and experience. She takes neuroscientific approaches as a starting point to undertake a dive into a slippery terrain of uncertainties and turns the theater space into an experimental laboratory in which more-thanhuman performers enter the scene as well.

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Jule Flierl
Time out of Joint
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March 08 09 10 11 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Time out of Joint is a grotesque variety show of political speeches and a virtuously cacophonous concert of feminist struggles of the 20th century. Applying the tactic of tactlessness, utterances by historically influential female* speakers are dissected, distorted and recomposed. Dancing bodies explore rhetorical strategies as questions of rhythmic (re)arrangement and make voice audible as the battlefield of political representation.

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Ist die deutsche Theaterwissenschaft (post)kolonial?
Titel Theaterwissenschaft Postkolonial
March 11 | 18.00
Kantine | Eintritt frei

What does the demand for a “decolonization of the University” mean for German-language theater studies? What could a post- or decolonial Theater Science look like in research and teaching? Together with contributors from the anthology Theaterwissenschaft postkolonial/decolonial, the editors Azadeh Sharifi and Lisa Skwirblies want to explore these questions.

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Vanessa Stern & Team
ToFuR® – Theater ohne Furcht und Reichweite
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March 16 18 | 20.00
March 19 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Vanessa Stern has lost her way. She cried out bravely: “Social media, you are my enemy!” and founded a knighthood (complete with cute ponies) to go into battle against the dark forces of Reach and Attention. Theater without clicks and shares and likes! Be there when no one is following us! Another world is possible.

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Claire Vivianne Sobottke
à mort – Ein choreografischer Liederzyklus für drei Stimmen
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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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Hendrik Quast
Spill your guts
March 31 | 19.00
April 01 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For his 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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Alexandre Achour, Angela Alves, Diana Anselmo, Saša Asentić, Marko Bašica, Rita Mazza, Auro Orso, Perel & Dalibor Šandor Dis Contact

February 15 17 19 | 19.00
15/10 €


In English and German spoken language with captions as well as in German Sign Language (DGS) and Italian Sign Language (LIS) | German captions also available via an audio channel

All dates | Performance with German audio description. The preceding stage tour takes place from 17.45 h to 18.15 h. For audio description and pick-up service you can register Monday to Friday between 10 h and 18 h via 030 27 89 00 30 or

Please klick here for the German Audioflyer.

The idea for this work came up in 2018, when the artist Dalibor Šandor asked the critical question of why Pina Bausch never made a version of her most famous work Kontakthof with disabled artists. Pina Bausch, perhaps the most famous German choreographer and co-founder of dance theatre, developed the original version in 1978 with her ensemble of non-disabled dancers and later re- staged a version with non-disabled senior citizens in 2000 and with teenagers in 2008.

Dis Contact is neither a reinterpretation nor a reconstruction of Kontakthof, but a work that creates new places of contact between artists belonging to communities and cultures that are systematically oppressed in the world where Pina Bausch's Kontakthof has a prominent status.

Each of the invited artists for Dis Contact had their own observations about Kontakthof, out of which different non-normative perspectives to choreography, body and language were developed. The work is based on ethics and aesthetics of care, solidarity and accessibility.

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Alexandre Achour works in the field of contemporary arts and disability arts. It has been an on-going practice to re-evaluate his personal experiences of racism, and cultural assimilation. In his artistic practice, he addresses eurocentrism and ableism in dance by implementing de-centered models of work based on principles of solidarity.

Angela Alves is a performer, artist, activist, researcher and mother. After some years of struggle, she found comfort in the mode and art of unavailability and unpredictability. The question of how to handle an unavailable and unpredictable body she transfers back to the dance itself by using its conditionality as a choreographic tool box.

Diana Anselmo is an artist and activist for anti-ableism and intersectional trans-queer feminism. They study theatre and performing arts at IUAV University in Venice. Diana Anselmo is also a vice president and co-founder of Al.Di.Qua Artists.

Saša Asentić is a choreographer and cultural worker. He was born in former Yugoslavia. After being a victim of homophobic and xenophobic violence and fundamentally disagreeing with the corruption in public sector in Serbia, as well as right-wing renaissance, he moved to Germany. His artistic practice is based on the principles of solidarity and resistance against cultural oppression and indoctrination.

Marko Bašica is a singer and performer with interest in traditional and popular music of different origins. He is a member of Per.Art group of disabled and non-disabled artists.

Rita Mazza is a deaf queer freelance artist working as an artistic director and performer on visual sign performances. Rita Mazza is also the artistic director of Festival del Silenzio, an international performing arts event focused on sign language and deaf arts. Rita Mazza speaks Italian Sign Language fluently as well as German, French and International Sign.

Auro Orso is an artist of Austrian-Mexican descent whose experience of being racialized and trans are part ofhis artistic research on decolonizing practices within spirituality and gender-riots. His performances include a spectrum of topics ranging from food and spirituality to genderless worlds.

Perel is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is centered on disability and queerness as they relate to care, consent, sexuality, and personal and historic trauma. Their work includes performance, installation, criticism and curatorial projects. They often use collaboration as a platform for the exchange of disciplines, working methods and discourses with other choreographers, composers and visual artists.

Dalibor Šandor is a performer and member of Per.Art group of disabled and non-disabled artists. He is interested in video games, fantasy and horror genres, self-advocacy and in reflecting on the social reality of disabled people. He actively speaks in public events, television, radio, as well as on internet about his artistic work and Per.Art.

CONCEPT Saša Asentić ARTISTIC DIRECTION & PERFORMANCE Alexandre Achour, Saša Asentić ARTISTIC COLLABORATION & PERFORMANCE Angela Alves, Diana Anselmo, Marko Bašica, Rita Mazza, Auro Orso, Perel, Dalibor Šandor COSTUME DESIGN Julia von Leliwa MusiC Arrangement Gregorio Rodriguez Orozco LIGHT DESIGN Anja Sekulić TECHNICAL DIRECTION, SOUND, CAPTIONS Rastko Ilić German Sign Language Interpretation Oya Ataman, Mathias Schäfer AUDIO DESCRIPTION Emmilou Rössling, Silja Korn Reading of German Captions Isabel Schwenk PERSONAL ASSISTANCE to Marko Bašica and Dalibor Šandor Olivera Kovačević Crnjanski Participation in the research Heike Bröckerhoff, Laila Regner PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Miriam Glöckler, Stephan Wagner 

A production by Saša Asentić & Collaborators in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, Kampnagel Hamburg, HELLERAU - European Centre for the Arts Dresden, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK Coproduction Funding Dance, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The project TanZugang - Breaking Down Barriers in Contemporary Dance is funded by Fonds Soziokultur e.V. Special thanks to Tanzerei, Per.Art, Festival Theaterformen. Media partner: taz.

Audio Description & Haptic Access Tour for blind and visually impaired people
February 15 17 19
Tanztage Berlin 2023
© Jan Grygoriew

JANUAR 05 – 21

Hey, why do you look so tired? "Urgency culture" expects us to be connected and responsive constantly. There is little to no time left to imagine the world otherwise. Tanztage Berlin – a yearly festival highlighting the work of the city's emerging dance makers – is back to diagnose the present and predict the future. Its 32nd edition investigates our daily overstimulation and chronic fatigue by reflecting on how we move to the rhythm of today's high-speed, social media-driven reality and its challenges.

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