In Living Room Clémentine M. Songe (aka Clément Layes) explores the dynamics of the living room, that place where we surround ourself with things that feel familiar, intimate, recognizable, safe. Transforming this room into a ‘living room’, a room that makes its own choices. In collaboration with an architect, a light designer and a visual artist, Clémentine M. Songe bare the many interrelations that appear between our lives and this place, showing how much we take our habitual environment for granted, relying on it in order to feel ‘at home’ in the world.
We are Going to Mars uses international video works to explore the history of the first African space program and how the reception of this story has changed over the past fifty years. >> Watch videos here
Sound meditations to dwell together in a space where we do not have to be alone: Siegmar Zacharias and her team offer WAVES in sensory and affective modes as a series of listening sessions together with FFT Düsseldorf and Sophiensæle Berlin, from May until December 2021.
December 16 19 | 19.30 December 17 18 | 21.00
Dance Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €
Innocent, cute, dependent – Baby Choir throws socially accepted baby images overboard and is interested in the monstrosity of the baby archetype. What if the baby possessed desire, was capable of action, and had an activist bent to boot?
With playful and practical examinations of the subjects and working methods of the dance piece and by an exchange of material and questions, the workshop participants will be introduced to the upcoming performance event.
Choreographer Claire Cunningham and her ensemble of leading disabled performers invite you to join them for an evening at the Sophiensæle as they pull back the curtain on the glittering and mysterious world of the tribute artist. Thank You Very Much takes to the floor with wit, glitz and a pulsating soundtrack. A performance that navigates up, down and all around society’s ideas of normality, and shakes up the myth of how bodies should be. The dancers pull on their sparkling costumes and ask: Who have we been trying to be all our lives? Has it ever been our choice? And what really is “the wonder of you”?
“Cunningham… is totally herself in a life-affirming display of community spirit that would make Elvis quiver with pride.” The Herald
The piece lasts about 90 minutes without intermission. It is in English spoken language with German subtitles. At times the stage and audience area are in complete darkness for a moment. The performance uses electronic music, some of which is very loud. Hearing protection will be provided at the entrance. All shows take place as a Relaxed Performance: Sounds in the audience are welcome. You are allowed to leave and return to the show at any time. If you need a break, you can retire to the foyer and bar area on the first floor (accessible via the stairwell or elevator).
Seating options are chairs with backrests as well as beanbags. Beanbag and wheelchair seating can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket store or box office, subject to availability. Admission begins 20-30 minutes prior to show time. We recommend arriving early to select a suitable seat. Between audience members, a minimum distance of one meter will be maintained. During the show it is obligatory to wear a medical mask at your seat. If you are unable to wear a medical mask for health/physical reasons, please contact our evening staff upon arrival.
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Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland. A recent Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany she is also an Affiliate Artist with The Place, London. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies). This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence. www.clairecunningham.co.uk
Created by Claire Cunningham PERFORMANCE Claire Cunningham, Dan Daw, Vicky Malin, Tanja Erhart DRAMATURGY Luke Pell ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Dan Watson COMPOSER, SOUND DESIGNER Matthias Herrmann SET DESIGNER Bethany Wells COSTUME DESIGNER Shanti Freed LIGHTING DESIGNER Chris Copland AUDIO DEScRIPTION Noa Winter, Sophia Neises, Gerald Pirner
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, National Theatre of Scotland and Perth Festival in association with tanzhaus nrw and Dance Umbrella. Produced by National Theatre of Scotland and Manchester International Festival in association with Claire Cunningham Projects. The project has been supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. The guest performance is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as part of the project The Future is Accessible. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.
In tandem with emerging dance artists connected to our city, Tanztage Berlin 2022 continues to examine what keeps us together and tears us apart. After 2021 the festival took place exclusively online, its 31st edition returns as an extended offline and online program. Alongside the last year’s selection of performances, it includes new creations and discourse formats on power, protest, and empowerment. The work presented during Tanztage Berlin 2022 critically navigates the present by reimagining past and future encounters on the dance floor. While dealing with acute problems like power relations, surveillance, disembodiment, or climate change, it tunes into the social body, creating much-needed moments of awareness, connectedness, and self-determination. Unlike the 21st-century billionaire strategy of abandoning earth in a rocket ship or escaping into a parallel virtual universe, the festival chooses instead to stay with the trouble: to celebrate dancing together through the crisis and against despair.
All performances will take place under consideration of current legal protection and hygiene measures . Detailed information about the current Covid-19 hygiene rules  and tickets can be found HERE.