Programme
Today | 16:00
Imagining futures: what if?
DISKUSSION Imagining Futures
May 20 | 16.00
Discussion/Livestream
Festsaal-Foyer/online | Eintritt frei

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Imagining Futures brought together twelve innovative performing arts festivals for a pan-European experiment – a future-focused and predominantly female peer network that offered participating festival directors and artists a deep listening space and a moment to be together, think together, and dream of different futures.

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Today | 17:30 - 21:30
Bodies of Care
Platzhalter1
May 20 | 17.30 - 21.30
May 21 | 15.30 - 20.00
Videoinstallation
Festsaal-Foyer | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 15:30 - 15:45
Bodies of Care: Togetherness
Platzhalter6
May 21 | 15.30 - 15.45
Audioinstallation
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Tomorrow | 16:00 - 16:30
Bodies of Care: The Skin Creature
Platzhalter1
May 21 | 16.00 - 16.30
Participatory Performance
Hof | Eintritt frei

The performance project Bodies of Care, a collaboration of young choreographers from Indonesia and Germany, invites the audience to a participatory exploration of the relationship between care and choreography.

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Kareth Schaffer
Question of Belief
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May 26 27 28 29 | 20.00
Tickets
Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Question of Belief, choreographer Kareth Schaffer addresses the demons of today’s world: Between actionism and laziness, distraction and apathy, the performers Mădălina Dan and Manon Parent fight their way through stage designer Dan Lancea's inflating stage landscape.

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Josephine Findeisen
Working Class Dance Group
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May 27 | 18.00
Tickets
15/10 €

Working Class Dance Group shows a working state of an ongoing research on class structures. The dancers revisit historical, female-proletarian perspectives and investigate the intersections of class, gender and the body.

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Lea Sherin Kübler + Soraya Reichl & Ensemble
Remember Now!
Remember Now_Foto_ShirinEsione_02
June 03 04 05 | 14.00
June 03 04 05 | 17.00
Tickets
5€

Based on debates about the toppling of statues as well as the renaming of street names and an accompanying new examination of memory culture, the youth projekt invite you to a performative and interactive audio walk. 

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CRANKY BODIES a/company
Terrestrial transit - kick off
CRANKY~4
June 03 04 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The interdisciplinary project Terrestrial Transit deals with the activist practice of artistic intervention, which is gaining importance again in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe, in view of the strengthening of right-wing authoritarian regimes. The work of the dance company CRANKY BODIES a/company, founded in August 2020 by Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper, refers in particular to political forms of protest in the tradition of Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art before the fall of the Wall.

 

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
History has failed us, but…
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June 09 10 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

History has failed us, but... deals with physical forms of protest and searches for a solidary togetherness while taking into account different bodies. Which narratives and images of resistance are remembered - and how are they told?

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Kiana Rezvani
Cyber Ghosts
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June 11 | 20.00
June 12 | 18.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

The Sophiensæle are happy to be able to catch up this summer with the work of Kiana Rezvani from the Tanztage Berlin 2022 programme, which could not be presented during the festival in January due to the pandemic.

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Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
the river2
June 17 20-24 27 28 29 30 | 20.45 - 21.45
Tickets
Performance
17,17 €

A dreamlike journey on a rowing boat: time to slow down and question the concept of a productive life.

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Vanessa Stern
Die Rache der Panda-Pussies
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June 21 23 24 25 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The Panda Pussies bring an inclusive, cross-generational gender theater to the stage – in the best anarchic Schlingensief tradition, with music and intelligent racket.

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Sommerfest
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June 22 | 18.00
Feast

This year we want to continue our old tradition: we celebrate the Sophiensæle summer festival - without any drama! 

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CRANKY BODIES a/company Terrestrial transit - kick off

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    © Michiel Keuper
  • CRANKY~1
    © Michiel Keuper
Dance/Discourse
June 03 04 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal
15/10 €
in English

The shows will be photographed and filmed and the audience might be clearly recognizable on the photos and video.

The Sophiensaele elevator is currently out of order.

The interdisciplinary project Terrestrial Transit deals with the activist practice of artistic intervention, which is gaining importance again in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe, in view of the strengthening of right-wing authoritarian regimes. Drawing on the artistic and autobiographical experiences of its ensemble members, the project refers primarily to political forms of protest in the tradition of Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art before 1989 - and asks about their significance today.

While the first evening of the kick-off in the Sophiensælen will focus on questions about current queer-feminist protests and their relation to history, the second evening will deal primarily with the critical potential of withdrawal and subtle moments of withdrawal: conversations, improvisation, dance and music, autobiographical memories and historical events flow into each other and thus form the starting point for a search for traces of political protest in Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art, for alternative forms of participation and resistance.

The kick-off weekend marks the beginning of a choreographic journey from Berlin via Ponderosa/Stolzenhagen via Szczecin to the Baltic Sea, which will be documented by filmmaker Stella Horta in the form of a cinematic diary. A final performative audiovisual installation will take place in October at DOCK 11 in Berlin.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that the accessibility information is subject to possible changes.

The event lasts about 3 hours including intermissions and consists of performances, talks, video works, lectures and more. The primary language is spoken English. Seating options are chairs, cushions and beanbags. The beanbags as well as two wheelchair spaces can be reserved by phone or purchased at our online ticket store or at the box office, if available. If you require specific seating of any other kind, please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to show time and approach our evening staff.

Click HERE to find information about performance spaces and pathways, accessible restrooms, parking, directions to the theater, a 360° video tour of the building, and more.

In August 2020, Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper founded the dance company CRANKY BODIES A/COMPANY with the support of DOCK11/EDEN. Based on their long-standing collaboration, which dates back to their student days in Arnhem (NL), their projects combine Peter's choreographic work and Michiel's visual compositions, including costume and spatial design and photography. Over the years, they have assembled a group of international performers and artists who collaborate with them in projects such as the HKF-funded ensemble works visible undercurrent (2014) and cranky bodies dance reset (2017), as well as the ongoing Berlin-Polish exchange project moving the mirror (from 2016).

ARTISTIC DIRECTION Peter Pleyer, Michiel Keuper COSTUME, SET Michiel Keuper FILM Stella Horta SOUND/MUSIC Marc Lohr DRAMATURGY Jette Büchsenschütz DRAMATURGY, SCIENTIFIC ACCOMMODATION Kirsten Maar DANCE/PERFORMANCE Eszter Gál, Marysia Stokłosa, Aleksandra Borys, Mor Demer, Bjørn Ivan Ekemark/ Ivanka Tramp, Caroline Neill Alexander, Ka Rustler GUESTS Joanna Leśnierowska a. o. 

A production by CRANKY BODIES a/company in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds with the support of DOCKART. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.

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TANZTAGE BERLIN 2023 | OPEN CALL
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TO ALL emerging DANCE ARTISTS BASED IN BERLIN

Every new year, the Tanztage Berlin is not only the city's very first festival, it has also established itself nationally and internationally as an important platform for emerging dance artists since its founding in 1996. The next edition of Tanztage Berlin will once again take place under the artistic direction of Mateusz Szymanówka. The festival is currently planned for 5-21 January 2023 - however, the form as well as the exact date will depend on the constant reassessment of the pandemic. The festival offers emerging dance artists based in Berlin a framework for their new productions and revivals. The programme of the last two editions can be found at: https://tanztage-berlin.sophiensaele.com.

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