Tomorrow | 20:00
Flinn Works
Global Belly_Zoom
June 24 25 26 | 20.00
June 26 | 17.30
Performance on Zoom
Online | 15/10 €

The unfulfilled desire to have children drives couples from Germany and Switzerland abroad. They entrust surrogates in India, the US and Ukraine to deliver their children. These ‘intending parents’ duck legal boundaries and enter unknown moral ground. Flinn Works has undertaken research in all five countries in order to gain a deeper understanding of gestational surrogacy.

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Jess Thom
Biscuits Without Borders + Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic
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June 23-30
July 01-31

Jess Thom's Lecture Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic and her talk Biscuits Without Borders with Noa Winter are now available as videos on demand. Both events took place during the performance festival Risk and Resilience in October 2020. >> WATCH VIDEOS HERE

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Bernadette La Hengst
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June 30 | 21.00
July 01 02 03 | 21.00
15/10 Euro zzgl. Gebühren

The theatrical songwriter Bernadette La Hengst embarks together with her 16-year-old daughter and the audience on a musical journey through time to the stations of her mother's life between Silesia, the GDR, Lebanon and the FRG.

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Siegmar Zacharias & Steve Heather
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July 02 | 20.00
0/5/10 €

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. 

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Olympia Bukkakis
Too Much
July 07 08 09 10 | 21.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Too Much Olympia Bukkakis crashes performance against itself. Based on her own experiences as a drag performer, she devotes herself to the special relationship between performer and audience.

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Rita Mazza
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July 08 09 | 19.00
Eintritt frei

After experiences in the European deaf performance community, Rita Mazza now presents her first choreographic work at Sophiensæle. Entering the stage as a playground, she explores the combination of dance and sign language movements and creates a whole new form of visual poetry. 

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Lois Alexander
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July 08 | 19.00
July 09 | 16.00
July 10-23
5-25 €

In her latest performance work, created for the camera, choreographer and performer Lois Alexander explores the afterlife of slavery and the reverberations on our present. Yeye explores memory, traces and notions of a motherland, moving through different levels of video, text and performance.

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Jan Kress
Swallow Swallow
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July 12 | 18.00
July 13-25
Eintritt frei

With a focus on intensive bodywork, Jan Kress develops his own artistic language that combines sign language and dance.

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UFO_c_Marc Andrea Bragalini HP
July 15 16 17 18 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In their first collaboration, German sound dancer Jule Flierl and Slovenian choreo-vocalist Irena Z. Tomažin celebrate their shared interest in Katalin Ladik's artistic position.

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Lea Sherin Kübler + Soraya Reichl & Ensemble
Remember Now!
July 16 17 18 | 14.00
July 16 17 18 | 17.00
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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July 17 18 | 18.00
July 19 20 | 20.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

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July 19-31
August 01

The Tanzscout team invites you to this AUDIO Tune-in & COLLAGE Wrap-up, with which we continue to connect dance pieces and audience members online.

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Isabelle Schad
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July 22-26 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

The works are part of an ongoing series by choreographer Isabelle Schad, in which she invites the audience to dive into a process of timelessness, closeness and contemplation.

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Olympia Bukkakis Too Much

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July 07 08 09 10 | 21.00
15/10 €
In English and German

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In Too Much Olympia Bukkakis crashes performance against itself. Based on her own experiences as a drag performer, the Queen of the Heavens and of the Earth, Empress of Despair, and Architect of Your Eternal Suffering devotes herself to the special relationship between performer and audience. What role do language and movement conventions play? How do they influence the special dynamic between those who watch and those who act - and who does that exclude? Using her drag skills, Olympia Bukkakis subverts the valid rules and creates personae for the various performance formats: Mistakes from the rehearsal replace virtuosic performance, and between a weather reports, an ancient Greek monologue, a cello solo and a talk show - with Oozing Gloop as special guest - languages are garbled and mixed, assumptions about the audience are dismissed. Performance archetypes are knocked from their pedestals, in order to make room for those locked out of the normative audience/performer relationship. By undertaking the impossible task of conjuring all these varied genres within one single performance, Olympia Bukkakis will create moments of connection, disruption, euphoria, and tragedy.

The play lasts about 90 minutes and does not have a break. It is suitable for audiences aged 16 and older. Some parts are in German, some in English spoken language. There is loud music, which sometimes starts surprisingly. The performance makes use of fog. There is no need for audience members to be still, movement and sounds in the audience are welcome. It is possible to leave and return to the room at any point during the show. If you need a break, you can go to the foyer or bar area or to the courtyard (both on the ground floor). They are accessible via the staircase or the elevator. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There is one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop, if available. The accessibility information will be continuously updated. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35.

OLYMPIA BUKKAKIS, Queen of the Heavens and of the Earth, Empress of Despair, and Architect of Your Eternal Suffering is a drag choreographer. Originally from Australia, she has lived and worked in Berlin since 2012, organising queer performance events such as Get Fucked, Queens Against Borders and Apocalypse Tonight. After graduating from the SODA Master at HZT in 2019 she presented: Gender Euphoria (2019 Tanztage), Under Pressures (2019 Gessnerallee Zürich), Boys Night Out (2020 Melbourne), and A Touch of the Other (2020 Risk and Resilience Festival, Sophiensæle). Her practice is situated within, and inspired by, the tensions and intersections between queer nightlife, contemporary dance and performance.

CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Olympia Bukkakis PERFORMANCE Oozing Gloop DRAMATURGY Isabel Gatzke STAGE PAINTING, VIDEO Camille Lacadee COSTUME Jay Barry Matthews SOUND COOL FOR YOU (Vika Kirchenbauer) LIGHT Maika Knoblich PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Paul Niedermayer PRODUCTION Lisa Gehring

A production by Olympia Bukkakis in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, supported by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.

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