Programme
Tomorrow | 18:00
Sebastian Matthias
Urban Creatures
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August 10 11 12 | 18.00
Tickets
Dance
Festsaal | 25/15 €

In the piece, which is both music theatre and dance performance, the audience itself becomes part of a living sound installation. Electronic sounds emanate from their own mobile phone loudspeakers, which change depending on the distance to the performers and merge into a single collective body of sound.

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Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
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August 15-19 | 19.45
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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Mette Ingvartsen
The Dancing Public
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August 17 18 19 | 21.00
Tickets
Dance
Festsaal | 25/15 €

Inspired by the historical phenomenon of dance frenzy - the solo dance mixes ecstatic eruptions with pounding beats and is party, spoken word concert and expression of physical madness to exhaustion all in one.

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Faye Driscoll
Thank You For Coming: Space
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August 24 25 26 27 | 18.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 25/15 €

Faye Driscoll stands alone on stage but creates a dynamic group experience. She is part of a complex installation, is wired for sound transmission and is supported by pulleys, ropes or the weight of others.

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Pelenakeke Brown
Enter // Return
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September 09 10 | 18.00
Tickets
Performance
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For the first time in Germany, the festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer presents a work by the Sāmoan/Pākeha artist Pelenakeke Brown. With her collective of disabled artists, she takes a new look at aesthetics and the art of the disabled body in this interdisciplinary performance.

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Sindri Runudde
A Sensoral Lecture
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September 09 10 | 21.00
September 11 | 16.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Can a voice message be more intimate than a nude photo? Together with composer Marta Forsberg, Sindri Runudde explores the concept of voicemail and the culture of auditory versus text-based SMS: A Sensoral Lecture is all about auditory romance and love at first frequency - an exploration of sound and especially the voice as a form of touch.

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Quiplash (Amelia and Al Lander-Cavallo)
Queere Audiodeskription
Al and Amelia_c_Chris Andreau
September 13 | 14.00 - 18.30
September 14 | 11.00 - 15.30
Festsaal | 10/20/30/40 €

Join Quiplash to explore what it means to integrate audio description into performance, queerly. The workshop takes place over two relaxed half-day sessions (with breaks) at the Festsaal of Sophiensæle.

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Anajara Amarante
Butching Cowboys
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September 15 | 20.00
September 16 17 | 18.00
Tickets
Kantine | 15/10 €

Anajara Amarante takes the audience into their queer version of South American surrealism and creates entire dance landscapes out of it: Closely connected to the artists, the audience experiences a crescendo evening that is both visual protest and ritual celebration.

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Quiplash
Unsightly Drag and Friends
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September 16 17 | 20.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Welcome to Unsightly Drag and Friends: Quiplash invites the audience to a dazzling and somewhat different evening of cabaret! Between musical and stand-up comedy, abstract worlds and smooth moves the ensemble of Queer Crips (short: Quips) show us how sexy the mix of entertainment and access can be.

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Angela Alves
Tennis
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September 23 24 | 19.00
September 26 27 | 20.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In the dance performance TENNIS, Angela Alves examines sport, art and society for ableist and classist patterns of discrimination; exploring  methods to confront them without losing her nerve. In the setting of a tennis court, the dancer takes up the racket and prepares to serve for an accessible future.

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Sheena McGrandles
Dawn: A Musical on Reproduction
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September 23 24 | 21.00
September 24 | 14.00
September 25 | 16.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Sheena McGrandles’s successful experimental musical is back: Between concert, spoken word and performance, one ensemble together with a small choir of childless people speculates on new ways of starting a family!

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Thorsten Lensing
Verrückt nach Trost
Verrückt nach Trost_ThorstenLensing_01_FotoArmin Smailovic
September 30 | 19.00
October 01 02 07 08 09 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 28/18 €

The children Charlotte and Felix emerge from the sea and play as their dead parents on the beach. It's a ritual the two have been practicing for years. In memory of their parents' wild exuberance, they put sunscreen on their backs and tickle each other until they can hardly breathe. For brief moments,all sadness falls away from them. Again and again, however, the different needs of the two ten- and eleven-year-old siblings break into the game.

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Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen
Let‘s J̶u̶s̶t̶ Be Friends
October 13 14 15 | 19.00
October 16 | 17.00
Performance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In Let's Just Be Friends, Simone Dede Ayivi interviews people who live their friendships as a feminist counter-concept to family businesses or marriages: Friends who do projects together or take on responsibilities for each other that are usually attributed to the close family context or romantic relationships between two people.

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James Batchelor & Collaborators
Shortcuts to Familiar Places
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October 17 18 19 20 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In Shortcuts to Familiar Places, James Batchelor creates a personal performance about the body as a site of historical and choreographic inscription.

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Company Christoph Winkler
Radical Minimal
October 20 21 | 19.30
15/10 €

With Radical Minimal, the Berlin-based Company Christoph Winkler explores the radical potential of minimal music and contemporary dance. In three choreographies, the team reinterprets three well-known pieces of minimal music: Come Out by Steve Reich, Coming Together by Frederic Rzewski and Stay on it by Julius Eastman.

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Lois Alexander
Yeye
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October 22 24 25 | 20.00
October 23 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

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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Anna Natt
Queering Nosferatu
October 27 28 29 | 20.00
October 30 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In her new performance, Anna Natt, together with experimental musician Robert Curgenven, examines the vampire figure of Nosferatu for its queerness.

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Hausführung
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October 28 | 17.00
Various Locations |

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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Thorsten Lensing Verrückt nach Trost

  • Verrückt nach Trost_ThorstenLensing_01_FotoArmin Smailovic
    © Armin Smailovic / Felix (Devid Striesow) kitzelt seine Schwester Charlotte (Ursina Lardi) am Strand.
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    © Armin Smailovic / André Jung als Orang Utan (im Hintergrund Devid Striesow, Ursina Lardi)
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    © Armin Smailovic / Sebastian Blomberg als Taucher und Ursina Lardi als Oktopus.
Theatre
September 30 | 19.00
October 01 02 07 08 09 | 19.00
Tickets
Festsaal
28/18 €
Auf Deutsch - in German

After the successful novel adaptations of Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov (Friedrich Luft Prize for the best Berlin performance in 2014) and David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (Berlin Theatertreffen 2019), Thorsten Lensing has, for the first time, written his own play for the theater. More precisely, for his longtime companions, the actors Sebastian Blomberg, André Jung, Ursina Lardi and Devid Striesow.

The children Charlotte and Felix emerge from the sea and play as their dead parents on the beach. It's a ritual the two have been practicing for years. In memory of their parents' wild exuberance, they put sunscreen on their backs and tickle each other until they can hardly breathe. For brief moments,all sadness falls away from them. Again and again, however, the different needs of the two ten- and eleven-year-old siblings break into the game.

While the unbridled imagination of the children determines the first part of the production, the second part focuses on adult life. The siblings go their separate ways. Charlotte, as an octopus, meets a diver with a death-wish, who believes he can communicate with animals. Felix, on the other hand, tries not to get lonely, despite the physical numbness that has haunted him since the death of his parents.

The audience accompanies the characters over several decades, from childhood to old age, so that in the end they share common memories with them. In this evening of theater, the most intense reading experiences and the most intimate wishful thinking are brought to life. We encounter hungry babies in huge parking lots, injured pole vaulters, talking octopuses, divers with a death-wish, people who can't feel their own bodies, cows on slaughter day, nursing robots, and dying people waiting to pass in a nursing home. They are all driven by the fear of having lost their way and the great longing for the feeling of being properly alive.

THORSTEN LENSING has been working as a freelance director since the mid-1990s. Since then he has produced and directed 15 theater performances. His productions are created as freelance productions in co-production with, for example, the Schauspielhaus Zurich, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Berliner Festspiele, Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Sophiensæle in Berlin, Theater im Pumpenhaus in Münster, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Kampnagel Hamburg, deSingel in Antwerp and Volksbühne Berlin. Lensing's productions always feature top-class casts. He works with Ursina Lardi, Devid Striesow, André Jung, Josef Ostendorf, Viviane de Muynck, Ernst Stötzner, Lars Rudolph, Peter Kern, Sebastian Blomberg, Maria Hofstätter, Miriam Goldschmidt, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Charly Hübner and Peter Kurth, among others, as well as with musicians Jean-Paul Bourelly, Phil Minton and Willi Kellers, cultural journalist Dirk Pilz and set designer Johannes Schütz. After the successful novel adaptations of Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov (Friedrich Luft Prize for Best Berlin Performance in 2014) and David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (Berlin Theatertreffen 2019), Thorsten Lensing has written his first very own play for the theater with Verrückt nach Trost.

WITH Sebastian Blomberg, André Jung, Ursina Lardi, Devid Striesow DIRECTOR Thorsten Lensing CO-DIRECTOR Benjamin Eggers-Domsky STAGE DESIGN Gordian Blumenthal, Ramun Capaul COSTUME Anette Guther DRAMATURGY Dan Kolber, Thierry Mousset SOUND DESIGN Titus Maderlechner PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Eva-Karen Tittmann PRODUCTION + STAGE MANAGEMENT Martina Schulle TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT Dirk Lutz DIRECTOR Anne Bickert COSTAIRS Nuria Heyck, Luisa Puschendorf

A co-production between the Salzburg Festival and Thorsten Lensing with SOPHIENSÆLE, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Kampnagel Hamburg, Theater Chur, Asphalt Festival Düsseldorf, Pumpenhaus Münster, Mousonturm Frankfurt/Main. With the kind support of the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin and the City of Münster. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.

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Tanz im August 2022
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34. International Festival Berlin
August 05-27

The international festival Tanz im August, presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, is once again showing a full three-week programme with international and local choreographers from different generations. From August 5–27, 2022 a total of 21 productions with around 200 artists from over 25 countries are being shown in 87 performances at HAU Hebbel am Ufer and 6 other venues in Berlin. 

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Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer
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September 09-17

For the first time in Germany, the Sophiensæle will bring together international works by queer disabled artists as part of the performance festival Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer – with all the challenges and potentials that the intersections of disability and queerness entail.

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