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.
Am I a man who had dreamed he was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he was a man? – Zhuangzi The Butterfly Dream
Yui Kawaguchi translates in Mugen (Japanese: illusion, infinity) the classical elements of Japanese Nō theatre into a hypnotic interplay of dance, music and light. In a fast-paced choreography, Joy Alpuerto Ritter seems to outright fly through an installation on stage. She is fueled by Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, who single-handedly creates a sound atmosphere of orchestral quality with his instruments. Although each element exists in its own cosmos, a trance-like flow is created through ever new encounters, changing tempos and incidences of light, dissolving the boundaries between fantasy and reality, dream and wakefulness.
YUI KAWAGUCHI has been working in Berlin since 2005. In addition to her collaboration with Nico and the Navigators, she shows her own compositions of movement, space, light and sound worldwide, in which the dancing body is rediscovered. Milestones are andropolaroid (Cologne Dance Award 2010) and the multimedia production MatchAtria. In 2019, she co-choreographed Flying Pictures by Flying Steps at Hamburger Bahnhof, and in 2020 she developed Suor Angelica with Kirill Petrenko and Nicola Hümpel at the Berlin Philharmonie. In 2020 Kawaguchi is developing DisTanz with Ruben Reniers (Faust Annual Prospectus 2021). 2021 saw the world premieres of SUITE CUBIC with Julia Kursawe and Daniel Mandolini at the Konzerthaus Berlin and Somewhere, Everywhere, Nowhere with Alison Currie at the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide.
JOY ALPUERTO RITTER (born 1982 in Los Angeles/ USA) completed her training at the Palucca Dance School in Dresden in 2004. Since then she has worked as a contemporary freelance dancer with many choreographers, including Christoph Winkler, Akram Khan and Wangramirez. In 2016 she was nominated as "outstanding dancer" (modern) at the National Dance Awards UK. As a choreographer she became internationally known with her own solo work Babae, which premiered at Sophiensælen as part of the Witch Dance Project 2016, and is one of the Aerowaves artists 2020. She works as (associate) choreographer with Akram Khan, Chen Shi-Zheng, Riz Ahmed, Viviana Durante, Florence + the Machine and supports other academic institutions in Austria, Germany, Italy and Beijing.
MOHAMMAD REZA MORTAZAVI lives in Berlin as a composer and musician. He plays Tombak and Daf, two percussion instruments that have influenced him since his childhood in Isfahan, Iran. Inspired by sounds of everyday life and nature, his emotional connection to life is transformed into pulsating and polyphonic rhythms. The award-winning musician presents his music both solo, e.g. at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall or the Sydney Opera House, and in international projects with other musicians, e.g. Rundfunkchor Berlin, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, as well as producers, theaters and dancers.
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY Yui Kawaguchi BY AND WITH Joy Alpuerto Ritter (Dance), Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (Music) STAGE DESIGN Acci Baba COSTUME Sadak LIGHT, Technician Fabian Bleisch DRAMATURGE Rosi Ulrich PRODUCTION Ilja Fontaine
A production by Yui Kawaguchi | Mendora and NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS, in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, MA scène nationale - Pays de Montbéliard and WEHR51, funded by the City of Cologne. 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.