Tomorrow | 20:00
Olympia Bukkakis
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February 02 03 04 | 20.00
February 05 | 18.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

replay investigates the formal relationships between movement and sound in pop, classical music, opera and drag. Drawing on her own biography, Olympia Bukkakis and her rebellious back up dancers raise questions about class and cultural hierarchies.

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February 03 | 17.00
Various Locations | 5 €

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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Cora Frost/Rudy van Dongen/Peter Frost & Friends
Insel der Orgeln
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February 11 | 20.00
February 12 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Insel der Orgeln (Island of Organs) is a happening of dance, music, performance and installation and searches for experienced, repressed and dreamed concepts of life and survival. On the island, travelers bring together terrible and promising life stories to the polyphony of the organs in order to invoke the question of the healing power of the social family of choice.

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Alexandre Achour, Angela Alves, Diana Anselmo, Saša Asentić, Marko Bašica, Rita Mazza, Auro Orso, Perel & Dalibor Šandor
Dis Contact
February 15 17 19 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Kontakthof by Pina Bausch is one of the most famous works of contemporary dance. In 2018, artist Dalibor Šandor wondered why Bausch never actually made a version with disabled artists. Dis Contact is a new work by artists belonging to communities and cultures that are systematically oppressed in the world where Kontakthof has a prominent status.

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Eva Meyer-Keller
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February 26 | 18.00
February 27 28 | 20.00
March 01 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

In OUT OF MIND Eva Meyer-Keller and her accomplices develop choreographic approaches to what we call consciousness and experience. She takes neuroscientific approaches as a starting point to undertake a dive into a slippery terrain of uncertainties and turns the theater space into an experimental laboratory in which more-thanhuman performers enter the scene as well.

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Jule Flierl
Time out of Joint
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March 08 09 10 11 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

Time out of Joint is a grotesque variety show of political speeches and a virtuously cacophonous concert of feminist struggles of the 20th century. Applying the tactic of tactlessness, utterances by historically influential female* speakers are dissected, distorted and recomposed. Dancing bodies explore rhetorical strategies as questions of rhythmic (re)arrangement and make voice audible as the battlefield of political representation.

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Ist die deutsche Theaterwissenschaft (post)kolonial?
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March 11 | 18.00
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What does the demand for a “decolonization of the University” mean for German-language theater studies? What could a post- or decolonial Theater Science look like in research and teaching? Together with contributors from the anthology Theaterwissenschaft postkolonial/decolonial, the editors Azadeh Sharifi and Lisa Skwirblies want to explore these questions.

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Vanessa Stern & Team
ToFuR® – Theater ohne Furcht und Reichweite
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March 16 18 | 20.00
March 19 | 18.00
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

Vanessa Stern has lost her way. She cried out bravely: “Social media, you are my enemy!” and founded a knighthood (complete with cute ponies) to go into battle against the dark forces of Reach and Attention. Theater without clicks and shares and likes! Be there when no one is following us! Another world is possible.

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Claire Vivianne Sobottke
à mort – Ein choreografischer Liederzyklus für drei Stimmen
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March 22 23 24 25 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

à mort is a performative-musical exploration of processes of domination, dying and killing. Excessive scenes of destruction emerge in a memento mori inspired installation of natural and artificial materials. The female voice emerges as a powerful physical presence in a dying world, challenging the grotesque human desire for dominance.

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Hendrik Quast
Spill your guts
March 31 | 19.00
April 01 | 19.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For his project, Hendrik Quast learns the art of ventriloquism in order to approach the chronic inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis artistically. In conversation with the disease, new ways of speaking and images of chronic illness emerge, opening up unusual spaces of humor for the ill and healthy audience.

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Tanztage Berlin 2023
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JANUAR 05 – 21

Hey, why do you look so tired? "Urgency culture" expects us to be connected and responsive constantly. There is little to no time left to imagine the world otherwise. Tanztage Berlin – a yearly festival highlighting the work of the city's emerging dance makers – is back to diagnose the present and predict the future. Its 32nd edition investigates our daily overstimulation and chronic fatigue by reflecting on how we move to the rhythm of today's high-speed, social media-driven reality and its challenges.

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New artistic direction starting with the 2023/24 season is confirmed

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The SOPHIENSÆLE are pleased to present their new management team starting with the season 2023/24.

JENS HILLJE and ANDREA NIEDERBUCHNER have been recruited as artistic directors. KERSTIN MÜLLER will remain with the company as commercial director. Together, Jens Hillje, Andrea Niederbuchner and Kerstin Müller will manage the SOPHIENSÆLE as an executive team from July 1, 2023.

Within the framework of an open call for applications and an extended search for suitable candidates, we have succeeded in finding two colleagues, Andrea Niederbuchner and Jens Hillje, who, with their different experiences in the fields of dance, performance and theater, form a perfect complement and bring with them many years of professional experience and leadership competence. Both bring a maximum curiosity for young and diverse developments in the performing arts and are looking forward to continue the outstanding work of the house and to lead the SOPHIENSÆLE into the future as one of the most important independent production houses.

After 12 very successful years at the SOPHIENSÆLE, the artistic direction of FRANZISKA WERNER ends with this season. Together with her team, she has worked extremely successfully during this time to constantly introduce new enriching artistic aspects into the work of the SOPHIENSÆLE and to permanently anchor the house as an indispensable, nationally important venue for the independent scene in Berlin. We would like to thank her for her impulses, her expertise and her outstanding commitment.

Amelie Deuflhard, Sasha Waltz & Jochen Sandig

Shareholders of SOPHIENSÆLE GmbH

"Jens Hillje and Andrea Niederbuchner are known to me from their various fields of work in the Berlin cultural scene and I hold them in high esteem. I wish the new management team a good start and look forward to working with them. This is good news for the SOPHIENSÆLE - we can look forward to exciting artistic times." Klaus Lederer, Senator for Culture and Europe, Berlin, 11.10.2022


ANDREA NIEDERBUCHNER is a freelance cultural manager, curator and producer in the field of contemporary dance, performance and visual arts. After graduating in  Cultural Area, Language and Economic Studies at the University of Passau, she worked for Joint Adventures/Tanzwerkstatt Europa, Michael Clark Company, Galerie Sprüth Magers, Wolfgang Tillmans and Tanzkongress 2019 under the artistic direction of Meg Stuart, among others. From 2013-2022 she worked as curator and project director for Tanz im August, a festival of HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin and since 2007 as manager and producer for choreographer Adam Linder. For Tanz im August she developed the retrospective series together with Virve Sutinen and co-curated the retrospectives of Rosemary Butcher (2015), La Ribot (2017), Deborah Hay (2019) and Cristina Caprioli (2022).

JENS HILLJE grew up in Italy and Lower Bavaria. After studying applied cultural sciences in Perugia, Hildesheim and Berlin, he has been working in the independent theater scene as an actor, writer and director since 1990. In 1996, he founded the Baracke at the Deutsches Theater with director Thomas Ostermeier, which was voted "Theater of the Year" in 1998. From 1999 to 2009 he was a member of the artistic management and chief dramaturge of the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. Together with Thomas Ostermeier, Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig, he built up an international acting and dance ensemble there. At the Schaubühne he co-founded the format F.I.N.D. - Festival, which has taken place there annually since 1999/2000. He continued to curate the discourse format Streitraum, which he founded in 1996, during his time as a freelance dramaturge from 2009. In 2010, Jens Hillje collaborated with Nurkan Erpulat on the play Verrücktes Blut at Ballhaus Naunynstraße, which was voted "Play of the Year" by the magazine Theater heute in 2011. In the same year, he curated the performing arts festival Intransit at the HKW. From the 2013/14 season to 2019, Jens Hillje was co-director of the Maxim Gorki Theater. The Maxim Gorki Theater was named "Theater of the Year" by Theater heute magazine in 2014 and 2016. Since 2020, he has worked again as a curator and freelance dramaturg with Falk Richter, Yael Ronen, Mikael Serre/Compagnie Le Fluide Ensemble (Paris), and Zona K (Mailand), among others. In 2022 he curated the program of the festival Radikal Jung at the Munich Volkstheater as artistic director. Together with Shermin Langhoff, the Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung awarded Jens Hillje the "Theaterpreis Berlin 2016". Jens Hillje received the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale in summer 2019 for his life's work.

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