Sophienstrasse 18
10178 Berlin-Mitte
Saison 24/25
Start: Zur letzten Instanz (Waisenstraße 14-16, 10179 Berlin)
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Adam Linder:
Mothering The Tongue

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Adam Linder:
Mothering The Tongue

Due to the Christmas market in Sophienstraße, the Sophiensæle will not be accessible by car from December 9-10, 2023.

Mothering The Tongue is a lecture-performance where Linder dances through a rumination on the practice of “free dance” and the layers of danced experience that rise to the surface in real time. Linder’s text weaves theoretical, cultural and personal ingredients that contribute to a “writing in real-time”which he then physically responds to, propelled by a variety of music from Bach to Sinéad O’Connor. Contrary to his vibrantly staged works for the theatre and the exhibition space Mothering The Tongue is a striped-down scenario, an invitation into a mindset that can produce electric possibilities for spontaneous embodiment.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event. Therefore, if you find out after you have purchased your ticket that the performance is no longer accessible to you, you can contact us for a ticket return at or 030 27 89 00 45 until 5 business days after the event (Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm).


  • 45 minutes


  • English spoken language


  • The light in the room has medium intensity.

Audience area

  • There are some benches available. It is also possible to sit or stand on the floor.
  • 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability


  • Due to the Christmas market in Sophienstraße, the Sophiensaele will not be accessible by car on December 9 and 10. Further information on how to get there and parking can be found here.

Early boarding

If, for artistic reasons, the door to the auditorium does not open until very shortly before the performance begins, there is the option of early boarding.


  • Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm-6pm
  • Via the online ticket shop
  • At the box office

You can also find more information about accessibility here.

Concept and Dance: Adam Linder
Accomplice: Taos Betrand

A production by Adam Linder Studio. With the kind support of von Art Explora – cité international des arts, Paris and Luma Foundation, Arles.

Adam Linder's practice relies on carefully crafted dance vocabularies to probe how choreography relates to desire, value, technology, and collective psyche. His solos and ensemble works, either for the stage or the exhibition space, incorporate text, props, costume, scenography, printed matter and musical compositions in various scales and with varying emphasis. He has presented solo and two-person exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney (2023), Museum of Modern Art MoMA, New York (2020), South London Gallery (2018), Kunsthalle Basel (2017), Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin (2016), and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2015). His stage works have been co-produced and presented by theatres such as HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Kampnagel, Hamburg; deSingel, Antwerp; Sadler's Wells, London; Dampfzentrale, Bern and UCLA CAP / Redcat, Los Angeles. In 2018, CCA Wattis, San Francisco presented the survey FULL SERVICE, which subsequently travelled to MUDAM Luxembourg. Linder has had commissions from Sydney Dance Company (2010), Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy (2023); and will create a new work for Danish Dance Theatre, Copenhagen in 2024.

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