Lois Alexander BIPoC-only*: Yeye

  • BIPOC-ONLY (1)
    © Kimani Schumann
  • YEYE_Postermotiv_c_Chanel Kah Yin Liang
    © Chanel Kah Yin Liang
  • YEYE_120922_8
    © Chanel Kah Yin Liang
  • Yeye foto by kimani schumann 3
    © Kimani Schumann
  • Yeye foto by Kimani Schumann 2
    © Kimani Schumann
  • Yeye foto by Kimani Schumann
    © Kimani Schumann
  • _Yeye_
    © Kimani Schumann
Dance/Performance
October 24 | 20.00
Tickets
Hochzeitssaal
15/10 €
in English

*BiPoC-only: This show is exclusively for people who position themselves as BIPoC. BIPoC is an abbreviation for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, i.e. people affected by racism or anti-Semitism. Including Black, Indigenous, (post-)migrant people as well as Sinti*zze, Rom*nja, Jews, Latino/a/x, East/South Asian, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander. etc. Everyone is invited to the other performances on October 22, 23 + 25.

Yeye pays homage to Yemayá, the goddess of the sea and motherhood in the Yoruba pantheon. In her latest performance work, created for the camera and now adapted to stage, choreographer and performer Lois Alexander explores the afterlife of slavery and the reverberations on our present.

In the novel Beloved, writer Toni Morrison, opens up reflections on love, trauma and memory when a mother is driven to commit the most unspeakable act. Influenced by Morrison’s writing style and drawing on her research into representations of Black mothers in mythology and religion, Lois creates her own language of blending personal narrative, historicity and spirituality. Looking specifically at icons such as the Black Madonna, Lois investigates the processes of syncretization, the blending of different religious views, and unveils their implications. Multi-layered tensions become palpable through the touching of, sensing with, and remembering through different materials, such as textile and sound.

Yeye incorporates these senses into an embodied patchwork to ways of attending to healing, and uses performance to practice strategies of refusal and resistance.Yeye is a deep reckoning of a modern era that is entangled with colonial histories, mothers and the ocean. What are the temporalities of a racialized body, one that is marked by visible and invisible wounds? What can be healing? Yeye explores memory, traces and notions of a motherland, moving through different levels of video, text and performance.

Lois Alexander is a choreographer and dancer living and working in Berlin. She graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2014 and worked in traditional German state theater before creating her own work in the independent free theater scene in Amsterdam and Berlin. Her first solo choreography Neptune has toured Europe through the Aerowaves Network. Lois is inspired by what Tina Campt describes as “textured identities” and uses the embodied nature of dance and performance to articulate an in-between, migratory state from black feminist perspectives.

CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Lois Alexander SOUND Sea Novaa STAGE DESIGN Nina Kay COSTUME DESIGN Sarah Seini DRAMATURGY Jasco Viefhues CINEMATOGRAPHY Diara Sow, Kimani Schumann PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Nick Germeys SOUND, VIDEO Julia Cremers PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE Ben Mohai ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Marisa Godoy, Mateusz Szymanówka, das Sophiensaele-Team

A production by Lois Alexander in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. The play and its revival are funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Media partners: RosaMagtaz, die tageszeitung. 

Programme
Public in Private / Aimé C. Songe
The River - Part 1
the river2
September 27 28 | 18.15
September 29 30 | 18.00
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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Thorsten Lensing
Verrückt nach Trost
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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
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October 13 14 15 | 19.00
October 16 | 17.00
Tickets
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
Morgan Hickinbotham_4_main visual quer
October 17 18 19 20 | 20.00
Tickets
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
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October 20 21 | 19.30
Tickets
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
YEYE_Postermotiv_c_Chanel Kah Yin Liang
October 22 25 | 20.00
October 23 | 18.00
Tickets
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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Lois Alexander
BIPoC-only*: Yeye
BIPOC-ONLY (1)
October 24 | 20.00
Tickets
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
Anna Natt_final-3_Mayra Wallraff
October 27 28 29 | 20.00
October 30 | 18.00
Tickets
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
Hausführung
October 28 | 17.00
Tickets
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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