Sophienstrasse 18
10178 Berlin-Mitte
Saison 24/25

Criptonite:
Pleasure

Criptonite_Foto_Jean-Marc Thurmes
Criptonite:
Pleasure
Performance/Varieté
In German and English

With English and German Surtitles
With German audio description
Relaxed Performance

During the performances it is obligatory to wear a FFP2 mask. 

The performances are with German audio description. The preceding tactile tour takes place at 8 pm. For audio description and pick-up service you can register Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm via 030 27 89 00 30 or barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com.

Click here for the German audio flyer.

We descend into a night of pleasure. Criptonite is a crip-queer theatre project by Edwin Ramirez and Nina Mühlemann. In their current manifestations as Dionysos and Medusa, they invite the audience into the underworld. Surrounded by the rivers of hatred, wailing, fire and oblivion, we find ourselves on the islands of pleasure, celebrating the intersection of pain, pleasure and kink. What does it mean to negotiate consensual giving and receiving together in a pleasurable way, through movement and care? Where do we find moments of pleasure despite pain or exhaustion? On a big soft bed, Criptonite interweave Greek mythology with their own experiences and blur the boundaries between mythical creatures and self, lust and shame, sensuality and monstrosity. With sensual guest performances by Anajara Amarante, Kübra Senkin, Marilyn Nova White and Noa Winter.

INVITATION RELAXED PERFORMANCE – ENGLISH

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  • Consensus-based interactions take place with audience volunteers.
  • Consensus-based spanking/slapping takes place on stage. These moments are each announced in advance in the play.

You can find more information on working with content notes on the house here.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com 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 ticketing@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 45 until 5 business days after the event (Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm).

DURATION

  • 2 hours with a 15-minute break

LANGUAGES

  • In German and English spoken language
  • With German and English surtitles
  • With German audio description

LIGHT

  • The lighting situation is rather dark, but never completely dark.
  • In the background there are LED light strips that slowly change colors.
  • In one scene there is strong lighting from above.
  • Spotlights are directed at the performers.
  • The use of light is generally rather restrained.

SOUND

  • Pop music tracks are used.
  • An audio description speaker sits in the audience in the back row, describing the show for blind and visually impaired people. The audio description is spoken into a muffled microphone.
  • The use of sound is generally low-key.

STAGE

  • There is a projected image in the background showing lava blocks slowly flowing down.
  • Partially, a camera films the performers from above and transmits the video live to a screen.
  • In the stage space there is a cage and an inflatable bed.

AUDIO DESCRIPTION

  • The events take place with German audio description.
  • The preceding tactile tour will take place at 8:00 pm.
  • If required, we offer a pick-up service for blind and visually impaired persons from the nearby S-Bahn, U-Bahn and tram stations. These are U-Bahn Weinmeisterstraße, S-Bahn Hackescher Markt or the tram station Weinmeisterstraße/Gipsstraße. To make use of the pick-up service, please contact Hannah Aldinger within our office hours (Monday to Friday, 10am - 6pm) at 030 27 89 00 35 or barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com. For further information and registration please contact Hannah Aldinger at: barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

RELAXED PERFORMANCE

  • Sounds and movements from the audience are explicitly welcome.
  • Visitors can leave and return to the space at any time.
  • A chill-out area (with weighted/unweighted pillows, weighted/unweighted blankets, soundproof headphones, earplugs and stim-toys) will be available in the foyer during the performance.

CONTENT

  • Consensus-based interactions take place with audience volunteers.
  • Consensus-based spanking/slapping takes place on stage. These moments are each announced in advance in the play.
  • There are smacking and eating noises.
  • There are guest performances by Anajara Amarante, Kübra Senkin, Marilyn Nova White and Noa Winter. Bondage is used in a guest performance.

Audience

  • Suitable from 18 years
  • During the performance it is compulsory to wear a FFP2 mask.
  • Doors open 30 minutes before the performance begins.
  • There is free choice of seats.
  • There is a variety of seating in the space: Chairs, two sofas, eight beanbags and podiums lined with cushions.
  • 8 beanbags  are bookable, depending on availability.
  • 2 wheelchair places are bookable, depending on availability
  • Beanbag or wheelchair seats can be purchased in our Online-Ticketshop or reserved by phone.

TICKETS

  • 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.

ARTISTIC DIRECTION, PERFORMANCE Nina Mühlemann, Edwin Ramirez DRAMATURGY, AUDIODESCRIPTION Kathrin Veser CONSULTATION AUDIODESCRIPTION Sophia Neises, Ari Althaus CHOREOGRAPHY Alessandro Schiattarella PRODUCTION Laeticia Blättler (Moin Moin Productions) PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE Sarah Schoch SOUND Susanne Affolter LIGHTING Marek Lamprecht, Iris Rohr SCENOGRAPHY Theres Indermaur COSTUME Ernestyna Orlowska GUEST PERFORMANCES BY Anajara Amarante, Kübra Sekin, Marilyn Nova White and Noa Winter

A production by Criptonite in co-production with Gessnerallee Zurich and Tanzhaus Zurich with the Freischwimmen network, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media through the program “Verbindungen fördern” of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste e.V. Supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Migros Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Dr. Hedwig Stauffer Stiftung. The guest performance is made possible by Freischwimmen Netzwerk, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media through the program “Verbindungen fördern” of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste e.V., and realized with the kind support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung. 

Nina Mühlemann (none/they/she) lives in Zurich and is an artist and theater and disability scholar. Currently, Nina is working in the research project “Aesthetics of the Im-Mobile” at the Bern University of the Arts and researching im-/mobile dance and theater practices of disabled artists. From 2018-2019 Nina was artistic co-director of Future Clinic for Critical Care, a socio-cultural animated theater practice project, with performances at Gessnerallee Zurich and Impulstanz Festival Vienna. In 2020, Nina co-founded Criptonite with Edwin Ramirez, a crip-queer theater project centering the work of disabled artists.

Edwin Ramirez (they/them, no pronouns) is a performance artist and stand-up comedian from Zurich. Since 2015, Ramirez has performed on all major comedy stages in German-speaking Switzerland and on Swiss television. Together with Nina Mühlemann, Ramirez has been leading the project Criptonite, a crip-queer event series, since the beginning of 2020. From summer 2018 to the end of 2019, Ramirez was part of the Future Clinic for Critical Care, a socio-culturally animated art project with events at the Gessnerallee in Zurich, focusing on care and care work. In October 2020, Ramirez was part of the performance Star Magnolia at Theater Neumarkt.

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