Sophienstrasse 18
10178 Berlin-Mitte
Saison 24/25
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Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen:

Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen:
Performance/video installation

The announced event unfortunately has to be canceled due to health reasons in the team. Tickets already purchased for Rebellkarussell will be refunded.

Instead, Simone Dede Ayivi presents her new work in conversation with Jens Hillje, which will premiere at Sophiensæle in February 2024. For this project, Simone Dede Ayivi will be working on the biographies and testimonies of the Afro-German generation, who were born as the children of white German women and Black US soldiers and who then initiated a new Black movement in Germany 30 years later.

The meeting point for the talk is on December 17, 2023 at 5 pm in the Kantine.

Who owns the city, who do we commemorate and where is there room for utopias? Rebellkarussell is a video trilogy by Simone Dede Ayivi and Kompliz*innen. In an installative setting for the video preview, we can watch the final episode of the series on Afrofuturism come to life. It brings pre-colonial culture and mythology into futuristic worlds and builds bridges for rebellious time travelers. Infotainment with the simplest analogue means of theater – because everything can be better illustrated when it fogs and hisses, something spins or comes from the ceiling.

The performance of "Rebellkarusell" unfortunately has to be canceled due to health reasons in the team. Instead, Simone Dede Ayivi will present her upcoming production at Sophiensæle (February 2024). The meeting point for the talk is on December 17, 2023 at 5 pm in the Kantine.

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.


  • 30 Minutes


  • German spoken language


  • Seating on chairs
  • 2 beanbag seats available
  • 2 wheelchair spaces available


  • Due to the Christmas market in Sophienstraße, the Sophiensaele cannot be approached by car on December 17. Further information on how to get there and parking can be found here.


  • Entry to the talk with Simone Dede Ayivi is free.
  • Tickets already purchased for "Rebellkarussell" will be refunded.

You can also find more information about accessibility here.

Text, performance: Simone Dede Ayivi
Text, dramaturgy: Selma Böhmelmann
Camera, editing: Jones Seitz
Stage: Luca Plaumann / Lani Tran-Duc
Costume: Elisabeth Gers
Sound, music: Johannes Birlinger
Special effects: Frieder Miller
Production management: ehrliche arbeit – freies kulturbüro
Production and set assistance: Luca Plaumann
PR: Sarah Rosenau
Grafic design: Julia Praschma

A production by Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen in coproduction with Sophiensæle. Funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste by means of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Das Wetter, Missy Magazine, Siegessäule, taz.   

Simone Dede Ayivi's performances discuss questions of representation, resistance and community. Her works are biographically motivated, mostly interview-based research projects. She explores ways of remembering and rediscovering - and shines a spotlight on political struggles and movements, Black history and the present. Using recorded discussions, interviews and political speeches, she seeks to amplify the voices of marginalized communities. With Afrofuturistic narratives, she creates a space in the theater to ponder, translate and reinvent. A space for utopias. Simone reveals her research methods and the means of theater, allowing the audience to become part of her content-related and aesthetic search process. The construction of images is also addressed and viewing habits are questioned. Together with her Kompliz*innen, she has developed performances in cooperation with the Sophiensaele, the Pavillon Hannover, the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt and the Festival Theaterformen. She has worked as a director at Schauspielhaus Graz, Theater Oberhausen and Deutsches Theater Berlin, among others. In 2022, Simone Dede Ayivi received the Tabori Award from the Fonds Darstellende Künste.

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