Sophienstrasse 18
10178 Berlin-Mitte
Saison 24/25

Eva Meyer-Keller:
OUT OF MIND

Eva Meyer-Keller_01_Foto_Harry Weber_quer
Eva Meyer-Keller:
OUT OF MIND
Performance
in English

Premiere 

FEBRUARY 27 | Artist Talk after the show in cooperation with Theaterscoutings Berlin.

FEBRUARY 28 | Performance with German audio description. The preceding tactile tour takes place from 7 to 7.30 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.

Please klick here for the German Audioflyer.

“It takes more than one brain to make a mind” (Lisa Feldmann Barrett)

Can perception and thinking be localized – in an organ, a body, a time? Can the inside and outside be grasped by looking at individual messenger substances, media or nerve cells? Or are we swimming in a dark sea of indeterminacy, in which only brief shimmering moments of apparent insight ever occur?

In her new work OUT OF MIND Eva Meyer-Keller, together with her accomplices, develops scenic and physical 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. In arhythmic loops, the performers explore the inherent life of neurons and neural systems, engage in bodily processes of decay and transformation from the perspective of bacteria and experiment with the peculiarities of fluids and emulsions. The theater space becomes an experimental laboratory in which our habitual modes of perception are questioned and more-than-human actors enter the scene.

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 up until 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

  • 90 Minutes

Language

  • English spoken language
  • English written language

Audio Description
For the performance on 28.02. there is a German audio description and preceding tactile tour for blind and visually impaired people.

Light

  • In 3 scenes there are projections of written English over several minutes. Towards the end, a mirror-inverted and upside-down text is projected onto the back wall. This is reflected in the water on the stage floor. Only there can this text be read.
  • At some moments there is pulsating light, shadows or a fluctuating light situation.
  • At some moments it becomes darker in the room.
  • There are moments of complete darkness (Black Outs).

Sound

  • Self-made sounds are part of the performance. These are sampled in a composition of their own.

Other effects

  • Water vapour
  • Reflections
  • In some parts, the visitors will have the feeling that it is raining.

Audience

  • Seated grandstand
  • 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable subject to availability
  • During the show it is dark in the audience

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.

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.

CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE Eva Meyer-Keller CO-CREATION, PERFORMANCE Tamara Saphir, Annegret Schalke, Agata Siniarska DRAMATURGICAL COOPERATION Bettina Knaup COSTUME, STAGE Sara Wendt with Grażyna Roguski MUSIC Rico Lee TEXT by Eva Meyer-Keller, Tamara Saphir, Annegret Schalke, Constanze Schellow, Agata Siniarska LIGHTING DESIGN Annegret Schalke LIGHTS Elliott Cennetoglu TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT, SOUND Björn Stegmann VOICE COACH Kate McIntosh PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION Giulia Messia Scientific collaboration Andrew Plested AUDIO DESCRIPTION Emmilou Rössling, Silja Korn SPECIAL THANKS to Beatrix Joyce, Elli Pomoni, QUEST (Katrin Hahner and William Wheeler), Julia Schade, Emilia Schlosser, Jude Thom, Valerie Wehrens

A production by Eva Meyer-Keller in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE and PACT Zollverein, funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Media partner: taz.

EVA MEYER-KELLER studied choreography in Amsterdam and photography in Berlin and London. Her working method, even in the various constellations of her collaborative projects, always remains characterized by a constructive disregard for the genre boundaries between visual and performing arts. Her concern is to draw the attention of the observers to that which is actually always already there: to the small, often overlooked things. Her works create spaces where it is possible to notice what is intentionally or accidentally overlooked. Since 2017 she has been working on a series in engagement with models, processes and concepts from the natural sciences.

Tamara Saphir studied dance and theatre in Buenos Aires and Paris, where she also obtained a Master in philosophy. Since 2009, she lives and works in Berlin, where works as a performer, dramaturg and choreographic adviser with several independent companies and artists, such as Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends, Constanza Macras//Dorkypark, Showcase Beat Le Mot, Santiago Blaum, Lola Arias, Dirk Cieslak//Lubricat co., and the queer activist reggaeton music band “Chocolate Remix”, a.o. In her own practice and collaborations there is a recurrent use and abuse of philosophical texts and references to the history of philosophy. Often, these texts make their way into the practice not only through their conceptual content but also through a certain fascination with how these concepts are “staged” in the texts themselves, or in the folklore that surrounds them.

ANNEGRET SCHALKE lives and works as a dancer/choreographer and lighting designer in Berlin. She has a degree in mathematics and completed her studies in dance, context, choreography at the HZT Berlin in 2013. As a dancer she has worked with Eva Meyer-Keller, Sheena McGrandles, Heiner Goebbels, Rose Beermann, Julian Weber, among others. She also creates lighting designs in the field of dance/performance, for example in collaborations with Enrico Ticconi & Ginevra Panzetti, with Michelle Moura and others. In 2015 she received a danceweb scholarship from the Impulstanzfestival Wien. Since 2014 she is part of the light/sound/video artist residencies Gangplank with Bruno Pocheron and others. She is co-founder of the choreographers' collective B A G.

Agata Siniarska works in the field of extended choreography. She places her practice between how we think about the world and how we move in it. It is a place where somatics and politics intersect - a place where body perception meets social engagement - between somatic and environmental landscapes, between human and non-human bodies. Agata’s present research explores the idea of an Anthropocene museum, multi-species archives in the time of extinction and various human and non-human alliances. 

  • Eva Meyer-Keller_01_Foto_Harry Weber_quer
    © Harry Weber
  • 2_(c) Ayala Gazit
    © Ayala Gazit
  • 4_(c) Ayala Gazit
    © Ayala Gazit
  • 6_(c) Ayala Gazit
    © Ayala Gazit
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