Sophienstrasse 18
10178 Berlin-Mitte
Saison 24/25

Naoko Tanaka:
Milliarden Jahre Widerhall

Naoko Tanaka:
Milliarden Jahre Widerhall
Performance/Dance/Installation/Media Art
in German / little language


Milliarden Jahre Widerhall is a performative installation that opens up imaginative spaces, raising questions about connectedness and alienation from human beings and their terrain. Tanaka's exploration of this began during research trips to the contaminated zone of Fukushima. A place where humankind's ambivalent relationship with the earth is disrupted in a catastrophic event. The radioactive material caused a fundamental reshuffling in the earth's crust that has rewritten the history of the planet.

Tanaka documented her encounters with human, as well as non-human protagonists on site, in a diary and sketchbook. This resulted in a series of interdisciplinary works, which now, as elements of a performative exhibition, invite visitors on a sensual expedition into the impossible. Performance, lead stop-motion film, drawing and text, light reflections, concentrated movements and a reduced structure are brought into choreographic and architectural arrangements by Tanaka. This results in contemplative, sublime compositions that alienate and expand the dimensionality of our perception of depth and distance. 

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).


  • 30 minutes
  • After the performance, the audience can walk around the installation in the room.


  • German spoken language
  • German written language


  • The lighting situation is kept rather dark and simple without big light changes
  • On the left wall hangs a slowly rotating spotlight (rotator), which may be blinding.
  • A video with stop-motion sequences of pencil drawings is projected for 10 minutes. These are abstract drawings depicting moving figures.


  • Naoko makes noises with a string in places, creating a shrill sound.
  • There is some sound during the video. These are mainly sounds of nature (sea and wind noise, water, birds, etc.).
  • At the end of the video there is a shrill sound.

Audience area

  • Suitable for audiences aged 12 and over
  • This is an installative performance. The performance starts frontally at first. After the first half, the audience can move freely through the space, similar to an exhibition, and take a closer look at the installation (objects & film).
  • The audience sits on stools for the first 30 minutes.
  • 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability

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.


A production by Naoko Tanaka in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE and PACT Zollverein. Supported by Kunststiftung NRW. Media partner: taz.

NAOKO TANAKA studied fine arts at the Tokyo University of the Arts and came to Germany in 1999 as a scholarship holder at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Since then, she has been developing performances and installations that closely combine choreography and visual art. She was invited to the Tanzplattform Deutschland in 2010, along with the artist collective Ludica. and the choreographer Morgan Nardi. In 2011, Naoko Tanaka created her first solo piece Die Scheinwerferin, which was successfully performed throughout Europe. The piece received the Prix Jardin d'Europe 2012 as well as the ZKB Anerkennungspreis at the Zürcher Theaterspektakel. In 2012 the performance was also shown at Sophiensælen, followed by the premiere of Absolute Helligkeit in the same year. With Unverinnerlicht (2015), she completed her shadow trilogy, which was shown in its entirety in 2017. Most recently, Tanaka showed the work Still Lives (2018) at the Sophiensælen. Here she realized the conceptual, as well as the spatial and sound design.

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