Sophienstrasse 18
10178 Berlin-Mitte
Saison 24/25

Neo Hülcker:
Sanatorium Rainbow Hills

Eine Figur von einem Hund, der goldig erwartungsvoll guckt, am linken Bildrand. Mit dem Maul hält er ein rotes Schild in der Form eines Herzen.
Neo Hülcker:
Sanatorium Rainbow Hills
Online-Performance/Treatment

Premiere
Relaxed Performance

MaY 26 | 18.00 H Show in German and English with integrated audio description in German
MaY 27 | 14.00 H Show in German and English with integrated audio description in German
MaY 27 | 18.00 H Show in German Sign Language

The performance will take place on Zoom. Please note the visitor information.

Click here for the German audio flyer.

Sanatorium Rainbow Hills invites you to participate in its relaxing, regenerating or activating online group treatments. Ecosexual treatment, digital foam bathing, underwater world, digital puppy play or bloody body splatter anger: The experienced doctors Dr. Julie La Roche, Dr. Schmidt-Wieser, Dr. Puffington and Dr. Dogbart welcome you. They will safely accompany you and guide you through the various experiential spaces. Together they will discover your visual, auditory, or transcriptive triggers and celebrate your needs with you.

“At Rainbow Hills Sanatorium, we trust in the healing power of positive escapism.” – Dr. Puffington

In Sanatorium Rainbow Hills you can feel save and thus allow yourself to let go.” – Dr. Schmidt-Wieser

Dr. Julie La Roche helped me to feel at peace with myself again.” – A client

Rainbow Hills Sanatorium has shown me a way out of stress.” – A client

Invitation DGS

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Invitation Relaxed Performance – English
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  • The Ecosexual Treatment addresses plant eroticism. There are interactions between a hand and plants that can appear sexual or erotic.
  • During the Digital Puppy Play treatment, the audience is addressed as dogs. In one scene, a performer plays with a stuffed dog that has a rubber tongue. In the play, this rubber tongue and the performer's tongue may touch and it looks as if the performer and the dog are kissing.
  • The treatment Bloody Body Splatter Anger deals with anger. Various fruits and vegetables are maltreated in different ways. Among other things, a cucumber is tied up, a tomato is slowly crushed, a strawberry is chopped up, a kiwi is beaten to death with a hammer. At the end, the performer eats the mashed fruit and vegetables.

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

  • 90 minutes

Language

  • In German and English: On 26 May at 6 p.m. and on 27 May at 2 p.m.
  • In German Sign Language (DGS): On 27 May at 6 pm
  • German written language is used in places.

Audio Description

  • The performances on 26 May at 6 pm and 27 May at 2 pm will take place with German audio description.
  • The audio description is integrated in the performance on these days. This means that the sighted performers describe their performances audibly for all audience members as part of their art.

Stage

  • The performance takes place online via Zoom. Zoom is a tool for video conferencing.
  • A guide how to use Zoom and how to participate in the event can be found HERE.

Content

  • The performance is structured in 5 different treatments.
  • Ecosexual Treatment: This treatment is about plant eroticism. A hand slowly and lasciviously explores a landscape. There are interactions between the hand and plants that can appear sexual or erotic.
  • Digital Puppy Play: In this treatment you are addressed as dogs. In one scene a performer plays with a stuffed dog that has a rubber tongue. In the play, this rubber tongue and the performer's tongue may touch and it looks like the performer and the dog are kissing. There is also a toy dog. In the end, the performer becomes the dog.
  • Underwater World: In this treatment, the camera films an underwater scene in which other underwater creatures keep appearing.
  • Bloody Body Splatter Anger: This treatment is about anger. Various fruits and vegetables are tortured in different ways. Among other things a cucumber is tied up, a tomato is slowly crushed, a strawberry is chopped up, a kiwi is beaten to death with a hammer... In the end, the performer eats the crushed fruit and vegetables.
  • Digital foam bathing: In this treatment you can watch a water hole where dinosaurs take a bath.

Light

  • The lighting situation is rather bright (except for the treatment Unterwater World)
  • Underwater World: This treatment has a dark light situation. There are slow changes of light in different colours. In some places, bright glowing blue light is used, which can flicker and be blinding. 
  • Digital Foam Bathing: Slowly changing light

Sound
The following about the sound only applies to the performances on 26 May at 6pm and 27 May at 2pm:

  • The performance often uses soft delicate sounds. Therefore, the use of headphones is recommended. Alternatively, you may use internal or external speakers.
  • Ecosexual Treatment: Quiet sounds of voices and rustling leaves and grasses.
  • Digital Puppy Play: The performer's voice and dog sounds such as barking, panting and eating are heard.
  • Underwarter World: Bubbling sounds and slowly changing coloured light.
  • Bloody Body Splatter Anger: Depending on how the fruit and vegetables are treated, louder sounds can be heard (chopping with a knife on a wooden board, hammer hitting a wooden board). Towards the end of the treatment, the performers loudly and audibly eat. The performers stuff the cut, mashed fruit and vegetables into their mouths with their hands, chew and swallow them while they speak.
  • Digital Foam Bathing: Splashing, bubbling and water sounds.

Audience

  • At the beginning of the performance, all participants are asked to mute themselves in Zoom so that even the quiet sounds in the performance can be heard.
  • Digital Puppy Play: Perhaps some names are called out from the audience and addressed as dogs.
  • Bloody Body Splatter Anger: The audience is asked to imagine situations in which they have been angry. Perhaps individual persons in the audience are addressed by name. However, there are no interactions with these people.

Relaxed Performance

  • There will be a short introduction to Zoom at the beginning of the Zoom session. The production team will make every effort to help with any technical problems.
  • You can make yourself as comfortable as possible during the performance. Take your favourite cushion, find a comfortable position in front of the screen. You may also have some snacks or drinks prepared.
  • You can always take breaks, move around during the performance or use stimming toys.
  • All forms of attention are welcome!
  • The performers are happy if you turn on your camera. However, participation without a camera is also possible and perfectly ok.

Tickets+Access

  • Tickets can only be purchased via the online ticket shop.
  • Advance sales end 1 hour before the start of each performance.
  • The personalised zoom link to the show is on the ticket.
  • You will also receive a reminder email from Sophiensaele Ticketing before the performance. This email will also contain your personalised Zoom link.

You can also find more information about accessibility here.

ARTISTIC DIRECTION, PERFORMANCE Neo Hülcker DRAMATURGY Rahel Spöhrer PERFORMANCE Neo Hülcker, Athena Lange, Valerie Renay, Armin Wieser STAGE, COSTUME, Set Design Lisa Fütterer CONSULTATION AESTHETIC ACCESS FOR BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED AUDIENCE Sophia Neises SOUND Carola Caggiano VIDEO, PHOTO DIRECTION Ranav Adhikari VIDEO Zoe Kahlert OUTSIDE EYE Eyk Kauly OUTSIDE EARS Melanie Hambrecht, Silja Korn PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Katja Kettner MEDIA TECHNOLOGY PARTNER Boiling Head

A production by Neo Hülcker in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE within the frame of Leisure & Pleasure, supported by the Capital Cultural Fund. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung. 

NEO HÜLCKER is a composer* and performer*. His* works move between music theater and performance and deal with digital practices, childhood, animal-human relationships, queer agency and cultural hacking. Neo Hülcker has collaborated with, among others, mam. Manufaktur für aktuelle Musik, Ensemble Garage, MOCREP, Bastard Assignments, Maulwerker, decoder ensemble, we spoke, paranormal φeer group, Henry Wilde aka Antonia Baehr, Stellan Veloce.

As a stage and costume designer, LISA FÜTTERER is primarily concerned with the theatrical staging of new and experimental music. Her work has been seen at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Staatschauspiel Dresden, the Gare du Nord Basel, the Staatstheater Mainz, the Radialsystem V and the Staatstheater Braunschweig. Recently, she has been working together with musicians and composers on spaces and objects that can be played as instruments in a broader sense.

RAHEL SPÖHRER is a dramaturg, lecturer and curator working at the intersection of theater, performance and visual arts. In her dramaturgical and curatorial work she is interested in points of contact, intimate relations and haptic aesthetics. On this topic, she conceived the 2021 event series h a p t i c a f f i n i t i e s – an online study group on touch and intimacy in the arts – together with Belle Santos, Anneliese Ostertag and Sofie Luckhardt. She is co-founder of the performance group THE AGENCY.

VALERIE RENAY is a French-Caribbean performer and musician who has lived in Berlin since 2006 and continues to cross genre boundaries. Valerie Renay deals with concepts such as identity, our place in society, our spiritual quest and everyday psychosis. In her works she combines performance art, music and fashion in a fascinating way and puts the emotional body in the center.

ATHENA LANGE lives and works as an actress and artist in Berlin. She was a permanent ensemble member of the Leipziger Ensemble until 2016, performed for the German Deaf Theater and Possible World Berlin. At the Staatstheater Hannover, she took on the lead role in the play Die Wut, die uns vereint from 2019. Since 2021, she embodies Isa from Wolfgang Herrndorf's novel Bilder deiner großen Liebe at the Societätstheater in Dresden. Her engagements also include performances at Sophiensæle Berlin as well as Kampnagel Hamburg, where she works with renowned artists from all over Germany and Europe.

ARMIN WIESER is an actor living in Berlin. Raised in Austria, he studied acting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and was a member of the dance theater ensemble at the Bremen Theater in the 1980s and a member of the Company Vivienne Newport, Frankfurt/M. in the 1990s. Armin Wieser has been working freelance since 1989 in productions at Sophiensæle Berlin, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Gorki Berlin, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Kampnagel Hamburg, Frascati Amsterdam, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Staatstheater Dresden and since 2009 continuously with Herbordt/Mohren in Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Donaueschingen.

CAROLA CAGGIANO is a sound designer living in Berlin. For more than 20 years she has studied guitar, cello, piano, singing as well as solfège, harmony and sound. She has been working professionally in theaters since 2010. Recently, she has collaborated with artists such as Juan Domínguez, Antonia Baehr, Neo Hülcker, Nadia Lauro, Latifa Laâbissi, Jule Flierl and the music theater collective Hauen und Stechen, among others.

  • Eine Figur von einem Hund, der goldig erwartungsvoll guckt, am linken Bildrand. Mit dem Maul hält er ein rotes Schild in der Form eines Herzen.
    © Neo Hülcker
  • Ein Käfer liegt im Moos gesäumt von zwei Blumen. Sein Geweih schmücken Strasssteinchen.
    © Neo Hülcker
  • Eine Figur von einem Hund, der goldig erwartungsvoll guckt. Mit den Maul hält er ein rotes Schild in der Form eines Herzen. Er sitzt zwischen Moos und Blumen. Hinter ihm Gräser in glühendem Licht.
    © Neo Hülcker
  • Zwei Spielzeugdinos planschen in grün leuchtendem  Schaum.
    © Neo Hülcker
  • EIn Spielzeugdino guckt mit Badeschaum bedeckt in die Kamera. Hinter ihm schäumt unscharf das grün leuchtende Wasser.
    © Neo Hülcker
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