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Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim:
Baby, I’m Sick Tonight

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim:
Baby, I’m Sick Tonight
Duration: 1h 30 Min.
German, English with German and English surtitles

Sunday, 28.04.2024 | Performance with German audio description. The preceding tactile tour takes place from 17:00 to 17:30. 

All performances with  interpretation of spoken language in German Sign Language.

All performances take place as Relaxed Performances.

From the perspective of a queer woman of color with chronic illness, Olivia Hyunsin Kim experiments with the format of stand-up comedy. In collaboration with other chronically ill artists, she is looking for forms of self-empowering humor.

Current discourses critical of capitalism often depict people with chronic illnesses in a romanticized or simplified way. They are read as resistant bodies that counteract capitalism – for example through different temporalities or failure of expected productivity – while aspects such as constant pain or the necessity of crip time, for example, are ignored.

Together with her team, Olivia Hyunsin Kim uses dance and narrative to counter stigmatization and prejudice against artists with invisible disabilities or people who are falsely read as healthy. The artists use the means of stand-up, pop and performance in a radically unruly and humorous way to connect the cultural history of hysteria, today's treatment of sick female queer people and the body images of the contemporary dance scene, among other things.

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).



  • ca. 90 minutes



  • German and English spoken language
  • Interpretation of spoken language in German Sign Language
  • Surtitles in German and English written language


Audio description

  • The performance on 28 April will take place with German audio description.
  • The preceding tactile tour takes place at 7 pm. The meeting point for the tactile tours is in front of the box office in the courtyard.
  • You can find more information about audio descriptions and pick-up service at Sophiensaele here.



  • Inflatable elements
  • Display of videos using projections and screens with some fast cut sequences
  • Fog machines are used



  • The audience is illuminated by colored light at certain points in the play
  • No flashing lights, strobe effects or spotlights directed into the audience are used



  • Some sounds are played at low frequencies (not below 40hz)
  • A choir will sing live on stage
  • Sounds and music will be physically and haptically perceptible



  • The audience is addressed directly in the comedy scenes
  • There is no obligation to respond when directly adressed


Other effects

  • Foam with a soap-like odor is used


Audience area

  • Seated grandstand
  • 5 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability


Relaxed Performance

  • All performances take place as Relaxed Performances.


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.


Content Note

  • The play addresses chronic illnesses, death, violence, experiences of violence in medical contexts, experiences of discrimination

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

Choreography, performance: Olivia Hyunsin Kim
Costume, stage: Kristin Gerwien
Sound environment: Martyna Poznańska
Video, lights: Jones Seitz
Technical direction: Gefährliche Arbeit
Dramaturgy: Marielle Schavan
Access consulting: Hyemi Jolee
Production management: ehrliche arbeit - freelance cultural office
Stage and production assistance: Luca Plaumann
Light foam object: Susana Alonso und Jones Seitz
Graphic design: Christian Cattelan
Hysterischer Chor: Dornika Kazerani, Yvonne Sembene, Jill B. Suffner
Interpretation in DGS (German sign language): Hyemi Jolee und Aniella Tiedje
Audio description in tandem: Swantje Henke und Gerald Pirner 

A production by ddanddarakim in coproduction with Sophiensæle. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Media partners: Siegessäule and taz

Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim work collectively on choreographic works with a queerfeminist and postcolonial focus. Through fiction, they renegotiate power relations and offer empowering alternatives to the present. Their works have been shown at Sophiensæle, Art Sonje Center, Staatsoper Hannover and Museo Universitario del Chopo, among others. The permanent team consists of Kristin Gerwien, Olivia Hyunsin Kim and Jones Seitz. Gerwien makes costumes and objects for performances and explores songwriting and karaoke as a singer. She also curates exciting music with Juckpulver as co-director at TNT Marburg. Olivia Hyunsin Kim works as a choreographer and curator. She was a scholarship holder of danceweb, the Tarabya Cultural Academy, Vila Sul Bahia and won 1st place in the Amadeu Antonio Art Prize in 2019. Jones Seitz develops the lighting and video design for their own installations and performance projects and is a founding member of the FLINTA+ network Gefährliche Arbeit e.V.

Marielle Schavan studied Creative Writing and Cultural Journalism as well as The Production of the Arts and Media at the University of Hildesheim. She conducts artistic research on topics such as self-presentation on the Internet and the media and social representation of menstrual pain. She is a founding member of the theater collective Henrike Iglesias, with whom she has developed numerous performances since 2012 and has shown them both nationally and internationally. Schavan works in various group constellations as an author, performer, dramaturge and curator on independent theater projects and discourse formats.

ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro has been a production office for the independent performing arts since 2006. ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro is a platform and infrastructure for independent projects, combining concept and project development with project management and production management, dramaturgy, press and public relations work, curation, editing, text work and translations. It works in Berlin and internationally with individual artists, temporary project groups, permanent ensembles, collectives, institutions, festivals and program series. ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro is a collective without hierarchies and salary levels.

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