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10178 Berlin-Mitte

Simone Dede Ayivi und Kompliz*innen: Unauthorized und Unverschämt | Feb 09-12 | Sophiensæle – Sophiensæle | Independent Theater in Berlin

Saison 24/25

Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen:
Unauthorized und Unverschämt

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Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen:
Unauthorized und Unverschämt
Auf Deutsch - in German


The installation Unauthorized und Unverschämt looks at German history from a Black perspective: We take a look at the post-war period and then move forward to the beginnings of the more recent Black movement. We examine biographies of those who were born to Black US soldiers and white German mothers in the post-war years.

We have interviewed a generation and met wonderful people who talk about their upbringing, their struggles and the realities of Afro-German life. Their stories are accompanied and shaped by exclusion and official racism in the Federal Republic. But they are also, and above all, stories of resistance and community building.

Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen go into the archives and shed light on the racism and sexism of the FRG – which is also responsible for families being separated and children being taken away from their mothers, adopted to the USA or placed in care homes. In Mannheim, Frankfurt a. M. and Berlin Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen explore how society dealt with the so-called “occupation children” and look for traces left behind in official files. Because in order to understand current debates about identity and racism within and outside of Black communities in Germany, we also need to know this part of our history.

The premiere is a start. Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen are bringing the status of their research and excerpts from conversations to the stage as a walk-in installation to celebrate moments of disruption in the German Republic together with their audience.

The information on accessibility is still in progress and will be updated as soon as possible. If any questions remain unanswered until then, please feel free to contact the communications department at or 030 27 89 00 35 from 2 January 2024. 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).


  • German spoken language
  • German written language as part of projections


  • The lighting situation varies.
  • In the installation area, direct spotlights are directed at the audience.
  • Two traffic lights are used on the stage. One traffic light shines in the classic colours (green, yellow, red), the other traffic light shines in other colours.
  • Two beamers are used to project image, video and written material onto two different monitors in the room (one larger and one smaller monitor).


  • The sound is transmitted via radio signal through wireless headphones.
  • The volume can be adjusted individually.
  • Maybe sound from the room is used in addition to the sound from the headphones.

Other effects

  • Projections are used. The projections contain the following visual material: archive material, photo collages, classic interview material, animated video and possibly more abstract video material.

Audience area

  • 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability
  • The audience can move through the room on a self-chosen way. In the centre of the room is a carpet of artificial lawn that does not need to be crossed to move through the room.
  • The focus of the installation is not frontal. To experience all visual displays, it may be necessary to move around the room.

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.


Cocept, Text: Simone Dede Ayivi
Stage: Mirjam Pleines
Video: Jones Seitz
Composition, sound: Johannes Birlinger
Lighting: Frieder Miller
Press and public relations: Sarah Rosenau
Production assistance: Charlotte Rosengarth
Design assistance: Luca Plauman
Production management: ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro
Technical management: Gefährliche Arbeit

A production by Simone Dede Ayivi & Kompliz*innen in co-production with Sophiensæle and the Stadtensemble of the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.

Media partners: 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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