Sophienstrasse 18
10178 Berlin-Mitte

Xenia Koghilaki: KOPANIMA – Sophiensæle | Independent Theater in Berlin

Saison 24/25

Xenia Koghilaki:

Xenia Koghilaki _KOPANIMA_©Mayra Wallraff - low resolution-107
Xenia Koghilaki:
Duration: 45 Min.
No language

Moshing is a hardcore dance practice in which bodies push and slam into each other. In her new group work Xenia Koghilaki focuses on the forces, physical dynamics and embodied energies between collectively moving bodies. KOPANIMA transforms the movements and gestures from the mosh-pit into a staged echo, raising questions about physicality, vulnerability, and resistance - and at the same time reveals gestures of trust and solidarity. In this performance the concert crowd stands for a place of collective struggle and a ritualized form of social cooperation. The audience is immersed in an ambivalent feeling of togetherness and sensory stimulation.

Following Bang Bang Bodies, which premiered as part of Tanztage Berlin 2023, and Slamming (produced by Onassis Stegi), KOPANIMA is the third part of an ongoing performance series in which Xenia Koghilaki uses dance and choreography to explore the relationship between the subcultural practices of moshing and those of collective discharge in the crowd.

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).



  • Circa 45 minutes



  • No language



  • The Stage area is on floor level



  • Stroboscopic effects are used
  • There are quick changes between light and dark segments



  • The music is loud
  • Lound and repetitive sound elements are used
  • Live e guitar is played in some segments



  • The atmosphere is very intense, there are some dark segments with very loud music


Other effects

  • Stage fog is used


Audience area

  • The audience is seated on two sides of the floor level stage
  • 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.

Concept, choreography, performance: Xenia Koghilaki
Performance: Noumissa Sidibé, Irini Georgiou, Julia Plawgo
Music Composition: Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos
Lighting design: Vito Walter
Choreographic assistance, dramaturgical support: André Uerba
Costume design: antistatic_studio (Instagram)
Outside eye: Nondas Damopoulos
Production management: Marina Agathangelidou

A production by Xenia Koghilaki in co-production with Sophiensæle and Onassis Stegi. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin. Media partners: Siegessäule, taz.

Xenia Koghilaki is originally from Athens and lives and works in Berlin in the field of performing arts as a dancer and choreographer. She is a graduate of the National School of Dance of Greece, the Architecture Department of the University of Patras and holds an MA in “Solo/Dance/Authorship” from HZT Berlin. Koghilaki puts the body in the center of her interest, while her practice engages with issues of re-examining the moving body’s aesthetic, political and social aspects. Her work has been presented at Tanztage Berlin, Onassis Dance Days, Onassis New Choreographers Festival, Arc for Dance Festival and K-Gold Temporary Gallery, among others. As a dancer, she has worked with Kat Válastur, the Chto Delat Collective and the Hellenic Dance Company among others. Koghilaki is a Danceweb scholarship holder and she has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS in 2022.

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