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December 17 | 17.00 Guided tour
Various Locations | 5 EURO

A guided tour about the eventful history of the Sophiensæle from its construction in 1904/05 to the present day.

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Lange / Kress / Mazza / Stymest VIER
Vier_c_Paul Sleev_HP
December 17 18 | 20.00 Musical
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

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Das große Kiezchortreffen #2
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December 19 | 19.00 Singalong
Festsaal | 10/7 EURO

Our musical Christmas treat celebrates another season!

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Lois Alexander Neptune
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January 08 | 19.00
January 10 | 20.30
Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

Lois Alexander uses water and its transformational qualities as points of departure to reflect on her position as a woman belonging to a minority.

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Sasha Amaya // Frida Giulia Franceschini Sarabande // Tricks for Gold (T4$)
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January 08 09 | 20.30 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

Sasha Amaya brings baroque dances into the present and investigates their similarities with contemporary dance // Tricks for Gold (T4$)  is a cynical fairy tale about the commodification of the female body in times of late capitalism.

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ZTB präsentiert: Incite! Dance!
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January 09 | 18.00 Austausch
Hochzeitssaal | Free Entrance

Departing from the experiences and struggles around the Dance for Millions of Reasons campaign, ZTB opens an interactive space in which strategies of protest, resistance and dissent will be tested.

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Caner Teker Kırkpınar
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January 10 11 | 19.00 Dance
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

Caner Teker creates new queer spaces by appropriating techniques of Turkish oil wrestling (Yağlı Güreş).

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JUCK JUCK
Linus Enlund_HP
January 11 12 | 20.30 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

„Juck" is Swedish and means thrust. Anarchic, joyful, riotous and explosive, six performers in school uniforms enter the stage and claim their own conditions for "femininity".

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Around the World
c_Kunal Vijaykar_HP
January 12 | 18.00
January 13 | 20.30
Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

This year Tanztage Berlin welcome the interdisciplinary art festival Gender Bender from Bangalore in South India as their guest and present a performance: An Evening of Lavani.

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Suvi Kemppainen + Josefine Mühle A Child Has Been Beaten
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January 13 14 | 19.00 Dance
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

Two performers disrupt the dualism of dominance and submission, confronting their viewers with intimacy and their own responsibility as an audience.

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Amirhossein Mashaherifard Aftermath
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January 14 15 | 20.30 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

With dance, language and sound, Aftermath tells of states of exception and their effects on the body.

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Maque Pereyra Solar Threshold
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January 16 17 | 19.00 Dance
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

By combining contemporary dance with ritual chanting, reggaeton and perreo, Maque Pereyra creates a decolonial dance practice that shatters conventional notions of sexuality and spirituality.

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Areli Moran La Postal de nuestra Existencia
Arelie Moran @Manon Siv Duquesnay_HP
January 16 | 20.30
January 18 | 19.00
Dance
Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 EURO

In an intimate exploration, Areli Moran examines the significance of hair as a repository of social norms, identity and desire.

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House of Living Colors Endangered Species
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January 17 18 | 20.30 Dance
Festsaal | 15/10 EURO

The drag collective House of Living Colors focuses on the climate crisis, showing that a diversity of identities is as essential for the survival of our society as is biodiversity for nature.

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Spice
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January 18 | 22.00 Party
Kantine | Free Entrance

With an uplifting show, House of Living Colors presents Spice to celebrate the perseverance and resilience of QTBIPoC (queer + trans Black, Indigenous, People of Color).

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Interrobang Philosophiermaschine
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January 23 24 25 26 | 19.00 Performance
Kantine | 15/10 EURO

Telephone conversations with philosophers of the 20th century.

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Vanessa Stern Auf der Suche nach der komischen Alten
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January 24 | 10.00 - 13.00 Theaterspielworkshop
Kantine | Free Entrance

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T4-Gedenkveranstaltung i can be your translator: Das Konzept bin ich
January 26 | 17.00 Performance
Festsaal | Free Entrance

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The Sophiensæle were founded in 1996 by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig, along with Jo Fabian und Dirk Cieslak (Lubricat), in the former building of the craftsman's association of Sophienstraße 18. 

From 2000 to 2007 Amelie Deuflhard took over as artistic director of the theatre, followed (until 2010) by Heike Albrecht. Since 2011 the artistic director of Sophiensæle is Franziska Werner.

Today, the Sophiensæle is one of the most important locations for German-speaking independent art-production. Artists from Berlin, as well as the national and international theatre-scene are invited to produce and present their works here. They are selected on the basis of their artistic concepts, contents, and working schemes.

The Sophiensæle is home to cultural discourse and a vast mix of artistic genres – from theatre, dance and music, to performance and visual art - which complement each other and enjoy a productive dialogue. Alongside many young artists such as Rose Beermann, Henrike Iglesias, Lwowski/Kronfoth Musiktheaterkollektiv, Markus&Markus, Lea Moro or Quast&Knoblich, searching for new theatrical languages and forms of expression, a number of established artists and companies have longstanding partnerships with the Sophiensæle. These include choreographers such as Clément Layes, Lea Martini, Sebastian Matthias, Martin Nachbar, Jochen Roller, Naoko Tanaka and Christoph Winkler and directors such as Thorsten Lensing, Johannes Müller + Philine Rinnert or Milo Rau/IIPM, and among others performance groups such as Burmester + Feigl, Lovefuckers, Monster Truck, Schmidli + Haug, Social Muscle Club and Turbo Pascal.

The Sophiensæle belongs to a network of internationally oriented, independent theatres. Other members include Kampnagel Hamburg, Mousonturm Frankfurt/Main, FFT Düsseldorf, Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zürich and brut Wien. Among others, the Sophiensæle are producer of Tanztage Berlin and Freischwimmer festival. Beyond that, a number of renowned festivals of Berlin take place here, amng others MaerzMusik and Tanz im August. Here is a place devoted to artists as much as the audience, where the face-to-face encounter between these groups is the essential goal.

The Sophiensæle’s architecture, walls and ceilings still reflect the site’s turbulent history and initial designation as a place for assembly, craftsman training and banquet. This special atmosphere creates unique conditions for artistic production and creative encounter. Through selected renovations in 2011, the work environment and convenience for artists and the audience have been considerably improved, while the traces of history within the building have been carefully preserved.

A MOTIVATOR AND PROMOTER

The promotion of young artists and innovative artistic forms of expression and content continues to be the main focus of our work. We support and encourage new impulses and concepts and strive to deepen already-existing partnerships in order to guide artists in their development. Through a network of artists, cultural stakeholders, and art locations of many genres we are able to further establish the Sophiensæle as a major player in the free theatre scene and a platform for current trends in the independent dance-, music-, theatre-, and performance scene of Berlin.

We continue the building’s tradition as a space for assembly. With a welcoming and open-minded spirit, the Sophiensaele promotes a broad examination of contemporary artistic content, aesthetic and positions and seeks a strong connection with artists as well as the audience. We invite artists to tie in their networks with their projects at the Sophiensæle, to communicate with other artists who work with us, and to see the Sophiensæle not only as a place to showcase their works, but also a place that they themselves can shape and develop with us.

CUTTING POINT

Working artistically means reflecting on one’s surroundings. In 1996 the Sophiensæle was born out of the spirit of a group of artists who sought an innovative center and professional infrastructure for independent theatre production. Our work ties in with this founding spirit – the Sophiensæle understands itself as a voice for independent theatre production in Berlin and supports the establishment of Berlin’s independent theatre scene both nationally and internationally. Similar efforts to further the projects of independent theatre groups have gained publicity and significance through the work of the Sophiensæle.

FORMATS + FESTIVALS

The development of innovative forms of expression, series, and festivals plays a large role at the Sophiensæle. The Tanztage Berlin and Freischwimmen platform, in particular, are central in the promotion of emerging young artists. In addition to that, we experiment with many more new forms of expression, festivals and series.

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