Der Stand der Dinge 12 March 2020
Wir stellen den Spielbetrieb bis 19.04. ein!
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Yui Kawaguchi MUGEN
An equal team of artists with and without learning disabilities restage three key choreographic works of the 20th century and claim their long overdue place in dance history.
The feminist-satirical late-night show by Anne Haug and Melanie Schmidli! The two fucktresses have brought two bizarre gifts with them: themselves. Cometh and learn!
A new star has been born in Italo-Pop heaven: PARANOIA GODARD - that is the German actor Godehard Giese and the Italian musician and producer Marco Brosolo. As record release of their debut album CONCEZIONE they invite to an antiparanoid concert evening.
In humorously exaggerated amateur and rock star poses Melanie Jame Wolf, joined by Sheena McGrandles and Rodrigo Garcia Alves, critically explores the potency of a popularly shared poetic and its commercial exploitation.
A guided tour about the eventful history of the Sophiensæle from its construction in 1904/05 to the present day.
Kieze Gegen Rechts is about local civil society engagement against right-wing extremism. We invite initiatives and activists who set a good example.
Four deaf performers have joined forces to collectively work on their first piece: A musical!
Müller/Rinnert merge the music of the revue Im Weißen Rösslwith a New York expat-adaptation by Jimmy Berg: A multimedial evening about Jewish-German refugee experience, lost entertainment history and the dazzling (re)discovery of Heimat.
In a performative audio walk, hannsjana explore the East-West dialogue in Berlin's urban space as a border-crossing pack of bears.
30 years after the reunification, Tanja Krone asks her family, teachers and school friends about their everyday life during the time of reunification and takes the answers on stage!
In his dance solo, Léonard Engel precisely and humorously uses a series of deceptive strategies that are doomed to fail and instead put the body at the center of attention.
In a one-hour (physical) introduction before the show, the participants playfully and practically approach the movement material of the upcoming dance piece How to get rid of a body.
Theater, dance, performance and much more – discover performing arts made in Berlin!
Information and offers for people with sensory and physical impairments
Feedback talks after the performance with wine and savory snacks
Regular guided tours through Sophiensæle
Introductions, workshops, seminars and offers for schools
Lectures, discussions, readings, panels, etc.
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. In addition, the Sophiensæle is organiser and host of the Tanztage Berlin, and other annually changing festivals and programmes with specific focuses, as well as being a venue for the renowned Berlin festival Tanz im August. In cooperation with brut Vienna, FFT Düsseldorf, Gessnerallee Zurich, Schwankhalle Bremen and Theater Rampe Stuttgart, the Sophiensæle also form the production platform Freischwimmen. Since 2018, the platform has been reconstituting itself in a new and different constellation as an international exchange and production platform for young groups and artists in theatre and performance.
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.