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DIE KUNST, VIELE ZU BLEIBEN Tag 2

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With DIE ART, MANY TO STAY, the Performing Arts Fund, together with partners from the field of independent performing arts, is implementing forums at nine stations nationwide - with performance, action and debate in a variety of gatherings for art, freedom and democracy.


The aim is to face what is probably the most pressing task of the present in a multi-voiced exchange: the art of remaining many.


The two days in the Sophiensælen and the Chamäleon Theater are dedicated to different forms of resistance against the law, hatred and discrimination.


On the second day, the forum focuses on perspectives on international resistance practices, including Turkey (Zeyno Pekünlü, Göksu Kunak), Hungary (András Dömötör) and Poland (Jan Sowa).


On both evenings there will also be two guest performances in the Sophiensælen: The Last Supper by MEXA from São Paulo and Bitter Fields by les dramaturx from Bitterfeld, which will also make different forms of solidarity an aesthetic experience.


And the Chameleon Theater invites you to a showdown by the circus company Upswing characterized by UK hip hop, grime, afrobeat and spoken word.



Saturday, June 22, 2024


10:30 – 11:30
Artistic impulse & keynote with Q&A monologue by András Dömötör, played by Aram Tafreshian


“Battered but not yet completely silenced”


Keynote by Zeyno Pekünlü


The political scene in Turkey has been extremely unpredictable and unstable over the past decade. Due to the lack of state support for the arts, almost all major art institutions are founded and run by wealthy entrepreneurial dynasties, allowing the establishment of contemporary art production seemingly independent of the ideological and material domination of the state.


The relationship between the state, the institutions and the cultural workers is uniquely tense due to this structure.


The lecture will focus on areas of friction and conflict between these different actors over the last decade and describe the complex alliances and various strategies for fighting back.


Location: Ballroom (Sophiensæle)


Language: English





11:45 – 1:15 p.m
Work phase I: Workshops & discourse formats Knowledge: “FREESZFE movement”


Staged reading by Zsófia Tóth and Bernát Gloviczki


Conversation with Mihály Csernai and András Dömötör, text: András Dömötör, Dóra Molnár


Two acting students present fragments from their diaries visualized with videos and photos, chronicles of the occupation of the Budapest Theater Academy in 2020. The academy was threatened with the withdrawal of its autonomy by the Hungarian government. Followed by a conversation with the leader and main organizer of the occupation, Mihály Csernai.


A cooperation with the Katona Theater Budapest


Location: Ballroom (Sophiensæle)


Language: English


1:15-2:15 p.m. lunch break together in the Chameleon


Alliances: “Battered but not yet completely silenced


”Working Session by Zeyno Pekünlü


The working session aims to discuss and collaboratively develop the complex structures of local and global events and political struggles in order to reveal the invisible connections between disconnected collectives and organizations and to create a shared environment in which they can develop further.


The session is a proposal to discuss the cycle of alliances and moments of solidarity within their specific histories, not to melancholy remember them, but to rethink their emancipatory potential.


Location: Canteen (Sophiensæle)


Language: English


1:15-2:15 p.m. lunch break together in the Chameleon


Knowledge: Antiracism Rider, Part 1 (AT) with Vicki Dela Amedume (UPSWING)


Location: The Cave (Chameleon Theater) tbc


Language: English


1:15-2:15 p.m. lunch break together in the Chameleon Theater



2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m


Political Power as Commons – The Rediscovery of Polish “Solidarity” (Solidarność)


Keynote speech by Jan Sowa


The emergence of Solidarity (Solidarność) in Poland in the early 1980s - a huge trade union with 10 million members - shook the foundations of the Soviet bloc.


However, “Solidarity” wanted more than just a simple transformation of post-Bolshevik regimes into parliamentary democracies. It aspired to what even today appears to be a radical political program: the idea of "commoning" - the struggle of people to place the basic resources and mechanisms of social life under their direct democratic control - and the creation of a real " community".


The talk will address the rediscovery of the radical legacy of “Solidarity” and reframe it in contemporary conceptual terms of the “Commons.”

Location: Canteen (Sophiensæle)


Language: English


1:15-2:15 p.m. lunch break together in the Chameleon


Knowledge: Antiracism Rider, Part 1 (AT) with Vicki Dela Amedume (UPSWING)






Location: The Cave (Chameleon Theater) tbc


Language: English


1:15-2:15 p.m. lunch break together in the Chameleon Theater



2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m


Political Power as Commons – The Rediscovery of Polish “Solidarity” (Solidarność)


Keynote speech by Jan Sowa


The emergence of Solidarity (Solidarność) in Poland in the early 1980s - a huge trade union with 10 million members - shook the foundations of the Soviet bloc.


However, “Solidarity” wanted more than just a simple transformation of post-Bolshevik regimes into parliamentary democracies. It aspired to what even today appears to be a radical political program: the idea of "commoning" - the struggle of people to place the basic resources and mechanisms of social life under their direct democratic control - and the creation of a real " community".


The talk will address the rediscovery of the radical legacy of “Solidarity” and reframe it in contemporary conceptual terms of the “Commons.”


Location: Ballroom (Sophiensæle)


Language: English




3:45 p.m. Coffee break (Sophiensæle)


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Working phase II: Workshops & discourse formats Practice: “AJAIB - A Working Session about Camouflage and Self-censorship”


Working session with Göksu Kunak


Ajaib is a working session that explores the concepts of camouflage and self-censorship. The concept of Taqiyya in Islam is at the heart of a deeper exploration of camouflage: a kind of hyper-camouflage in the sense of merging with a figure and camouflage as protection.


Location: Wedding hall (Sophiensæle)


Language: English




Practice: “Colonastics” - Training LectureTraining Lecture with Joana Tischkau (Performance), Elli Hampe (Performance), Frieder Blume (Sound)


Colonastics is a fitness workout that explores the social construction of whiteness. It creates a blueprint of white male embodiment to illuminate the colonial and neo-colonial practices of the fitness industry that produce and shape our bodies and therefore our ideologies.


A co-production by Sophiensæle as part of the Leisure & Pleasure Festival


Comfortable clothing is recommended.


Location: Canteen (Sophiensæle)




Knowledge: Antiracism Rider, Part 2 (AT) with Vicki Dela Amedume (UPSWING)




Location: The Cave (Chameleon Theater)


Language: English


  5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Possibility of dinner at the Sophiensælen


7:00 p.m. “Bitter Fields” performance by les dramaturx


Bitter Fields is an activist research revue made up of ¾ white spots, ⅝ dramatic trains of thought and 100% flashes of insight. The performance collective les dramaturx wonders whether there is a connection between the rise of the political right and climate change, and they come to the bitter realization that they themselves are much more involved than they would like.


Location: Wedding hall (Sophiensæle)




8:00 p.m. “Showdown”


Talent show satire from Upswing & Chameleon Theater


A playful satire that asks questions about diversity, identity and competition, combining biting comedy with first-class acrobatics and entertainment. What happens when identity becomes a commodity? And how far are we willing to go for success? While everyone talks about survival of the fittest, “Showdown” looks for the path to survival and development through collaboration.


Location: Chameleon Theater


Language: English, German




  8:30 p.m. “The Last Supper”


Performance by MEXA


In the spirit of the Last Supper, the Brazilian collective MEXA invites you to a banquet performance about farewells. Between dishes and stories, the lives of the performers intertwine with religious motifs.
A festive and reflective evening about the obligation to tell the stories of those who cannot tell them - and an explosive moment of unification that renews the vow of solidarity.


Location: Ballroom (Sophiensæle)

Kalender

  • 22 Jun

    10:30 o'clock

Sophiensæle & Chamäleon Theater, Rosenthaler Straße 40-41, 10178 Berlin

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