GlobalEAR Arktis

GlobalEAR Arktis – Licht ins Dunkel
El Perro Andaluz & Arktisk Sinfonietta
March 4, 2018 | 19:30

New music from Dresden fused with the northernmost chamber orchestra in the world.

The ensemble for contemporary music El Perro Andaluz from Dresden, together with the Arktis Sinfonietta from Tromsø (Norway), the world’s northernmost chamber orchestra, present music from beyond the Arctic Circle. GlobalEAR Arktis – Licht ins Dunkel (light into dark) not only transgresses boundaries geographically but also stylistically. Bonds from classical music, jazz and rock suddenly hit on creaky avant-garde, jazz and rock sounds, live electronics on traditional folklore. Visual elements convey a picture of the breadth of the Arctic and the scurrility of dry Norwegian humor.

The evening is a unique opportunity to experience the incomparable musical language of the Nordic composers!

Music and videos by Steingrímur Rohloff, Rolf Wallin, Lars Skoglund, Kristine Tjøgersen and Helge Sund |

Helge Sund: Arctic Speed, performed by Arktisk Sinfonietta
Lars Skoglund: La Boutique Obscure, hommage à Georges Perec

Love you… not forever!

Love you … not forever!
By Granhøj Dans
A technological dance performance (World premiere)
March 7 and 8, 2018 | 20:00

Internationally acknowledged dance company Granhøj Dans from Denmark appears for the first time on a Berlin stage!

A young man explores the world of love through his smartphone and the boundaries of how bodily expressions are articulated and exposed in virtual reproduction.

Through the camera of his smartphone he observes four dancers involved in a love drama. These images and videos are projected live during the performance. The physical  life is set in contrast to the smartphones’ production of virtual life. The audiences’ involvement will therefore alternate between their experience of what happens in the drama between the four dancers, and the young observer’s experience of the same.
The man chooses a non-binding reproduction of bodily expressions and love over so called reality. He lives his life through his smartphone’s production of virtual life – a simulated life – using the smartphone for self- affirmation to create the identity and reality that he wants to be associated with. For some this identity would be the perfect twosomeness or lonley threesomeness……. can it end in loneliness for him?

The performance also explores the smartphone’s infiltration of all aspects of our lives highlighting the relationships between the private, intimate and public spheres which all glide into each other.

Granhøj Dans is an internationally acknowledged dance company that has its base in Denmark. The productions of Granhøj Dans are created by the company’s artistic director and choreographer Palle Granhøj, in close co-operation with the dancers. The starting point of every production is the Obstruction Technique developed by Palle Granhøj, and which has made possible the creation of about 25 original works the last 25 years.

Duration: app. 1 hour

With English surtitles

Choreography / Director Palle Granhøj Dancers Sophia Pintzou (Greece), Mikolaj Karczewski  (Poland), Laszlo Fulop (Hungary), Aron Leon Darabont (Hungary), Gabriella Bacsó (Hungary) Co-production partners Teater Nordkraft ( Aalborg, DK), Teaterøen ( København, DK), Tanec Praha/ PONEC ( Prag, CZ ) SPAM! rete per le arti contemporanee ( Lucca, IT )

Robar el día

Robar el día (Stiehl den Tag / To Steal the Day)
By New Verse Drama Ensemble
Theatre (World Premiere)
March 15, 16 and 17, 2018 | 20:00

Northern France, 1918. A seamstress prays that her husband receives a nonlethal wound so that he may be sent back home from the war. Her simple act of faith triggers a chain of fateful events involving her French husband, a teenage German soldier and his wounded lieutenant.
What does it mean to be a useless hero? A wife a gripped by forlorn desire? A cowardly lover of life? The last boy standing in the heart of no man’s land?

In Spanish verse that goes from the austere to the flamboyant and weaves action-packed drama with poignant lyricism, Mexican poet and director Alfredo Félix-Díaz conjures a war-torn landscape that seems spiritually possessed by the willful force of nature. Robar el día is a dramatic meditation on the clash between nature and technology which, a hundred years after the end of World War I, has become a crucial global dilemma.

In Spanish with German surtitles. English surtitles on March 16.

With Larissa Offner, Felipe Orobón, Jordi Robles, Jorge Alejandro Suárez, Alberto Wolf | Written and directed by Alfredo Félix-Díaz | Art Director Carmen Delait | Stage Design Ana Karen Orozco | Original songs by Matthieu Tanguay-Carel and Alfredo Félix-Díaz | Assistant Director Ángel Esmediche.

Produced by New Verse Drama Ensemble in co production with Tallercito and the Mexican Embassy in Germany.

RSB Chamber Concert

RSB Chamber Concert
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
March 22, 2018 | 19:30


This concert is for the fun of it! Dániel Ember, solo horn player of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, has put together a colorful, entertaining program together with many colleagues from the 2017/2018 orchestra.

Naturally, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s eponymous “Ein Musikalischer Spaß” – sextet for two violins, viola, double bass and two horns should not be missed, among others such as Luciano Berio’s “Call” (St. Louis Fanfare) for brass quintet Kerry Turner’s “Casbah of Tetouan” for five horns, Paul Hindemiths Overture to the “Flying Dutchman” – as played at sight by a second-rate concert orchestra at the village well at 7 o’clock in the morning – Leonard Bernstein’s “Dance Suite” for Brass Quintet and Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone.

The concert will be recorded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Florian Dörpholz / trumpet| Patrik Hofer / trumpet| Edgar Manyak / trombone| Georg Schwark / tuba | Dániel Ember / horn | Anne Mentzen / horn |Ingo Klinkhammer / horn | Uwe Holjewilken / horn | Frank Stephan / horn | Juliane Manyak / viola Rodrigo Bauzá / viola| Lydia Rinecker / Viola | Georg Boge / violoncello| Axel Buschmann / double bass

Presented by tip Berlin. A concert with Deutschlandfunk.

The Einstein of Sex

The Einstein of Sex
Livingstones Kabinet & Schwanzen Sängerknaben
Musical Performance
April 5-7, 2018 | 20:00

As part of the program to mark the 150th anniversary of Magnus Hirschfeld, the Copenhagen-based theater company Livingstones Kabinet and the well-known Danish queer vocal group Schwanzen Sängerknaben present the critically acclaimed music theater piece The Einstein of Sex.

The Einstein of Sex is a through-composed musical performance-lecture; a new polemic about human sexuality, gender and how we deal with these concepts. The show moves freely between styles and genres, with richly dark humour and a formal theatrical style to explore the nature of sexual intolerance and homophobia. The visual language draws on Hirschfeld’s bizarre collection of photographs and illustrations. The sexual atmosphere of Weimar Berlin is contrasted with present-day attitudes to sexuality.

The show also tells the story of sexologist/queer rights campaigner Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935), who founded the ‘Institut für Sexualwissenschaft’ in Berlin in 1919 and was known in the US press as ”The Einstein of Sex”. A group of freethinkers meets at Hirschfeld’s institute and fights for sexual freedom and the rights of homosexuals at the end of the 19th century. As early as 1897, the institute advocated the suspension of anti-gay criminal laws. Today, Magnus Hirschfeld is worshiped as a forerunner of the rights of the LGBT community.

“epic…a jewel…” (Politiken)
“a triumph” (CPH Culture)
“a performance at the highest, most ingenious international level” (Information)

A collaboration with the authors Sven Omann (aka Wanda Liszt) and Bent Jacobsen of the Schwanzen Sängerknaben.

Artistic Director: Nina Kareis | Composer/Writer: Pete Livingstone | Set design: Dorte Holbek | Choreography: Adelaide Bentzon | Sound design: Erik Christoffersen | On stage: Amia Miang, Pete Livingstone, Nina Kareis, Ole Håndsbæk Christensen, Brian Grønbæk, Bent Jacobsen, Molly Kareis Livingstone


Freiheit (Freedom)
Theatre | World Premiere | German & Arabic with English surtitles
April 13-15, 2018 | 20:00

A search for the terms and possibilities of freedom, by and with Syrians living in Berlin.

While the western world finds itself in a historical crisis and the spread of anti-liberalism is on the rise, many asylum seekers perceive the confrontation with their hoped-for freedom in Germany as too much, disappointment or even as prison.

What exactly are we looking for, when we search for freedom? What do I need to create and maintain freedom? How closely related are loneliness and freedom?

FREIHEIT creates a theatrical and musical space though a joint artistic examination of these questions and of the multitude of complex and sometimes contradictory perspectives. This space takes a look at the societal and individual pressure points and seeks to incite a new shared way of thinking about future possibilities of freedom.

FREEDOM has been developed directly from the realities faced by everyone involved and is a living expression of, as well as an intimate witness to the internal changes that occur during the process of integration for asylum seekers and for long time residents.

Ensemble: Alaa Naser, Arwa Azouz, Diana Kadah, Hares Alraad, Mohammad Ali, Mohamad Muzayek, Ramadan Hamoud, Zakaria Mohammadia | Artistic Director: Magdalena Scharler | Komposition / Sound Design: Simon Detel | Set design Anne-Simone Vogt | Costum Design: Alina Völker | Video Design: Valentin Brotbek | Cut: Sascha Gerlach | Technic: Gordon Dyballa | Assistance to the director: Fiorina Brotbek | Support: Muhamad Nanaa, Zena El Abdullah

A production of syn:format e.V. in collaboration with Bürgerstiftung Berlin, ufaFabrik Berlin, Michael Tschechow Studio Berlin.

Supported by Stiftung ErlebnisKunst, Stiftung Pfefferwerk, Stiftung Evidenz.

La Traviata

La Traviata
Puccini’s Toaster
April 20, 2018 |19:30
April 22, 2018| 17:00

La Traviata (Die Kameliendame) originally composed by Giuseppe Verdi is the most-performed opera in the entire repertoire –and the fourth of Puccini’s Toaster’s innovative productions at Theater im Delphi.

The boasts Verdi’s glorious music throughout the raucous party scenes and high-stakes gambling, to the intimate scenes of self-sacrifice and mortality. Violetta is at the heart of the piece: a terminally ill courtesan who is asked to make the sacrifice of renouncing her love for Alfredo. The opera poses the question: how much further will this fallen woman be made to fall?

Puccini’s Toaster bring their signature style: a classic repertoire piece newly conceived and interpreted, with the performers and the space at the heart of this conception and the audience immersed in the action of the piece. A casual opera-going atmosphere – the bar stays open! – and musicianship of the highest quality: the inaugural performance of the newly established Kreuzberg Kamerata, and a cast of international Berlin-based soloists.

USA 1982 Koyaanisqatsi

USA 1982 Koyaanisqatsi
Silent Movie – Concert
May 4, 2018 | 20:00

USA 1982. Koyaanisqatsi. Or the ambitious meeting between a legendary, civilization questioning American movie and the intense, powerful as well as touching and fragile music of Brussels-based post-rock quartet WE STOOD LIKE KINGS, inspired by the likes of Pink Floyd, Chopin and Mogwai. With their previous releases BERLIN 1927 (Symphony of a Great City – Walter Ruttmann) and USSR 1926 (A Sixth Part of the World – Dziga Vertov) and after more than 200 concerts in 15 countries, the four young musicians have now become a reference in their field on the European scene. They will present their latest soundtrack USA 1982. A mind-blowing experience that appeals to all your senses. Duration: 85 min.

Judith Hoorens, piano – Philip Bolten, guitar – Colin Delloye, bass – Mathieu Waterkeyn, drums


von Simo Vassinen
Performance | World Premiere
May 5, 2018 | 20: 00

Exactly one week before this year’s Eurovision main event, Simo Vassinen’s one-man cabaret travels back in time to the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest. Broadcasted live from the Cinecittà film studios in Rome during the last echoes of the Cold War, the evening brought 22 nations on stage to sing songs of freedom, a dream that shall not die, and thunderstorms. This multidisciplinary performance shares the story of a train travel from Paris to Belgrade where Finnish journalist and performance artist Simo Vassinen looked for clues about European identities – ending up in the kitchen of the French Eurovision participant Amina Annabi and hunting around Serbia for Baby Doll, the last Eurovision performer of Yugoslavia. An homage to the cabaret past and the atmosphere of the historical silent film theatre.

CINECITTÀ receives funding by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Concept & Performance: Simo Vassinen |Soundscapes: Islaja | Video Design: Natalia Sookias | Piano: Kelly Wyse | Styling: Tamara Dauenhauer