We are very pleased to announce that from July 2020 Mateusz Szymanówka will take over the position of the dance dramaturg at Sophiensæle and artistic director of the Tanztage Berlin. Mateusz Szymanówka was selected by an independent advisory board consisting of Prof. Nik Haffner (Artistic Director of the Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin), Dr Pirkko Husemann (artistic director Schwankhalle Bremen), Olivia Hyunsin Kim (choreographer), Sebastian Matthias (choreographer) and the management team of Sophiensæle. Congratulations!
Mateusz Szymanówka (b. 1988) is a dramaturg and curator who specializes in contemporary performance, dance and choreography. He studied cultural studies, theatre studies and dance studies in Warsaw and Berlin. He collaborated with the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, Art Stations Foundation in Poznań, Performing Arts Festival and HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. He also curated three editions of Studio Dance Stage (STS) organised by Studio Theatre and the Institute of Music and Dance. He also collaborates with the queer festival POMADA in Warsaw.
As a dramaturg, he co-created the works of the young generation of Polish and German choreographers and performers, whose artistic practice is rooted in feminist and queer theories. Among Polish artists, Szymanówka worked with Przemek Kamiński, Ramona Nagabczyńska, Anna Nowak, Anna Nowicka, Paweł Sakowicz, Agata Siniarska and Marta Ziółek.
The Sophiensæle was founded in 1996 by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig, along with Jo Fabian und Dirk Cieslak. Today, the Sophiensæle is one of the most important locations for independent art-production in Germany. Artists from all kinds of fields – theatre, dance, performance, music, visual arts – from Berlin, as well as the national and international theatre-scene, are invited to produce and present their works here.
Tanztage Berlin is a festival organised by Sophiensæle. The festival focuses on discovering, promoting and presenting young choreographers from Berlin. The programme consists mainly of premieres and the first presentations of new performances. During the festival, young artists have the opportunity to promote and further develop their work.