Sophia Stepf

@sophia.stepf

Artistic Director • Flinn Works • she/her

I devise performances, create frameworks for performances and curate performance festivals. I am interested in feminist and postcolonial issues on a global scale and believe in multiperspective approaches and collective creativity.

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Berlin Germany

www.flinnworks.de/en

@flinnworks

@flinnworks

Affiliations

Projects

Schlachtfeld Wald / Battlefield Forest

A performing arts project that brings scientists, activists, musicians and actors together. The forest is the protagonist. Climate change is the problem. Are wind wheels the solution in form of green energy? Or do we destroy valuable ancient forstes by building them? Are forests the greenest technology of all ? What differentiates a new from an old forest? How can me make the suffering of plants visible on the stage?

Flinn Works (Berlin)

Staatstheater Kassel, Germany

Because.

White Money

White Money White money flows from the arts funding bodies in Europe. It funds artists in the Global South or commissions work from artists in the Global South to be presented in the Global North. Often this white funding is an economic incentive to create or to perform work catered to the taste of the funders and curators, to present orientalist or exotic images of 'other' bodies and to re-shape or simplify complex content for a white audience. White money therefore shapes or reinforces inequalities and re-iterates racist and neo-colonial structures. Flinn Works, like all art professionals who work across the invisible borders of Global North and Global South are deeply entangled in this structure. With a group of six artists and curators from different parts of the world, the project sheds light on some hidden aspects of white money. Aderemi Adegbite invents and inaugurates the first Nigerian Cultural Institute of Yoruba Culture at Sophiensaele. Anuja Ghosalkar reflects in a performance on the complicated ethics and harsh economies of working as an artist in India. Rehema Chachage shreds a heap of rejected funding applications and manually transforms them into something radically new. Abhishek Thapar takes the audience on an intimate and speculative journey through their bank accounts, minds and hearts. Azade Shamiri’s lecture performance shows representations of the West in Iranian plays and poses questions of the past to the present. Nora Amin sheds light on the history of so called 'belly dance' in her solo and wrestles the dance from the exoticised and voyeuristic gaze to an empowered expression of the dancer. White Money as a project also seeks to stretch the boundaries of German funding regulations - by letting participants decide on how to spend the money. Because this project is also funded by white money. Created by: Aderemi Adegbite (Lagos), Nora Amin (Cairo/Berlin), Rehema Chachage (Dar es Salam/Vienna), Anuja Ghosalkar (Bangalore), Konradin Kunze (Berlin), Abhishek Thapar (Amsterdam/Moga), Azade Shahmiri (Tehran), Sophia Stepf (Berlin) Project Assistant: Elisabeth Mascha Lab Assistant: Johanna Weisheit Technical Director: Timo Block Management: Drittmittel Produktionen Opening: 17th November 2021 (also Nov 18-20) Sophiensaele Berlin A Flinn Works production. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa. In Cooperation with Institut für Kulturpolitik der Universität Hildesheim

Flinn Works

Berlin

I adresses a fundamental question of cultural policy and arts funding and transform the critical responses into art.

https://www.flinnworks.de/en/project/white-money-working-title