Tender Talks

Discussions on Closeness in Times of Distance

Living during the coronavirus pandemic, our bodies have become more vulnerable, our language more cautious, our approaches more tender. New encounters are rare - but that is exactly what we aim to try with the Tender Talks - conversations about closeness in times of distance. Every fortnight in February and March, the Schauspielhaus invites two individuals to engage in a dialogue on Zoom; where they get in touch with each other by speaking and thinking. Two guests meander their way through topics that move them - and perhaps touch something that also impacts us: how the way we deal with our bodies is changing in these times, how we experience intimacy differently, how tenderness could become a social motif and inspire a re-organisation of the political and private spheres through solidarity.

Tender Talk #1: Sibylle Berg & Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 11 Februar 2021, 8 p.m.

Tender Talk #2: Black Cracker & Laurie Penny, 25 February 2021, 8 p.m.

Tender Talk #3: Carolin Emcke & Vaginal Davis, 11 March 2021, 8 p.m.

Tender Talk #4: Annie Sprinkle/Beth Stephens & Mithu Sanyal, 25 March 2021, 8 p.m.

Tender Talk #5: Hans Unstern & Faraz Shariat, 8 April 2021, 8 p.m.

Tender Talk #6: Klaus Theweleit & Ted Gaier, 22 April 2021, 8 p.m.

Tender Talks

Tender Talk No. 5: Hans Unstern & Faraz Shariat


In Tender Talk #5 treffen zwei Künstler*innen aufeinander, deren politische Zärtlichkeit transformativen Sprengstoff in sich birgt: Hans Unstern und Faraz Shariat.

Report by Anta Helena Recke at Schauspielhaus Journal

Tender Talk No. 4: Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens & Mithu M. Sanyal


n Tender Talk #4 today, the artist and founder duo of Ecosex Movement, will meet their long-time friend and thinker in crime, the cultural scientist, journalist and author Mithu M.

Report by Talaya Schmid at Schauspielhaus Journal

Tender Talk No. 3: Carolin Emcke & Vaginal Davis


Discourse meets drag: Carolin Emcke meets Vaginal Davis! The two Berliners-by-choice met on intellectuality and intersexuality on the Tender Talk No. 3.

Report by Anne Waak at Schauspielhaus Journal

Tender Talk No. 2: Black Cracker & Laurie Penny


Feminism meets music: In Tender Talk No. 2, the American musician, poet Black Cracker talks with the British author and feminist Laurie Penny.

Report by Anna Rosenwasser at Schauspielhaus Journal

Tender Talk No. 1: Sibylle Berg & Dr. Ruth Westheimer


Dr. Berg meets Dr. Sex: Our friend and favourite author Sibylle Berg talks to Dr Ruth Westheimer, better known as "Dr Ruth", in the first Tender Talk.

Report by Nina Kunz at Schauspielhaus Journal