Franziska Werner

Host, collaborator, ally, communicator / Gardener, dramaturge, curator, producer / Artistic director of Sophiensaele Berlin (theatre and production house for performance, dance and live art) / Curious of ideas, stories, experiences, experiments, concepts, 61 years old  

Franziska Werner is artistic director of Sophiensæle Berlin/Germany since 2011, an independent theatre and production house for performance, theatre and dance with focus on Berlin based artists.

Sophiensæle is part of several networks, f.e. FREISCHWIMMEN or Making a Difference, presenting regular festivals like Tanztage Berlin and topic based festivals like The future is f*e*m*a*l*e*, Das Ost-West-Ding, Save your Soul, Queer Darlings, Risk&Resilience. For autumn 2021 they preparing the festival Coming of Age.


Amongst all of the questions that resonate with you about aging and growing old, which one seems the most essential for you that you would like to share ?

How to organize alternative care models and community living while aging/becoming old, for living in very old age - alternative retirement homes, where art, nature and community still can be present and still be part of the life and the process of dying - and how this can be not only a luxury for people with money ?

Share an image you find inspiring about aging

The postcard-foto attached stands on a board in our office,

because independent performance and dance scene is always supposed to be very young, dynamic and flexible – we liked it because it creates other images – possibilities and chances of age and ageing … joy, new discoveries …

From your own experiences, tell us about a significant moment or event in your personal or professional life that shaped your perspective around aging.

The visits at the retirement home where my grandfather lived for one year.

During our meetings last October, you imagined taking some first steps, the first actions. Can you remind us what they were? Can you tell us what happened when you put them into action?

If, in the coming months, you were given the time, energy and resources to set up a (new?) project based on our common questions, what would it be?

According to your experiences and your expertise, where is the vitality, the curiosity, the strength to act on the realities of aging?