Programme

¡Viva! – this is the motto of the Potsdamer Schlössernacht 2022. Together with our guests, we celebrate life, warm summer nights and new experiences, in the spirit of the builder – A Night Without Worry. On two days in August, the Potsdamer Schlössernacht is designed to awaken the public’s zest for life and at the same time invite them to enjoy themselves. Colorful installations, national and international artists and a culinary offer for all tastes encourage to dance, celebrate and discover.

We are very much looking forward to your visit and wish you lots of anticipation.

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NIGHT LIGHT ROUTE

Even in daylight, a visit to Sanssouci Park is a special experience, an encounter in the midst of history, the present and the future. As soon as it gets dark and the Night Light Route of the Palace Night invites you on a journey of discovery, the illuminated palaces and the park show themselves from an enchanted side in a very special splendor.

Video projection on the picture gallery

Video projection on the Orangery Palace

Companyia La Tal: Carilló

1 | Venue: Sanssouci Palace Forecourt

In 2002 the Spanish theatre company Companyia La Tal Carilló decided to revive a unique play, reusing a central element of an earlier set: the machinery of a giant clock. In the process, the boundaries between fiction and reality become blurred. What is real?

The combination of stage design and the extraordinary interpretation of comedy around the themes of love, jealousy and passion results in a unique show which is unparalleled in its presentation.

Fotocredit: Cia La Tal

Papa-Capim

2 | Venue: Sanssouci Palace Forecourt| Music

Papa Capim is a group from Latin America named after the Brazilian songbird. They will enchant you with their clear melodies and lively rhythms. Their repertoire includes styles such as samba-choro, forró, bolero, montunos and even Latin jazz and bossa nova. But Papa Capim will also whisk you away into a special musical world with own compositions.

Fotocredit: Papa-Capim

Courtly Society

3 | Venue: in front of Sanssouci Palace

The depiction of historical persons and fictional characters is intended to arouse curiosity to engage with bygone eras. Inspired by the Prussian court and the royal family of Frederick the Great, as well as the shady alchemist Allessandro di Cagliostro, the Courtly Society creates spontaneous scenes for their own amusement and above all for the pleasure of the audience. At performances and balls they amuse themselves as the nobility used to do, a journey back in time! The Höfische Gesellschaft e.V. can be found everywhere where masquerade, costuming and role-playing can immerse you in other worlds. Always according to the motto: “Not quite authentic, but imaginative and fabulous”.

Fotocredit: Hagen Hoppe

Theatre Fencing – Workshops

4 | Venue: Sanssouci Palace

Sven Richter is a trained theatre fencing teacher and invites you to join in and try out. In the theatre fencing workshop, you will learn the basics of theatre fencing (footwork and handling the weapon). Afterwards, you will take part in a small (pre-set) skirmish with a total of 12 actions and try your hand at acting techniques. A workshop that has been part of Sanssouci Park and its setting for many hundreds of years.

Fotocredit: Sven Richter

Mime Bastian

5 | Venue: in front of Sanssouci Palace

With an antique plate camera, Mime Bastian captures the most beautiful moments of the Potsdamer Schlössernacht. Not only will he enchant you with his charming and unobtrusive manner, but he will also take playful photos in many a comical situation! The resulting “snapshots” can be accessed digitally after the event. What remains is definitely a special memory of an unforgettable evening in the beautiful Sanssouci Park.

Fotocredit: Reiner Freese

Carrington-Brown

6 | Venue: In front of the Picture Gallery | Music

Carrington-Brown is a multi-lingual British music and comedy duo which has won numerous international awards. The unique couple creates a brilliant mix of music and comedy. Rebecca and Colin share with their audience tributes from pop to opera and jazz to Bollywood – charmingly and wittily interpreted! Rebecca’s cello, called “Joe”, will be part of the act. Look forward to a unique experience in front of the just as unique Picture Gallery!

Fotocredit: Thomas Henkel

TMBM – They Might Be Minimal

7| Venue: In front of the picture gallery | Music

Minimal music and neoclassic for two guitars. A scene that is largely dominated by pianists. In their repertoire Stefan and Willi have covers of pieces by well-known pianists of the scene as well as their own pieces.

The two musicians are united above all by their love of sound and the detailed tinkering with musical material. With TMBM they have found their playground for musical output – always striving to fully exploit the sound diversity of their instruments,

so the idea to expand the genre of guitar music resulted in something completely new, which we do not want to withhold from our guests. You may be curious.

Fotocredit: Hendrik Schacht

Rogier Kappers Singing Glasses

8 | Venue: Dresden Fountain | Music

Why did the glass organ which was extremely popular in the 18th and 19th centuries almost completely disappear from the world? The thin, ethereal sound of the singing glasses was said to be able to induce a state of hypnosis. Some people even allegedly went mad . . . Rogier Kappers, the glass grinder, collected hundreds of cognac, wine, beer, champagne and port glasses and used them to build the only glass organ in the Netherlands. He travels around with it on a freight bike, otherwise playing on street corners, village squares and festivals. At the Potsdamer Schlössernacht he will enchant you with his singing glasses and old and new songs – from the Beatles and Bach to Brel.

Fotocredit: Rogier Kappers

Felice and Cortes

9 | Venue: Meadow at the tea kitchen | Music

There are musicians who will thrill you so much that your heart will beat faster. There are artists who amaze you so much that your mouth remains open. There are stories which are not only told but take their listeners into another world. And then there are artists who manage to do all that at once. Like Felice and Cortes, the Berlin-based duo which combines music and artistry in a unique mix. They tell the magical story of two travellers who collect stories and retell them in other places, for other people, with the help of music, show and artistry. In addition, Felice and Cortes convince with acting talent, funny anecdotes and the little red hand puppet Tom. With their drum platform on wheels and a small self-made backdrop, the duo is a real eye catcher in Sanssouci Park.

Fotocredit: Leslie Unger

Kira and Anders

10 | Venue: Meadow in front of the Meierei

Just like every afternoon, new dance steps are being rehearsed in the living room of Mr and Mrs Twistly, and just like every afternoon, things turn out differently than planned because the gramophone goes haywire once again. And what is the sock doing in the coffee cup? Dive into the funny world of the 1920s in this show and experience the bizarre everyday life of the two likeable characters who narrate the beautiful and absurd sides of life together with dance, acrobatics on the floor and in the air. A spectacle with many surprises and a touch of poetry on a red carpet for young and old. On the meadow in front of the Meierei you will experience artistry at its best in a beautiful natural setting.

Fotocredit: Wolfgang Westerboer

The Incredible Duo – Roland Scull & Peter Wehrmann

11 | Venue: Holzplatz| Music

The name of this INCREDIBLE duo says it all. Roland Scull (vocals and guitar) and Peter Wehrmann (beatbox and mouth bass) fascinate with two voices, a guitar and nothing else! No, a loop station is not included . . . INCREDIBLE what the two of them, just the two of them, deliver, the full enthralling power of a blues, rock, jazz, country, reggae, pop and other band with at least five members. Together, Roland Scull and Peter Wehrmann complement each other to form an absolutely unbeatable musical duo. Just the right programme for the “Holzplatz”, where we cordially invite you to dance, sing along and celebrate.

Fotocredit: Peter Wehrmann

Rosanna Torrisi

 

12 | Venue: Holzplatz | Music

The Italian trio Rosjano from Puglia and Sicily sings well-known ballads from Bella Italia. Rosanna and Francesca Torrisi sing accompanied by Marco Martino on guitar. AMORE, MUSICA E FANTASIA!
Long live the music! It inspires the spirit and awakens the joy of life. That’s exactly what it gives “to the ears” – dance, laugh and enjoy.

Fotocredit: Trio Rosjano

Flamenco „El Compadre“

13 | Venue: Theatre Grove (near Roman Baths) | Music

Claudio “El Compadre” (guitar and vocals) has become a sought-after accompanist on the guitar through many years of working with many flamenco dancers, but above all through intensive study stays in Spain. His rhythmic skills, his sensitivity in responding to the dance and his soloistic abilities convince audiences time and again.

The dancer Ana Sojor lived for many years in Seville and Madrid, where she received her flamenco training (among others at the famous academy “Amor De Dios” in Madrid, with Manolete, Carmen Cortes and Merche Esmeralda). Even today, she regularly travels to Spain to absorb the latest developments and trends in flamenco and thus continues her education. At the Potsdamer Schlössernacht you will have the pleasure of experiencing the talented musician and exceptional dancer live, in keeping with the theme of ¡VIVA! You are expressly invited to dance along!

Fotocredit: Claudio El Compadre

Duo Nova

14 | Venue: Charlottenhof Palace | Music

Duo Nova is a new chamber music duo that uses innovative instrumentation to immerse itself in new worlds of sound. It is mainly dedicated to concert music from South and Central America. The instrumentation of guitar / mandolin, paired with accordion / accordin is unique and will spoil your ears. Two exceptional artists, who musically move far beyond classical music, offer a varied concert of a different kind. Let yourself be surprised!

Fotocredit: Katharina Pongratz

Alp Horns

15 | Venue: Hauptallee / Neues Stück | Music

Andreas Frey and Annegret Holjewilken have both dedicated themselves to working with the alp horn for years. It is their wish to go on a voyage of discovery to the origins of horn playing and to further develop alp horn playing with numerous compositions. With these unusual, oversized, powerful-sounding instruments, the two will take you on a journey into a world of sound that will make you dream of mountains, lakes and forests.

Fotocredit: Jürgen Solkowski

Flamenco on Stilts

16 | Venue: Walking act

This Spanish flamenco dancer dances passionately on her high stilts. With her playing and dancing, she invites you to a fantastic, electrifying interaction. She always has her own flamenco music with her. Full of grace, she dances skilfully through the Park and provides Spanish sounds in many places, encouraging you to dance along and dream of distant cultures.

Fotocredit: Flamenco auf Stelzen

Flotados

 

17 | Venue: Neues Stück below the Orangery Palace

Sooner or later, they had to meet: the two Spanish circus artists David Moreno and Cristina Calleja cross their paths in a magical and mysterious show at lofty heights.

A grand piano 8 metres above the ground opens the door to a unique world where you will discover an exciting love story. Hold your breath for a moment and let yourself be carried away by the power of love. Poetic moments, dexterity, humour, music, dance, acrobatics, projections and moving pictures take you to a unique and exciting universe of dreams in the “Neues Stück” below the Orangery Palace.

Fotocredit: David Moreno & CIA

Readings according to the motto “Quiet Tones – Distinctive Voices – Exciting Story(s)”

 

18 | Venue: Orangery Castle

Once again this year, prominent voices from the German film and television scene will skilfully stage texts from literary classics from the world of fantasy. ► More Information

Tafelfreuden: Table culture at the time of Frederick the Great

19 | Venue: Eastern Plant Hall of the Orangery Palace

Dishes and tables at the Prussian court were not only a feast for the senses and pleasures, but also always places of representation and communication. The food, drinks, menu courses and sequences, porcelain, tableware and the invitation of guests were carefully chosen depending on the occasion and the nature of the courtly feast. Even the seating arrangement at the table followed the courtly ceremonial. Following these exciting historical traces, an excerpt from the treasure trove of royal table culture is shown in cooperation with the Verein Königliche Tafelfreunde e.V. (Royal Table Friends Association).

Fotocredit: André Stiebitz

Flower Power – Oakleaf StreetShow

20 | Venue: Vineyard terraces Sanssouci Palace

A tribute to the Prilblume – a colorful mess – whether during the day or in the dark, whether salsa or cumbia, here no foot remains still for long and no face serious. Experience an energetic dance show that is sure to sweep you away! On the night light route, the dancing flowers appear like fireflies on the steps in front of Sanssouci Palace.

Fotocredit: Piet Koenekoop

Laser Tunnel

21 | Venue: Between Chinese House and Meierei

Fotocredit: Michael Clemens

Luminous Pillars

22 | Venue: Between New Chambers and Hauptallee

Fotocredit: Michael Clemens

Albrecht Gieseler

 

23 | Venue: Hauptallee / Musenrondell | Music

“Love, who are you?

You make one speechless, you confuse, you sweeten, you forgive.

You make me weak and strong at the same time.

You just appear without warning. I find that impressive.

I waste you and you become more. What a miracle. Sometimes I stand between the chairs, but You show me my way. Then I shine from within, because You are my lighthouse.”

The Potsdam pianist Albrecht Gieseler presents in his program “Without love everything is nothing” („Ohne Liebe ist alles nichts“) love songs full of warmth, inspiration and longings, full of curiosities and small excesses.

Not kitschy, but romantic. Not funny, but humorous. Never hopeless, but sometimes melancholic.

Fotocredit: Albrecht Gieseler

Anna Wierer and Maxim Shagaev

24 | Venue: Terrace Sicilian Garden | Music

Anna Wierer and Maxim Shagaev take their guests on a musical journey through times, styles and eras. It goes from West to East and leads the audience through Europe and America. The program includes works by A. Vivaldi, J.S. Bach but also the famous Czardasz (V.Monti), Country, Tango (A.Piazzolla) etc. The audience will be introduced to details of the musical instruments, which are not often heard in this combination, in a funny and entertaining way.

Fotocredit: Anna Wierer und Maxim Shagaev

Marquis Louis Alexandre de Montignac

25 | Venue: In front of Sanssouci Castle

Once again this year, the musician and storyteller at the court of Frederick the Great, Marquis Louis Alexandre de Montignac will delight you with many exciting, interesting and funny anecdotes about the “Old Fritz” as well as with music from that time, on his very rare, and with a special sound equipped, baroque lute lyre. You will also learn about the exciting history of this instrument.
You will learn, among other things, what the comma and the dot in the lettering Sans, Souci. means, why there are always fresh potatoes on the grave of “Old Fritz”, and why he had counterfeit money printed and coin stamps stolen. You will also learn about his relationship with the Potsdam miller Grävenitz, how magnanimously but also ironically Frederick reacted to petitions from citizens addressed to him, and many more amusing and enjoyable things. So take some time, and linger for a while below the lettering Sans, Souci. at the castle and you will learn many things that are still unknown even to experts.

Fotocredit: Ralf Salecker

Dr. Christoph Lerchen

26 | Venue: Cattle yard near Roman Baths

Lecture: “He who laughs to the last…”

Light Spectacle on the Maschinenteich 

27 | Venue: Maschinenteich near Roman Baths

Near the Roman Baths in Sanssouci Park is the engine pond. This pond was artificially created as a former carp pond, the first Prussian steam engine was used here. During the Potsdam Castle Night, the pond is transformed several times from 9:30 p.m. into the backdrop for a breathtaking light spectacle that exudes romance. Initiated by the artists of Potsdamer Feuerwerke GmbH, this production is meant to amaze. Three times in the evening it unfolds its beauty and invites the guests to stay. Water and light united by music – a wonderful moment is offered here.

Fotocredit: André-Stiebitz

Mariachi

The tradition of mariachi music is the heart and soul of Mexico. In traditional Charro costume with silver-brushed black suits, pointed boots and wide-brimmed sombreros, the mariachi players “Mariacheros” belt out and sing of unrequited love, longing and passion, of the beauty of Mexico, of women and of macho pride. This powerful, rousing music underlines the motto of the Potsdam Castle Night and animates to live, to celebrate, to dance! Mariachi will meet you again and again with their love of life on your way through the park on these evenings. 

Mariachi Mexiko Lindo

28 | Venue: Walking Act – Hauptallee / Little Fountain | Music

Mariachi Mexico Lindo is a traditional folklore group that has been around for over 5 years under the direction of Fernando Soto Salazar and Kreuzberg musician Peter Schwartz.
With their strong vocal presence, the Mariachi are an important part of the Mexican culture. They bring the authentic and traditional sounds of the guitar, the guitarron, the vihuela, the violin and the trumpets as well as the different regional styles of Mexican and Caribbean music like boleros, rancheras, cumbias and sónes from Jalisco to the Potsdam Castle Night. Come with us on a musical journey to the most beautiful places of the Caribbean and Mexico!

Fotocredit: Fernando Soto Salazar

Mariachi dos Mundos

29 | Venue: Walking Act – playing across Hauptallee | Music

Since 1996, the musicians of Mariachi dos Mundos in the cultural melting pot of Berlin have been combining their musical roots from two worlds to create their own rousing style full of energy and joie de vivre. The fact that the musical roots of the band lie in Mexico and Germany is clearly noticeable in the guajiras and boleros: The best mariachitum of two worlds merges here into a style all of its own, which you can enjoy on two summery evenings in Park Sanssouci. 

Fotocredit: Gontarsky

Mariachi Oro Negro

30 | Venue: Walking Act – playing across Ökonomieweg | Music

Mariachi Oro negro are full-blooded musicians from Latin America and Japan. They have already worked in mariachi groups in their home countries. At the Potsdam Castle Night they play songs from their homeland. This includes in particular the mariachi music from Mexico, such as huapangos, sones and rancheras. The Mariachi Oro Negro perform in traditional Mexican clothing and play on original Mexican instruments, such as the bass guitar Guitarron and the rhythm guitar Vihuela. In addition, the violin and the trumpet are part of this music. Thus they provide for Mexican flair in the park Sanssouci and for an atmospheric, musical environment that will surround you again and again the whole evening.

Fotocredit: Oro Negro

Amalva Band

31 | Venue: Jubilee Terraces | Music

Música con Alma… Music with Soul… From her songs sounds the longing for the distance in the rhythm of the drums. Amalva is in her songs in the now and in the here, very present in the music that comes from the bottom of the earth, from the depths of the oceans.

Mr. Lo’s Paper Show – Folded Dreams

32 | Venue: Near Chinese Tea Kitchen

Paper is known to be patient. In Mr. Lo’s case, it also looks quite perfect, because Lorenzo Torres has revived the almost lost art of paper tearing. With unbelievable speed he creates new, colorful, different paper objects again and again. There are no limits to his imagination for the lovable gentleman with the newspaper hat.

His costumes – made of paper, of course – as well as his working material he makes himself, from the conjured rose for the lady to the filigree tablecloth – non-iron!

Fotocredit: Edgar-Layher

Mika Hulahoop

33 | Venue: Neues Stück

Mika combines elements of dance and artistry, to a progressive-sensual show with expressive images and clear presence.

Her aesthetic play with shimmering, foggy hoops, transports the zeitgeist of music history and takes you on a perfectly staged, musical-artistic journey.

Johanna Lux

34 | Venue: Meadow in front of the Meierei

A journey full of wonder and with magician Johanna Lux. Experience magical stories about stardust and how the laws of physics are seemingly effortlessly overcome. Unforgotten remains a pleasant feeling of shrewd deception and touching aesthetics.

Fotocredit: Stefan-Zeitz

Rodrigo Juarez – TITERES ELHECHO

Venue: Above the Sicilian Garden

“Naturaleza viva” is a puppet show artfully mastered by Rodrigo Juarez. As if by magic, he instills gestures into the wooden body of the puppet and, accompanied by the right music, lets the audience experience a story that shows the work of a painter who is dissatisfied with his work. He lacks inspiration and creativity. A breakdown makes him rethink and enhance his work, filling it with emotions and magic so that what he paints takes on a life of its own. An unbeatable duo of genius and a wooden doll that, thanks to Rodrigo Juarez, has plenty of life in it.

Fotocredit: Rodrigo Juarez

TALKING TREES ON THE SELLOWEG

When jugglers, musicians and acrobats populate Sanssouci Palace Park, a grand piano hovers eight meters above the ground, glasses sing and even the trees start talking, there is only one explanation: it is Potsdamer Schlössernacht. The talking trees have become absolute crowd pleasers in recent years – they have a lot to tell. Guests stand spellbound in front of the meter-high, old giants and listen to their unique stories. Instead of four trees, this year you can even discover and listen to ten. Their voices are provided by Max Moor and Anna Thalbach. Among other things, they tell stories from “Wie ich ein Baum wurde” (How I Became a Tree) by Sumana Roy (MSB Matthes & Seitz Berlin Verlagsgesellschaft mbH).

 Anna Thalbach

Fotocredit: Markus Nass

More program items and the final program schedule including performance times and locations will follow.