XE [zi:]
21st, 22nd and 23rd July 2023
Altes Stromwerk Mannheim

XE [zi:] Film Streaming 26-30 Nov

A trans-disciplinary and interactive dance film by Darja Reznikova/SoBoProductions and Gothamfotografia

The film consists of 7 interrelated parts and was created in collaboration with the artists. The separate scenes can be watched in any order:

XE [zi:] Opening – João Kreth d’Orey

Lost in Translation – Felix Chang

The Living Room – Marco Labellarte and Cecilia Ponteprimo

Deep Blue Sea – Miriam Markl

Re-birth – Anthony Selwyn

Projections – Lorenzo Ponteprimo

The Gathering – Miriam Markl, Lorenzo und Cecilia Ponteprimo, Felix Chang, Anthony Selwyn, Marco Labellarte, João Kreth d’Orey, Sabio Janiak

Dramaturgy: Angela Wendt

Lighting and set design: Mireille Solomon

Costume design: Susana Florêncio

Location: Altes Stromwerk Mannheim

For a full interactive experience, please watch the film on our webpage or Vimeo account:



If you would like to donate to support the company, we would be very grateful:


Xe, Ze, Ve, E, Te, Sie, Thon, Tey, Ey, Per, Peh, Fae….

Language creates awareness and reinforces stereotypes, but what if the words that exist are not enough to describe one’s identity? Male, female, both or neither… It is difficult to describe in depth what has long been the reality. Gender queer, fluid, LGBTIQ+, the conservative division of roles based on biological sex is far outdated. However, do our language and co-existence reflect this change?

What effect do words have on us and how does language influence one’s gender orientation? How do we experience and perceive people in relation to the pronouns used? How do certain meanings of a word become established and what cultural, political and ethical influence do these have on us and our bodies?

Gender socialisation as a construct of society and the inexhaustible existence of each of us beyond the physical body form the central aspects that are the focus of this project. 

Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR. Aid Programme Dance. 

Furthermore supported and funded by the Kulturamt Mannheim and the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.

Cooperation partners: Inter-Actions Studios, Dance Professional Mannheim, Theater Felina-Areal and Nachmarkt am Stromwerk


It’s a solidarity-based pricing system, i.e. pay the amount you want to pay: 8€, 12€, 16€ or 24€.

Of course we are happy about any higher donations to support our dance company and future projects!

You can easily pay for your tickets in advance. Either use this Paypal link: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/sobopro

Or pre-book your tickets and pay cash at the door. Send us an E-mail with your name, the date of the show you would like to attend and the number of tickets: info@sobopro.com

All other infos you can find on my company Website: www.sobopro.com/xe/


Audition SoBoProductions

SoBo Productions is seeking 3 professional contemporary dancers / movement-based artists, preferably belonging to LGBTQQIP2SAA+ community for their next dance production XE.

XE is a hybrid format under the artistic direction of Darja Reznikova. The intention is to create both a site-specific multimedia live dance performance and an interactive dance film. The production explores gender-neutral language and questions the impact of language on our gender differentiation.

Candidates must be available for the whole of the set of dates below! The whole project will take place in Mannheim, Germany, fee includes travel and accommodation expenses. The project is supported by the Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Neustart Kultur – NPN Stepping Out, Kulturamt Mannheim and Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg!

Audition (via invitation only):
5 June 2022 in Mannheim/ Germany Rehearsal Period:
20 June – 21 July 2022
Premiere & Performance Dates:
22, 23, 27 & 28 July 2022
1 – 7 August 2022

To apply please send the following:

  • A video link (max 3 min) of you dancing, moving, singing or acting in a show, film or as an improvisation in any indoor or outdoor location
  • A video link (max 1 min) of you speaking into the camera about a personal key experience related to gender (preferably in your mother tongue)
  • A CV with a photo of you that represents you the best

Send your APPLICATIONS to: info@sobopro.com


Learn more about the company: www.sobopro.com