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Salon in der Komischen Oper Berlin

Salon in der Komischen Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

A very special kind of juice

Salon about Blood

Salon in der Komischen Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

A very special kind of juice

Salon about Blood


January 13, 2020, 7:30–9 p.m.


Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstr. 55-57, 10117 Berlin


Tickets at 12 EUR / 8 EUR (reduced rate) are available via the ticket service of Komischen Oper Berlin.

“Blood,” says Goethe’s Mephisto, “is a very special kind of juice” – and he is right. Blood regulates the metabolism, transports nutrients and waste and is essential to immune defense. In short, it is of vital importance! Already in ancient times, blood was interpreted as the primal substance but also as the seat of the soul. The cult surrounding this symbol of life gave rise to fairy tales, myths and stories.

Blood runs like a thread through art, science and medicine – no matter what era or culture. While it is ascribed magical and healing powers, expressions such as “bad blood” also hint at fears connected with blood. Poetry written with one’s heart’s blood, blood-thirsty vampire movies, blood doping in sports or the medical research on blood stem cells – the substance is everywhere in our lives. How has the significance of blood changed in the arts, and in science? What role does it play in modern medicine – or has blood long lost its magic?

These questions will be discussed at a salon entitled “A very special kind of juice – Salon about Blood” by Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun (cultural studies scholar, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and PD Dr. Anne Flörcken (medical doctor, Charité Berlin). The conversation will be moderated by Simon Berger and Maximilian Hagemeyer.

They will be accompanied by singers and instrumentalists of the Komische Oper Berlin.

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The speakers 

Christina von Braun, cultural theorist, author and filmmaker. Professor Emeritus of Cultural Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Founding director and currently Senior Research Fellow of the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg, established in 2012. Over fifty film documentaries, numerous books and essays on the history of media, culture and mentality. Co-founder and long-standing director of the Gender Studies program at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Sigmund Freud Culture Prize 2013. Publications include “Blutsbande. Verwandtschaft als Kulturgeschichte“, Berlin 2018; and, with Christoph Wulf (ed.), “Mythen des Blutes“, Frankfurt 2007. Films include “Böses Blut. Mythen und Wirkungsgeschichte der Syphilis“, WDR 1993/94.


Anne Flörcken, born 1977, studied human medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke. She is a specialist in internal medicine, haematology, internal oncology and palliative medicine, and senior physician at the Medical Clinic with a focus on haematology, oncology and tumor immunology at the Charité Berlin. She is also coordinator of the Clinical Research Unit at the Berlin Institute for Health Research (BIH) and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Foundation for Young Adults with Cancer. She has written scientific papers in the field of tumor immunology and habilitated on "Immunotherapy in metastatic renal cell carcinoma".



This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners:

Komische Oper Berlin
Gegenbauer Facility Management

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