Tiran Willemse Zurich, Switzerland / Berlin, Germany


Zurich, Switzerland / Berlin, Germany
07 July 7:15 pm
08 July 7:00 pm
09 July 7:00 pm
07 July 7:15 pm
08 July 7:00 pm
09 July 7:00 pm

“blackmilk” is the first part of the “Trompoppies” trilogy by Tiran Willemse. Trompoppies is Afrikaans and describes drum majorettes in uniform. The performance examines one of the choreographic elements of the formation dances they perform: the precise hand gestures. Fusing trompoppies movements with the melodramatic gestures of white femme starlets and gestures associated with Black masculine rap stars the work explores the distance between images of African and Afro-American male-presenting bodies. “blackmilk” intervenes into this limiting repertoire of representations using the means of performance and explores a variety of affective bodies in the grey zones of legible identities, opening them up to a complex sensitivity that the artist describes as black male melancholia.


Tiran Willemse is a dancer and choreographer from South-Africa based in Zurich and Berlin. His performance practice is rooted in a careful attention to space, imagination, gesture and sound, focusing on how they relate to the ways in which construction of race and gender are performed, communicated and challenged. He worked and collaborated with Trajal Harrell, Meg Stuart, Jerome Bel, Ligia Lewis, Eszter Salamon, Susanne Linke, Andros Zins-Browne, Kat Valaster and with Cullberg Ballet under Deborah Hay and Jeftha Van Dither. His work has been shown in Arsenic, Impulstanz, MDT Stockholm, Tanzquartier Wien, Gessnerallee, Sophiensaele, Palais de Tokyo, MCBA in Lausanne and continues touring internationally.


Accessibility: accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.

via Orsini 19, Santarcangelo



di e con Tiran Willemse
light design Fudetani Ryoya
musica Manuel Riegler
costumi LML studio Berlin
produzione Paelden Tamnyen, Rabea Grand, WP Zimmer, Antwerp
coproduzione Sophiensaele Berlin, Tanzquartier Wien, Gessnerallee Zürich, WP Zimmer Antwerp
supporto residenze Tanzhaus Zurich, Buda Kortrijk, Les Urbaines Lausanne, Impulstanz Vienna, Trauma bar, Kino Berlin

progetto realizzato con il supporto di Fondazione svizzera per la cultura Pro Helvetia, Goethe-Institut Mailand, promosso dal Ministero Federale degli Affari Esteri della Repubblica Federale di Germania

© Mayra Wallraff