Malika Fankha

Oxy Moron

A Cyborg Utopia

studio brut, Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Vienna
Performance Austrian premiere in English
imagetanz 2020
{cyborg} {multiple selves} {social codes}

Malika Fankha’s performance Oxy Moron evolves around the cyborg, a character who evades binary categorisation by uniting humanoid appearance and robotic behaviour. What is real and what is fake? What is male, what is female? What is fiction and what is reality?

, © Valérie Reding

Malika Fankha- Oxy Moron

INFO: The show on March 10th is followed by an artist talk.

“Resistance is no longer sufficient. We need to turn things upside down, create new contradictions and illegibility.“ – Ch. Schlingensief

Oxy Moron is a play of multiple selves and their constant, seamless shape-shift between fiction and reality, magic and science, present and future. Using the modern day cyborg as a metaphorical narrative that unites both human appearance and machine-like behaviour, the work juggles with stereotypes and challenges different concepts of a perceived norm. Identities, corporealities and social status pass through a precarious transformation between self-empowerment, self-enhancement, self-optimization and self-deformation questioning the significance of the physical and the human in a digital age.

Malika Fankha is a dancer, choreographer, sound poet and DJ. She has collaborated with such artists as Superamas, Tino Sehgal, Maureen Kaegi and Anna Mendelssohn. To devise and present her pieces, she has worked, for example, at brut, Tanzquartier Wien, WUK, the Vienna Dance Festival as well as Tanzhaus Zürich, Art Basel, the Kaaitheater in Brussels and the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm.


Artistic lead and performance Malika Fankha Make-up, costume and set design Valérie Reding Postgalactical Boots Sabine Aberle, LIEBESD!ENST Music Dark Euphoria feat. AC/BOY Technical direction, Light design David Baumgartner Outside eyes Anna Mendelssohn, Simone Aughterlony, Denice Bourbon Voice training Alex Franz Zehetbauer Movement and acting coaching Asher O’Gorman, Raphael Nicholas Production management mollusca productions

Residency partners Workspacebrussels/Kaaitheater, Campo Gent, Tanzhaus Zürich, Im_flieger Wien, Counterpulse San Francisco.

A co-production by FANKS Productions/Malika Fankha, Tanzhaus Zürich and imagetanz/brut Wien.

With the kind support of the City of Zurich’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Art and Culture Department of the Austrian Federal Chancellor’s Office, the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs,  Im_flieger Wien, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, the Swiss Embassy in Austria, Pro Helvetia, Swissnex San Francisco.

Dates & Tickets

March 2020

Mon. 09.03.2020, 19:00
Remaining tickets at the box office

Tue. 10.03.2020, 19:00

Wed. 11.03.2020, 19:00

studio brut, Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Vienna
Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien


INFO: The show on March 10th is followed by an artist talk.

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studio brut, Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Vienna

studio brut

Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
U-Bahn: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)