AWOL (“Absent Without Leave”) explores synergies between humans and nature’s mystical creatures and the significance of sensuality on an analogue, spiritual and virtual scale. Coproduced by brut and Tanzhaus Zürich, Malika Fankha created 3 music videos for AWOL that take us into a world of elves, trolls and other hybrid beings who challenge our thinking in stereotypes and duality due to their queer, volatile essence. The first video of the series, KARMA, was presented in the course of imagetanz 2021 on March 17th. ODE will be published as part of the Tanzhaus Zürich programme on April 30th.
An ODE to desire, to the multitudes of sexualities and sensory pleasures, to the moments we fully inhabit the illusion of a shared experience trying to evade solitude. Both elegiac and tempestuous, ODE is a synesthetic meditation on craving connection with other bodies, textures and spheres.
Malika Fankha studied theatre in Zurich and contemporary dance in Salzburg (SEAD) and at NYU (Tisch School of Performing Arts). She works internationally as a dancer, sound poet and DJ with artists such as Maureen Kägi, Valerie Reding, Tino Sehgal, Superamas and Deborah Hazler. Her own work has been created in collaboration with Tanzhaus Zürich, brut Wien, WUK, tanzquartier, ImPulsTanz, Wiener Festwochen, Dampfzentrale Bern, Art Basel, Zentrum Paul Klee, workspacebrussels, kunstencentrum BUDA, Cullberg-Ballet Stockholm, life long burning, Golden Days Festival Copenhagen and Mladi Levi Festival Ljublijana. Her performance Oxy Moron. A Cyborg Utopia was featured at imagetanz 2020.
Artistic Direction, Performance Malika Fankha Costume Goran Bugaric Makeup Cleverson Ronaldo Cosmo & Valerie Reding Light Marek Lamprecht & David Baumgartner Video Timotheus Tomicek & Jannik Schleicher Objects Ana Rajcevic Sound Dark Euphoria feat. Mirza Kebo Dramaturgical Advice Anna Mendelssohn, Denice Bourbon Assistant Choreographer Asher O’Gorman Production mollusca productions Dramaturgical Production Consultancy Marc Streit
A co-production by FANKS, Tanzhaus Zürich and brut Wien / imagetanz 2021
Residency-Partner SoArt Millstättersee (AT), BUDA Kortrijk (BE), Tanzhaus Zürich (CH), Huggy Bears (AT), The Artists Are Present, Brunnenpassage Wien (AT)
With the kind support of the City of Zurich’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Kanton Zürich, Pro Helvetia, the Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, Austrian Cultural Forum Brussels, ACT OUT (initiated by IG Freie Theater, supported by BMEIA), sponsored by the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs) and the Embassy of Switzerland in Vienna.
Online premiere of the music video on www.tanzhaus-zuerich.ch
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