Tiran Willemse
Big Stage
11.11.2023 – 12.11.2023
Portraitfoto des Choreografen und Performers Tiran Willemse.
Der Performer Tiran Willemense ist von Nebel umgeben und wird von gelbem Licht angestrahlt. Seinen Körper siet man nur schemenhaft.
Der Performer Tiran Willemse ist von dichtem Nebel und Mikrofonständern umgeben, deren Kabel aufgerollt sind. Seine beiden Arme hält er in einer Umarmung dicht an seinem Körper.

For blackmilk, choreographer and dancer Tiran Willemse assimilates diverse gestural expressive movement material and reflects how it is read. They connect precise hand gestures as a choreographic element of Trompoppie (Afrikaans = drum majorette in uniform) formation dancing with the melodramatic poses taken on by white starlets, and gestures associated with Black rap stars. Blackmilk intervenes in the representation of Black masculinity with the tools of performance, opening them for a different complexity and sensitivity, described by Tiran Willemse as “Black male melancholia”.

With a magnificent sound, theatre effects with astounding impact and a dance swaying between virtuosity and desperation, blackmilk is an intense and tension-filled solo that, lastly, also opens questions for the relation between art and reception, conventions of art enjoyment, and sovereignty.

Tiran Willemse is a dancer and choreographer from South Africa living in Zurich and Berlin. Their works are based on a diligent observation of space, imagination, gesture, and sound, wherein they constantly explores the relations between race and gender and how they are performed, communicated, and questioned. Tiran Willemse collaborated with Trajal Harrell, Jérôme Bel, Meg Stuart, Ligia Lewis, Eszter Salamon, among others and was recently awarded the Performancepreis Schweiz 2023.

Duration: ca. 60 min.

Accompanying programme

Sun 12.11.

Talk after the performance

Backstage mit Tiran Willemse

I am very much interested in the theatre because I consider it my craft. The theatre is a place built for bodies and it offers the potential for bodies to be seen differently.

Tiran Willemse

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Der Performer Tiran Willemense ist von Nebel umgeben und wird von gelbem Licht angestrahlt. Seinen Körper siet man nur schemenhaft.

Choreography, performance: Tiran Willemse; Lighting design: Fudetani Ryoya, Tiran Willemse; Music: Manuel Riegler, Tiran Willemse; Costumes: lml studio; With special thanks to: Nkisi, Kevin Bo, Mateusz Szymanówka, Thyago Sainte.
A production of Tiran Willemse togehter with Tanzquartier Wien, SOPHIENSÆLE, Berlin, Gessnerallee Zürich and WPzimmer, Antwerpen; Residency supported by Tanzhaus Zürich, Buda, Kortrijk, LesUrbaines, Lausanne.

Funded by Bündnis Internationaler Produktionshäuser, funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.