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 other two videos, LAVA and ODE, will be published as part of the Tanzhaus Zürich programme on April 30th.
KARMA is about abundant consumerism of online content, new age spiritualism and the emotional and social culture around it. In a stream of buzzwords in random order and rapid succession, it tries to bridge the gap between an over-engineered reality and the desire to reclaim a connection with nature, or whatever is left of it.
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.
Written and composed for the performance AWOL (Absence Without Leave) by Dark Euphoria feat. Mirza Kebo. © 2021
Artistic direction, performance: Malika Fankha
Costume: Goran Bugaric
Make Up: Valerie Reding & Cleverson Ronaldo Cosmo
Objects: Ana Rajcevic
Lights: Marek Lamprecht & David Baumgartner
Sound: Dark Euphoria feat. Mirza Kebo
Video: Timotheus Tomicek & Jannik Schleicher
Dramaturgical Advice: Anna Mendelssohn, Denice Bourbon
Choreographic Assistance: Asher O’Gorman
Production: mollusca productions
Dramaturgical Production Advice: Marc Streit
Coproduction: FANKS, Tanzhaus Zürich, brut Wien
Residency partners: SoArt Millstättersee (A), BUDA Kortrijk (BE), Tanzhaus Zürich (CH), Huggy Bears (A), “The Artists Are Present” Brunnenpassage Wien (A)
With the kind support of Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Zürich, Stadt Wien Kultur MA 7, BMKOES, Prohelvetia, Austrian Cultural Forum Brussels, ACT OUT (initiated by IG Freie Theater, supported by BMEIA) and Embassy of Switzerland in Austria