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tiran willemse

tiran willemse

area: Performance, Theater, Choreography, Music

© Camille Spiller

© Camille Spiller

© Camille Spiller

© Camille Spiller

Key Facts


South Africa


Performance, Theater, Choreography, Music


Zurich (SUI), Berlin (GER)

time period

July 2022 - July 2022

tiran willemse's performance based practice explores the body inside an unimaginable setting. Using physical depth to produce sonic images, creating experiences that communicate somatic and psychological landscapes beyond the human condition. he has worked and collaborated with Eszter Salamon, Jerome bel, Trajal Harrell, Meg Stuart, Ligia Lewis, Andros Zins-Browne, Dorota Gaweda & Eglé Kulbokaite, Price (Mattias Ringgenberg) and with Cullberg ballet under Deborah Hay and Jeftha Van Dinther.

Project info

blackmilk will be presented at ImPulsTanz, it is the first part of the trompoppies trilogy.
"Trompoppies" is Afrikaans and describes drum majorettes performing a formation dance in uniform.
The performance examines one of the choreographic elements of these dances: the precise hand gestures. Fusing trompoppies movements with the melodramatic gestures of white female starlets and gestures associated with Black male rap stars, the choreography explores the distance between African and Afro-American male identities. blackmilk inserts a performative dimension into the cultural representation of Black masculinity, opening it up to a different complexity and sensitivity.

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