16.08 - 01.09.2024


13.09 - 03.11.2024

ProtoZone 16

15.11 - 12.01.2025

ProtoZone 17



Performance and Video


“Trompoppies” is an Afrikaans word for “Drum Majorettes” who perform formation dance in uniform. blackmilk looks at one of the main choreographic elements of these trompoppies dances – the precise hand gestures. Through morphing Trompoppies movements with melodramatic gestures of white divas and heavy gesticulation linked to the image of black male rap-stars, the choreographer explores the performative dimension of race and gender. The practice invites a new kind of sensitivity into cultural representations of black masculinity, opening them up to queer readings.




Choreography & Performance: Tiran Willemse

Music: Manuel Riegler

Styling: Lucas Meyer-Leclère/LML Studio

Production: Paelden Tamnyen, Rabea Grand

Co production of blackmilk with Sophiensaele Berlin, Tanzquartier Wien, Gessnerallee Zürich, WP Zimmer Antwerp

Residency support by Tanzhaus Zurich, Buda Kortrijk, Les Urbaines Lausanne, Impulstanz Vienna, Trauma bar and Kino Berlin.


as part of the Hi-Intensity-Phase, 15.09. at 19.30 during Protozone12: Syncretic Sites



Director & Choreography : Tiran Willemse

Co director : Thyago Saint

Music : NKISI

Performance : Tiran Willemse, Kevin F.E Bonono,

Styling : Lucas Meyer-Leclère/LML Studio


as part of Protozone12: Syncretic Sites


Tiran Willemse is a dancer, choreographer and researcher from South-Africa based in Zurich. Their performance based practice is rooted in a careful attention to space, imagination, gesture and sound, focusing on how they relate to the ways in which construction of race and gender are performed, communicated and challenged. They worked and collaborated with Trajal Harrell, Meg Stuart, Jerome Bel, Ligia Lewis, Eszter Salamon, Susanne Linke, Andros Zins-Browne and with Cullberg Ballet under Deborah Hay and Jeftha Van Dither. Their work has been shown in Arsenic Lausanne, Impulstanz Vienna, Tanzquartier Wien, Gessnerallee Zurich, Sophiensaele Berlin , Palais de Tokyo Paris, Santarcanagelo festival and MCBA in Lausanne and continues touring internationally.

Shedhalle – Tiran Willemse

Courtesy of the Artist

Shedhalle – Tiran Willemse

Courtesy of the Artist