Tatjana Mahlke & Franziska Doffin

Tatjana Mahlke is a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer from Berlin. She graduated from the Höhere Fachschule für Zeitgenössischen und Urbanen Bühnentanz in Zurich in 2019. Her first choreographic works integrate community-building dances, such as hip hop, house or breaking, into a contemporary stage context. In spring 2020, together with Mirjam Jamuna Zweifel, she founded the international research project Zookunft – an urban labour futurism, from which the collective Zookunft.Project was recently formed. The project, as well as the collective, seeks the exchange of diverse dance practices with other disciplines and will occupy a former bus depot in Winterthur (Switzerland) for two weeks in the summer of 2021 with dance, visual arts, music and science as part of an interdisciplinary long-term installation.

Franziska Doffin has studied dance in Tanzfabrik Berlin, University of Malta and in Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy. During her studies she has among others created the etude Kocka, that was performed several times in Budapest as well as in Moscow, 2018. In 2019 she was artist-in-residence in Lake Studios Berlin to work on her solo piece Chicken&Egg, that she is also performing recently. She experienced working with choreographers such as Willi Dorner, Adrienn Hód, Eleonore Valere Lachky, Tijen Lawton, Marco Torrice, and Kadir Memis. She has worked as an assistant with Grupo Oito, and toured with Lina Saneh and Rabi Mroue as a technical assistant for Biokhrafia in 2014/15. Before diving into dance she was involved with drawing and installation.

Wenn jetzt hier mein Tanz ist

Jetzt und Immer

Wenn ich jetzt liebe ich sage dir dich

Ich war stumm als ich dahin schwamm

Mein Schweiß

Ich atme

Ich muss rennen. Ich muss noch warten, oder?

Wieviel gebe ich mache ich werde ich

Wieviel lasse ich


at home
in my not existing bathroom
in your eyes
on your lips
in every word I say
in the studio
I want it to be

Guckkasten / Blackbox

Eine Halle

ich will springen, schreien, tanzen
mich fallen lassen
auf eine ganz ganz weiche matte
fett Musik hören
meinem Nachbarn auf dem kopf herumtanzen
eine riesige halle
nur für mich
du darfst auch dazukommen
eine riesige halle

healthy egoism vs ignorant egoism

neighborfriendly dance research established in march 2020

Side note: Artistic research isn’t finished within one minute



wonderful music: Elcric (Instrumental) by Riddle


une pensée parcourt ma tête:

how do I make a piece about something, which is so important to me, it hurts doing nothing about it. but what if doing something would be the wrong thing ..
so better doing nothing in order to wait for the day, I’ll do the right thing?
when will it be the right thing?

I hear an echo of our festival meeting. Julek´s story:

...the question of the day...and then I FILL myself doing...
...the question of the day...and then I FILM myself doing...

i am flipping here and here between 
filling and filming.
((sensing this here))

when there I am