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 at Tanzfabrik Berlin, University of Malta, and Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy. During her studies, she has created the etude Kocka, which was performed several times in Budapest and Moscow, 2018. In 2019 she was artist-in-residence in Lake Studios Berlin to work on her solo piece Chicken&Egg, which she is also performing recently. She experienced working with choreographers such as Willi Dorner, 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.

playing with #Tatjana Mahlke

ada studios

Wenn du deinen Finger darauf legst, 

verändert es sich.

Wenn du dich annäherst um dir dessen sicher zu sein, 

Entwickelt es sich schon weiter.

Ist es weg?

Räume und Qualitäten sind nicht zum halten sondern zum lassen zum TREFFEN. 

Finden und uns anfreunden…


When you put your finger on it, 

It changes.

When you approach to ow it, 

It´ s developed already.

It´ s gone?

Spaces and Qualities aren’t to hold but to let to MEET.

Finding and being friends…

After I practiced Bottled Wind with Tatjana there was something else in the studio… something I enjoy in this

a gaze of sunday evening

sometimes I forget the importance of repetition. The importance to repeat a movement in order to fully understand it in my body..
I used to not be able to do this movement in an audition two years ago. I still feel like I didn’t understand it a 100%… but with every repetition I get closer. So the repetition is not just a boring „doing the same thing over and over“ ..It is more the renewed discovery, the constant change of perspective on a supposedly well-known phenomenon. 

The theatre board sais me: Lets not speak possibilities, it takes to much energy. We prepare for the stage.
Trust in wisdom.


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