December 20th at MATERIAL ZÜRICH


singing songs and telling stories about elves and cyborgs.

what to expect: melodrama, esoteric tripping and 21st century trivia. come!!!

entrance = free!


18:00 Scratch Your Face Away! curated by Anissa Nussbaumer

19:00 Performative Reading/Concert by Malika Fankha/Dark Euphoria


© Franzi Kreis

En résidence…


                                                                          © Malika Fankha



A new FANKS production is in the making and will enter its first work phase during a residency at Studio Thor in Brussels in October 2019.


∆ ∆ ∆ Public showings of LMFAO coming up ∆ ∆ ∆


18-10-19 Studio Thor Brussels

19-12-19 Material, Zurich

30-03-20 zurich moves

12-04-20 BUDA Kortrijk





new creation 2019:



“Resistance is no longer sufficient. We need to turn things upside down, create new contradictions and illegibility.“ – Ch. Schlingensief


Oxy Moron is a play of multiple selves and their constant, seamless shape-shift between fiction and reality, magic and science, present and future. Using the modern day cyborg as a metaphorical narrative that unites both human appearance and machine-like behaviour, the work juggles with stereotypes and challenges different concepts of a perceived norm. Identities, corporealities and social status pass through a precarious transformation between self-empowerment, self-enhancement, self-optimization and self-deformation questioning the significance of the physical and the human in a digital age.



30.03.2019            Showing at Im_flieger with imagetanz

05.06.2019            Tanzhaus Zürich (Premiere)

06.-07.06.2019     Tanzhaus Zürich

09.11.2019             Swissnex San Francisco

03.2020                  imagetanz Festival brut, Vienna



Artistic direction, performance: Malika Fankha
Makeup/Costume/Stage: Valérie Reding
Technical Direction/Lights: David Baumgartner
Sound: Dark Euphoria feat. AC/BOY
Outside Eyes: Anna Mendelssohn & Simone Aughterlony
Photo: Valérie Reding
Production: FANKS, Sophie Schmeiser, Eva Holzinger
Coproduction: Tanzhaus Zürich, Brut Wien imagetanz Festival
Residency partners: Workspacebrussels/Kaaitheater (BE), Campo Ghent (BE), Tanzhaus Zürich (CH), im_flieger Vienna (A), Counterpulse San Francisco (USA)

Oxy Moron is supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Stadt Wien Kultur MA 7, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Nestlé Fondation pour l’Art and the Swiss Embassy in Vienna

Sept 21st, 2018

Oxy Moron is taking shape…

New season, new production! Stoked to announce the upcoming collaboration with performer & makeup artist Valérie Reding and an unbeatable team at Tanzhaus Zürich and WUK performing arts Vienna. Here is a tiny sneak peek from our first session…

Also, we would like to thank our residency partners for supporting us throughout the process: im_flieger, Vienna, Tanzhaus Zürich, Campo Ghent, Counterpulse San Francisco, Workspace Brussels & Kaaitheater Brussels, Sibiu Casa do Pombal, Portugal

© Valérie Reding (styling, video)

Oxy Moron


New creation in the making: Upcoming residencies at Sibiu Casa Do Pombal (April 22nd to 30th, 2018) and Kaaitheater Brussels (May 6th to 31st) hosted by workspacebrussels. Stay tuned.


© Malika Fankha


“Ours is indeed an age of extremity. For we live under continual threat of two equally fearful destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror.” Susan Sontag, The Imagination Of Disaster

Using the modern day cyborg (“A Cyborg Manifesto”, Donna Haraway) as a metaphorical narrative, the work evolves around different notions of human/humanoid/superhuman existence in an age of rapid technological advancement and corporate capitalism. What does it mean to be a physical body in a digital age? Does our mortality just make us vulnerable or does it evoke a precarious optimism in us because it opens up room for ultimate failure? Is our addictive behavior eventually going to lead to our own species’ extinction?


© Maria Ritsch, 2017


HOT NEWS FOR THE COLD SEASON: The new solo “SAUNA” (supported by Huggy Bears, Superamas) is in the making and will premiere on January 12th, 2018 at WUK Vienna. We are happy to announce the following residency partners: ImPulsTanz Wien, CAMPO Ghent, Life Long Burning hosted by Cullberg Ballet Stockholm, Dampfzentrale Bern.

“SAUNA” is a meta-fictional reflection about identity, cohabitation and  survival stragegies. Told from the perspective of an unborn child inside a  womb it questions the reliability of narration, juggles with knowledge and facts that are largely obscure and thus suggests a new metaphorical Virtual Reality. The obsessive personality of the prenatal storyteller is driven by an unconditional claim for self-determination  while at the same time being  tied to this other body via the umbilical cord, a symbol of pure dependence and connection. Contemplating dystopian future scenarios, witnessing the trivia of everyday conversations or indulging in excentric navel-gazing, the tale evolves around the contradictions and promiscuity that shape our lifestyle: the either radically intimate or radically superficial.




© Tim Tom

“pissing everywhere is not very CHANEL” – a collaboration between SUPERAMAS & Malika Fankha – will premiere at imagetanz Festival 2017 in the course of the inheritance project.

Preshowing (opening of festival) March 3rd, 2017 at Kunsthalle Karlsplatz


Full-length version March 21st, 2017 at brut wien.


How come – despite society’s greater openness and diversity – gender stereotypes are so reluctant to change? The straight, white, middle-class male with a textile phallus around his neck is still ruling the world, most language uses the masculine form as a default setting unless it is clearly pointed out that the opposite is the case. Even in LGBT circles it is common to rely on classical role models and clichés to position oneself in the colorful field of non-conformist individuals.

In her subjective reenactment of SUPERAMAS’ show “Superamas Local” (1999), Fankha deals with the material created by a male body, its male thoughts and actions and works with an expanded notion of identity by blurring, transforming, twisting and ignoring predefined conditions and inherited ideas. The narrative evolves around a manufactured auto-fictional persona whose driving force is shifting seamlessly between personal history, metaphysical theories and customized utopia of everyday life.