Die Tödliche Doris — Tanz im Quadrat, 1981.

Die Tödliche Doris (Deadly Doris; a pun on tödliche Dosis, meaning lethal dose) was a performance art and music group based in West Berlin from 1980 to 1987. It was founded by band members Wolfgang Müller (1957– ) and Nikolaus Utermöhlen (1958–1996) and later joined by Käthe Kruse (1958–) Chris Dreier, Dagmar Dimitroff and Tabea Blumenschein.


Die Tödliche Doris was part of the Geniale Dilletanten (Ingenious Dilletantes) movement, a merger of the new wave and post-punk scene, which combined influences like Frieder Butzmann, Einstürzende Neubauten and Malaria!. The head of the band, author, musician and artist Wolfgang Müller, wrote the book Geniale Dilletanten (Ingenious Dilletantes) for the MERVE publishing house. This was known for the first German publisher of French postmodern philosophers.

Rather than constructing a consistent identity, typically essential for pop music groups, Die Tödliche Doris challenged the notion of «convention» or «stereotype». Instead, they tried with each music piece and production not to follow a «style» or «image». Inspired by the post-structuralism of Baudrillard, Foucault, Guattarri and Lyotard, Die Tödliche Doris want to deConstruct ![sic] a sculpture, made by sounds. This musical, amusical or non-musical invisible sculpture should become the body of Doris itself.

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