Solo performance “TANK”, by and featuring Viennese choreographer and performer Doris Uhlich, is dedicated to the topic of “body 2.0” and the connected, unasked questions for the social dimensions of self-optimisation. What turns a technologically optimised body into an enjoyable body, a body that is content, even happy? And what motivations lie behind the obsession of physical optimisation through new technologies?
At the centre, we see a Tank built by Berlin collective Proper Space as well as body objects designed by Viennese stage designer Devi Saha. In the tank, the body as subject for experimentation and restructuring becomes visible. This motif, a well-known trope from science fiction films, reappearing again and again as a scenic arrangement for body modification, from 1950s “Test Tube Girls” comic books and leading to the “Alien: Resurrection” film, stands for the isolation of unknown and dangerous lifeforms. With Doris Uhlich, winner of multiple awards and among the most sought-after Austrian choreographers, the tank advances to a site of study and of body transformation trials – especially before the backdrop of climate change and growing economical gaps.
Duration: 75 min.
afterwards Concert Les Trucs
Concept: Doris Uhlich, Boris Kopeinig; Choreography, Performance: Doris Uhlich; Dramaturgical Cooperation: Adam Czirak, Yoshie Maruoka; Sound: Boris Kopeinig; Text: Boris Kopeinig, Doris Uhlich; Tank: Proper Space; Bodyobjects: Devi Saha; Light: Sergio Pessanha; Production: Marijeta Karlovic-Graf, Margot Wehinger; International Distribution: Something Great. Thanks to Karin Harrasser and Marian Kaiser. www.dorisuhlich.at www.somethinggreat.de A production by Doris Uhlich, coproduced by tanzhaus nrw and insert (Theaterverein), supported by Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien. A special project in the framework of Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.