In her solo performance developed in collaboration with DJ and video artist Boris Kopeinig, Austrian choreographer Doris Uhlich looks into the question of how new technologies are changing the way we think about the body.
The focal point of the piece is a tank built by the Berlin collective Proper Space. Its shape resembling an oversized test tube, the body can be presented in this container as a field for experimentation and as an object of conversion. The tank trope has featured prominently in science-fiction since the latter half of the 20th century and stands for the isolation of unknown, dangerous life-forms. In Doris Uhlich’s performance, it becomes a place of studying and testing bodily transformations.
Since the stage version of TANK (world premiere 2019, tanzhaus nrw), Doris Uhlich and Boris Kopeinig have developed site-specific versions of this piece. TANK site specific was first performed at the Department of Anthropology of the Natural History Museum in Vienna, where Doris Uhlich moved about the history of humankind. TANK will next be featured at the Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum’s permanent art history exhibition as part of INNSBRUCK INTERNATIONAL, performed from the center of the Leopold Fountain alongside its original mythological figures.
Conception Doris Uhlich, Boris Kopeinig
Choreography, Performance Doris Uhlich
DJ/Sound Boris Kopeinig
Dramaturgical collaboration Adam Czirak, Yoshie Maruoka
Text Boris Kopeinig, Doris Uhlich
Tank Proper Space (Angela Ribera, Konstanze Grotkopp, Juliette Collas)
Light Gerald Pappenberger, Sergio Pessanha
Production Margot Wehinger
Internationale Distribution Something Great, www. somethinggreat.de
Thanks to Karin Harrasser und Marian Kaiser
Premiere 17/11/2021 Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna
Coproduction tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, ImPulsTanz Vienna, brut Vienna