With her body and her mind, Uhlich focuses on the future, her own as well as ours. In TANK she shows how the body will react to digitalization, biotechnologies and computer-operated machines. She herself is an experimental object when she dances her own impressive vision of this future.
Ditta Rudle, tanzschrift.at, 14 July 2019
conception, text, choreography and performing Doris Uhlich
conception, text and DJ Boris Kopeinig
dramaturgical collaboration Adam Czirak, Yoshie Maruoka
Tank Proper Space (Angela Ribera, Konstanze Grotkopp, Juliette Collas)
light design Sergio Pessanha
Premiere 14 March 2019
In cooperation with the Österreichisches Kulturforum Prag.
Supported by DOTA – A project by Tanzquartier Wien in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs
Doris Uhlich (1977), one of the currently most renowned Austrian choreographers, often challenges the conventional portrayal of the body in her work. She questions and thematizes the western beauty ideal as well as the naturalness of the body and the norms that help shape the notion about our own bodies. She also works with people with a different physiognomy and physical inscription – she opens the dance world to people with a physical disability. Uhlich also boldly demonstrates the potentials of nakedness beyond eroticism and provocation. In her Habitat series, she performed with a group of naked performers in the Dominican Church in Krems or at popular tourist spots in Vienna – in front of the façade of the Vienna Secession and at the former Winter Riding School of the Habsburg Monarchy (in Museumsquartier), which was – with its 120 performers – her biggest show so far.
In her works, Uhlich investigates the relationship between the human being and the machine at different levels or explores the future of the human body in the age of its surgical and genetic perfection. Electronic music – from new wave to techno – plays an irreplaceable role in her creative process.
Doris Uhlich studied pedagogy of contemporary dance at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien and since 2006 has been developing her own projects. She made her mark already with one of her early choreographies, the first part of the later trilogy called SPITZE, where she confronted the ideology of classical dance in a rather nonconformist way and which brought her the title Dancer of 2008 by the German specialist magazine tanz. She was awarded the title Dance and Choreographer of the Year four other times by this journal.
Together with the dancer Michael Turinsky, Doris Uhlich won the Nestroy Special Prize for the Ravemachine performance (2016) for “inclusion on an equal footing”. The production Every Body Electric (2018) was shortlisted for the prestigious dance festivals: Venice Biennale Danza as well as Bienal Sesc de Dança in São Paulo.
She is currently signed under 26 dance projects as a choreographer. She is based in TanzQuartier Wien, but as an artist and lecturer, tours the entire world.
photo Katja Ilner