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TANK is a solo performance by Doris Uhlich in collaboration with Boris Kopeinig on the subject of the human body and new technologies. At the center of the performance stands a tank built by the Berlin collective Proper Space. In the tank, the body can be shown as a field of experimentation and as an object of modification. This motif - known from science fiction, which repeatedly appears as a scenic representation of body modifications from Test Tube Girls in the 1950s to films such as Alien: Resurrection - usually symbolizes the isolation of unknown and dangerous life forms. In Doris Uhlich's performance, the tank is becoming a place of study and experimentation on body transformations.

The piece has a cinematic, pictorial character, and the body material evolves from cinematic, robotic, biotechnological and medical association chain. TANK is a performance about technological promises of happiness, about the future of the body, its austerity, but also its decisivness. With its transparent walls, the tank appears as a magnifying glass in which a dynamic and elastic space for reflection opens up.

As has often been the case, Doris Uhlich throws her body into the field of social discourse, mirroring in it representation, criticism, proximity and distance in equal measure. With humor and the utmost naturalness, she leads us to the existential questions of human existence and its place in an increasingly digitized and technological world. And in today’s increasingly polarizing discussion culture, it is to her credit that she gives no answers.
by Anja K. Arend, tanznetz.de

Doris Uhlich's performance "Tank" is disturbing and ingenious. A shudder, a certain fear of the dangerous something that grows up in this foggy, murky tube (built by the collective Proper Space) already affects the viewer. Also, very real. And yet, the whole scenery has something very aesthetic, artfully minimalistic, which will, as the performance continues, gain more weight only to be destroyed soon.
by Christian Oscar Gazsi Laki, Westdeutsche Zeitung

Conception Doris Uhlich, Boris Kopeinig
Choreography, Performance Doris Uhlich
Dramaturgical collaboration Adam Czirak, Yoshie Maruoka
DJ Boris Kopeinig
Text Boris Kopeinig, Doris Uhlich
Tank Proper Space (Angela Ribera, Konstanze Grotkopp, Juliette Collas)
Body objects (for Site Specific Version) Devi Saha
Light Sergio Pessanha
Technical support Gerald Pappenberger
Press, Communication Jonathan Hörnig
Production Marijeta Karlovic-Graf, Sebastian Lorenz, Margot Wehinger
International Distribution Something Great

Thanks to Karin Harrasser and Marian Kaiser.

Co-produced by tanzhaus nrw / Dusseldorf, ImPulsTanz / Vienna, brut Vienna and insert (Theaterverein).

Premiere 14/03/2019 tanzhaus nrw / Dusseldorf
Further performance 15/03/2019

Austrian premiere 12/07/2019 ImPulsTanz / Wien
Further performance 14/07/2019

insert (Theaterverein) is funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.


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