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Habitat 


Doris Uhlich’s biggest choreography in open space to date. The naked bodies of 120 people flick, vibrate and slap against each other to electronic sounds and abstract techno tracks. The performers celebrate their unity in diversity. As individuals and as a crowd at the same time they conquer the space in a choreography that is captivating, highly energetic and, at times, collectively reposing. The space it is transformed into a “habitat” full of unexpected life forms – the audience moves about freely in the available space. Habitat transcends conventional ideas of the body, of dance and of nakedness in a subversive manner. Habitat is a utopia. A shameless but also a free-of-shame hymn to a naked body beyond cultural inscriptions and conventional ideals of beauty. The body is not devalued to the level of a fetish, an object; and carnality is neither metaphorically nor poetically ideologised but understood in a material sense and is therefore presented in all its mass and weight yet also in its fragility.

Habitat can be developed in different places within 2-3 weeks with local people. Doris Uhlich is interested in working with large ensembles, which are developed temporarily at specific places in order to transform dance into a collective ritual.

CREDITS

Concept, Choreography
Doris Uhlich

Dramaturgical consultant
Theresa Rauter

Choreographic realisation with
Robyn/Hugo Le Brigand, Milan Loviška, Mzamo Nondlwana, Liv Schellander, Katharina Senk

Performance
120 performers 

Special Guest
August Schram

DJ
Boris Kopeinig

Light Design
Gerald Pappenberger, Jan Wagner

Headpieces

Zarah Brandl

Coproduction
Tanzquartier Wien & insert (Theaterverein)

Production
Margot Wehinger, Theresa Rauter

Press, Communication
Jonathan Hörnig

Production assistants
Johanna Kreft, Sebastian Lorenz

International Distribution
Something Great (Berlin - DE)

insert (Theaterverein) is funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna and the Federal Chancellery of Austria.



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