Photographs: Habitat / pandemic version, general rehearsal at Tanzquartier Wien, October 2020 © Alexi Pelekanos
Habitat / pandemic version
Artist: Doris Uhlich
Year of Creation: 2020
What does the impossibility of physical intimacy mean? In the original version of Habitat, the naked bodies of people slap, vibrate and clash with each other to the sound of electronic and abstract techno tracks. Such a utopian place, where bodies can freely interact, touch each other's sweaty skin and breath together, seems far, far away in view of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
In Habitat / pandemic version a group of performers celebrate their unity in diversity, even while being socially distanced. Their bodies are in search of real, communal experiences and create opportunities to connect with the collective energy. Habitat / pandemic version remains to be an unashamed hymn on the naked body that takes us beyond cultural inscriptions and normative beauty ideals. This „pandemic version“ of Habitat not only adheres to the Covid-19 regulations but takes them as a starting point to find new ways of connecting with each other.
(Juliette Collas, Zarah Brandl)
insert Tanz und Performance GmbH
Cultural Department of the City of Vienna
Doris Uhlich’s Habitat is a site-specific performance that is developed in different places and with a big number of local performers, professionals and non-professionals. 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.