Photographs: TANK ©  Katja Ilner,  Konstanze Grotkopp


In TANK, created in collaboration with the artist Boris Kopeinig, the Austrian choreographer Doris Uhlich explores how new technologies change our thinking about the body. The centre of the piece is a glass tank built by the Berlin collective Proper Space. In this container, which looks like an oversized test tube, the body is shown as an experimentation area and an object of reconstruction.

The tank's motif has been a significant theme in science fiction since the second half of the 20th century. From ""Test Tube Girls"" to ""Alien: Resurrection"", it has regularly appeared as a modified body's scenographic arrangement. The tank stands for the isolation of unknown and dangerous life forms. In Doris Uhlich'sUhlich's performance, it advances to a place of study and testing of physical transformations.

The play has a cinematic, image-like character. The physical material develops from associations with cinema, robots, biotechnology and the medical field. TANK is a performance about technological promises of happiness, the future of the body, its exposure, and its finality. With its transparent walls, the tank resembles a magnifying glass.


TANK is produced for stage but can also be presented at site specific locations such as museums, galleries or as urban interventions like outdoor spaces.


Doris Uhlich, Boris Kopeinig

Choreography, Performance
Doris Uhlich

Dramaturgical collaboration
Adam Czirak
Yoshie Maruoka

Boris Kopeinig

Boris Kopeinig
Doris Uhlich

Proper Space (Angela Ribera, Konstanze Grotkopp, Juliette Collas)

Body objects 
Devi Saha

Sergio Pessanha

Technical support
Gerald Pappenberger

Marijeta Karlovic-Graf
Margot Wehinger
Sebastian Lorenz

tanzhaus nrw
ImPulsTanz and insert (Theaterverein)

Something Great

Thanks to
Karin Harrasser and Marian Kaiser

DJ Set Track List:
Time Machines, "Psilocybin"
Electric Indigo, "Ntandathu"
Orphx, "Sever The Signal"
Peter Van Hoesen, "Hollow Eye"

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