Photographs: TANK © Ilner Katja, Axel Lambrette

TANK


Artist: Doris Uhlich
Country: Austria
Type: Dance / Performance
Year of Creation: 2019

In TANK, created in collaboration with the artist Boris Kopeinig, the Austrian choreographer Doris Uhlich explores the question of 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 area of experimentation and object of reconstruction.

The motif of the tank has been a major 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 scenographic arrangement of the modified body. The tank stands for the isolation of unknown and dangerous life forms. In Doris Uhlich’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. 

CREDITS

Concept
Doris Uhlich, Boris Kopeinig

Choreography, Performance
Doris Uhlich

Dramaturgical collaboration
Adam Czirak
Yoshie Maruoka


Sound
Boris Kopeinig

Text
Boris Kopeinig
Doris Uhlich

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

Body objects 
Devi Saha

Light
Sergio Pessanha

Technical support
Gerald Pappenberger

Production
Marijeta Karlovic-Graf
Margot Wehinger
Sebastian Lorenz


Co-production 
tanzhaus nrw
ImPulsTanz and insert (Theaterverein)

Distribution
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.

GENERAL NOTE

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.