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

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. At the centre of the play is a 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. This opens up a dynamic, elastic space in which to reflect.

“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”.
(Christian Oscar Gazsi Laki, Westdeutsche Zeitung)


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 (for Site Specific Version)
Devi Saha

Sergio Pessanha

Technical support
Gerald Pappenberger

Marijeta Karlovic-Graf, Margot Wehinger, Sebastian Lorenz

International Distribution
Something Great

Thanks to
Karin Harrasser and Marian Kaiser

tanzhaus nrw
ImPulsTanz and insert (Theaterverein).

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.


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.