TANK is a solo performance by Doris Uhlich in collaboration with Boris Kopeinig on the subject of the human body and new technologies. At the center of the performance stands a tank built by the Berlin collective Proper Space. In the tank, the body can be shown as a field of experimentation and as an object of modification. This motif – known from science fiction, which repeatedly appears as a scenic representation of body modifications from Test Tube Girls in the 1950s to films such as Alien: Resurrection – usually symbolizes the isolation of unknown and dangerous life forms. In Doris Uhlich’s performance, the tank is becoming a place of study and experimentation on body transformations.
The piece has a cinematic, pictorial character, and the body material evolves from cinematic, robotic, biotechnological and medical association chain. TANK is a performance about technological promises of happiness, about the future of the body, its austerity, but also its decisivness. With its transparent walls, the tank appears as a magnifying glass in which a dynamic and elastic space for reflection opens up.
Concept: Doris Uhlich, Boris Kopeinig
Choreography, Performance: Doris Uhlich
Dramatic collaboration: Adam Czirak, Yoshie Maruoka
DJ: Boris Kopeinig
Text: Boris Kopeinig, Doris Uhlich
Tank: Proper Space (Angela Ribera, Konstanze Grotkopp, Juliette Collas)
Body objects (as part of Site Specific Version): Devi Saha
Light: Sergio Pessanha
Technical support: Gerald Pappenberger
Press, Communication: Jonathan Hörnig
Production: Marijeta Karlovic-Graf, Margot Wehinger
International Distribution: Something Great
Thanks to: Karin Harrasser and Marian Kaiser
Co-production:tanzhaus nrw, ImPulsTanz, brut Wien and insert (Theaterverein).
insert (Theaterverein) is supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.