© Theresa Rauter

 

 

more than naked 

 

Why would anyone undress on stage?

What can a naked body say?

What can twenty naked bodies say?

...always already say?

...still say?

...say again?


In more than naked, twenty naked dancers make their flesh wiggle, wobble, and crack. Their bodies slap against each other, sweating and snapping to dance floor hits and lavish sounds. Twenty people on stage are more than a group - they are a society. And this society sets itself in motion. As the movement unfolds, Doris Uhlich stands on stage, DJing to the whole event the motto being “Let’s party our body!” more than naked manages to bring to the stage nakedness free of ideology and provocation. Doris Uhlich was already occupied with making “her flesh” swing in her previous piece more then enough. In the process, she developed a fat-dance technique. more than naked is a consistent continuation of this concern with body discourses, and it blasts away conventional ideas of body, dance, and nakedness with tremendous subversiveness.

 

“In a way, on-stage nakedness recovers its innocence here, an innocence it never had.” Martin Thomas Pesl/nachtkritik

 

“What these bodies do has more to do with a game based on relaxed nakedness than with a numb provocation. It has wit, allows for discursive wrinkles, and gives one the feeling that cultural regulations are not written into eternity.” Helmut Ploebst/Der Standard

 

“My flesh is having fun.” A dancer in the project

 

“We embed the world in our thought and in our bodies, in our flesh. When you make your flesh move, you’re also making those embedded things move, because you’re moving the here and now.” Doris Uhlich

 

The dancers in the project were participants of a workshop, also titled more than naked, that Doris Uhlich gave in 2012 at ImPulsTanz.

 

Choreography Doris Uhlich


Artistic advisor Yoshie Maruoka

Dramaturgical collaborator Christine Standfest

 

With Zinzi Buchanan, Neil Callaghan, Paige Culley, Mihaela Alexandra Dancs, Andreea Maria David, Lucia Di Pietro, Stefanie Eisl, Aleksandar Georgiev, Tova Gerge, Katharina Hölzl, Ofelia Jarl Otega, Costas Kekis, Petros Konnaris, Lilach Livne, Milan Loviska, Aloun Marchal, Andrius Mulokas, Katarzyna Szugajew, Andrew Tay, Doris Uhlich & Thales Weilinger

 

Light Nadja Räikkä Sound Gerald Pappenberger Production Christine Sbaschnigg & Theresa Rauter Co-production ImPulsTanz & insert (Theaterverein)

 

insert (Theaterverein) is subsidised by the cultural department of Vienna and the bmu:kk.

 

Premiere August 2013, ImPulsTanz / International Dance Festival Vienna

 

 

Photos

The images can be printed free of charge when indicating the photo credit (Andrea Salzmann or Theresa Rauter).