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.
Conception Doris Uhlich, Boris Kopeinig
Choreography, Performance Doris Uhlich
Dramaturgical collaboration Adam Czirak, Yoshie Maruoka
DJ Boris Kopeinig
Text Boris Kopeinig, Doris Uhlich
Tank Proper Space (Angela Ribera, Konstanze Grotkopp, Juliette Collas)
Light Sergio Pessanha
Technical support Gerald Pappenberger
Production Margot Wehinger
Press, Communication Jonathan Hörnig
International Distribution Something Great
Thanks to Karin Harrasser, Marian Kaiser
Premiere 14/03/2019 tanzhaus nrw / Düsseldorf
Austrian Premiere 12/07/2019 ImPulsTanz / Wien
Coproduction tanzhaus nrw / Düsseldorf, ImPulsTanz / Vienna, brut Vienna and insert (Theaterverein)
insert (Theaterverein) is funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.