"TANK" is a solo performance by Viennese choreographer Doris Uhlich in collaboration with DJ Boris Kopeinig on the theme of the body and new technologies.
At the center of the piece is a tank built by the Berlin collective Proper Space. In this container, whose shape is reminiscent of an oversized test tube, the body can be shown as a field of experimentation and as an object of reconstruction. This motif, familiar from science fiction, from "Test Tube Girls" of the 1950s to films such as "Alien: Resurrection," appears again and again as a scenic arrangement of body modifications, usually representing the isolation of unknown and dangerous life forms. In Doris Uhlich's performance, the tank advances to a place for studying and testing body transformations.
"TANK" is a performance about technological promises of happiness, about the future of the body, its being at the mercy of others, but also its unruliness. With its transparent walls, the tank appears like a kind of magnifying glass in which a dynamic and elastic space for reflection opens up. The piece has a cinematic, pictorial character; the body material develops out of cinematic, robotic, biotechnological and medical chains of association.
Doris Uhlich, who has an intensive working relationship with the Schauspiel Leipzig residency, premiered "TANK" at Tanzhaus NRW in Düsseldorf in 2019 and is developing a site-specific version for the Natural History Museum in Vienna together with Boris Kopeinig.
As part of the "Pay Attention!
" series, Uhlich is adapting her work for the legendary spaces of the Leipzig club Institut für Zukunft (IfZ).