"If you feel good about who you are inside, it will radiate" Patti Smith
In Habitat by Doris Uhlich naked bodies flick, vibrate and slap against each other to electronic sounds and abstract techno tracks. The performers celebrate their unity in diversity. As individuals and as a crowd at the same time they conquer the space in a choreography that is captivating, highly energetic and, at times, collectively reposing.
The space is transformed into a “habitat” full of unexpected life forms – the audience moves about freely in the available space. Habitat transcends conventional ideas of the body, of dance and of nakedness in a subversive manner. Habitat is a utopia. A shameless but also a free-of- shame hymn to a naked body beyond cultural inscriptions and conventional ideals of beauty. The body is not devalued to the level of a fetish, an object; and carnality is neither metaphorically nor poetically ideologized but understood in a material sense and is therefore presented in all its mass and weight yet also in its fragility.
concept, choreography Doris Uhlich dramaturgical consultant Theresa Rauter choreographic realisation with Robyn/Hugo Le Brigand, Milan Loviška, Liv Schellander, Katharina Senk performance 35 performers Special Guest August Schram DJ Boris Kopeinig Headpieces Zarah Brandl light design Sanja Gergoric press, communication Jonathan Hörnig production assistants Johanna Kreft, Sebastian Lorenz production Margot Wehinger, Theresa Rauter coproduction Tanzquartier Wien & insert (Theaterverein) distribution Something Great (Berlin - DE) insert (Theaterverein) is funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna and the Federal Chancellery of Austria
Doris Uhlich (Austria, 1977) is a choreographer who has been developing her own projects since 2006. Many of her performances are investigations of beauty ideals and standards of body image, as in mehr als genug (2009), for example. Since her piece more than naked (2013) Doris Uhlich has also been examining the depiction of nudity free from ideology and provocation. Music, particularly techno music, plays an important role in her explorations. Most recently, she presented a naked ensemble rave-dancing at the Order of Friars Minor Conventual church in Krems and in front of the Vienna Secession in the scope of ImPulsTanz. Recently Doris Uhlich and dancer Michael Turinsky have won the prestigious Nestroy Special Award “for inclusion on an equal footing” for the performance Ravemachine (2016).
This performance is part of Frascati Issues: The Gathering