The performance presented as a part of International Festival New Europe.
What does the impossibility of physical intimacy mean? In the original version of Habitat, the naked bodies of people slap, vibrate and clash with each other to the sound of electronic and abstract techno tracks. Such a utopian place, where bodies can freely interact, touch each other's sweaty skin and breath together, seems far, far away in view of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
In Habitat / pandemic version a group of performers celebrate their unity in diversity, even while being socially distanced. Their bodies are in search of real, communal experiences and create opportunities to connect with the collective energy. Habitat / pandemic version remains to be an unashamed hymn on the naked body that takes us beyond cultural inscriptions and normative beauty ideals. This „pandemic version“ of Habitat not only adheres to the Covid-19 regulations but takes them as a starting point to find new ways of connecting with each other.
Doris Uhlich (Austria, 1977) has been developing her own projects since 2006. Many of her performances have at their centre the investigations of beauty ideals and the perception of standard body image. Known for her “philosophy of flesh”, she uses nudity free from ideology and provocation, and explores the limits of physical and spacial energy output. Music, particularly electronic techno music, plays a key role in her explorations.
Concept, Choreography: Doris Uhlich
Dramaturgical consultant: Theresa Rauter
Choreographic realisation with: Robyn/Hugo Le Brigand, Milan Loviška, Liv Schellander, Katharina Senk
DJ: Boris Kopeinig
Light Design: Gerald Pappenberger, Jan Wagner
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
photo: Theresa Rauter