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Dec 2022 /Jan 2023


Dec 2022 /Jan 2023

HABITAT / HALLE E (pandemic version) by Doris Uhlich

In the original version of Habitat / Halle E – which first premiered last autumn – the naked bodies of 120 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 pandemic. However, Doris Uhlich is prepared to accept this challenge, to find out where and how this utopia can still exist in times of Covid-19. What does the impossibility of physical intimacy mean? The performers – in this version there are only 41 – celebrate their unity in diversity, even while being socially distanced. The bodies are in search of real, communal experiences and create opportunities to connect with the collective energy. Habitat remains to be an unashamed hymn on the naked body that takes us beyond cultural inscriptions and normative beauty ideals. The body will not be reduced to a fetishized object, but we will encounter it in its materiality and it will thereby be shown in all its glory, mass and fragility.


This “pandemic version” of Habitat will not only adhere to the Covid-19 regulations but it will take them as a starting point to find new ways of connecting with each other.


Habitat / Halle E pandemic version © Alexi Pelekanos


Habitat / Halle E pandemic version © Alexi Pelekanos


Habitat / Halle E pandemic version © Alexi Pelekanos


Habitat / Halle E pandemic version © Alexi Pelekanos


Habitat / Halle E pandemic version © Alexi Pelekanos


Habitat / Halle E pandemic version © Alexi Pelekanos








Habitat / Halle E © Eva Würdinger


Habitat / Halle E © Theresa Rauter


Habitat / Halle E © Theresa Rauter


Habitat / Halle E © Theresa Rauter




Doris Uhlich has developed her own projects since 2006. The choreographer’s work frequently focuses on examining everyday gestures but also artificial ones, such as the strict code of movement of classical ballet in SPITZE (2008) and Come Back (2012). All her performances are investigations into beauty ideals and standards of body image. Since her performance more than naked (2013), Doris Uhlich has also been working on the depiction of nudity free from ideology and provocation. Music – particularly electronic dance music, from new wave to techno – plays an important part in her explorations.


The production Every Body Electric, which premiered at Tanzquartier Wien in 2018, was this year invited to the Venice Dance Biennale and to the Bienal Sesc de Dança in São Paulo among others. This was followed by her solo TANK at ImPulsTanz 2019, which will also be shown in a site-specific version at Naturhistorisches Museum in February 2021. In the autumn of 2019, Uhlich’s Habitat was the first production of a local choreographer in the history of TQW to be presented in Halle E. Her latest piece at TQW was stuck, a study on immobility and standstill, which was linked to earlier works of Uhlich through its minimalist choreographic approach and metaphorically charged imagery.





Habitat / Halle E pandemic version


3rd and 4th October, 2020


Tanzquartier Wien





Concept, choreography
Doris Uhlich


Oliver Arnold, Jonas Becker, Eleonora Ciani, Manuela Deac, Florian Decker, Lukas Froschauer, Verena Giesinger, Doris Haidvogl, Marie Handl, Veronika Harb, Fiona Hauser, Sophia Hörmann, Stefanie Hörmanseder, Sarah Horvath, Christina Hurt, Klaus Lengefeld, Karin Lux, Noa Molato, Ann Muller, Iris Omari Ansong, Lukas Pollhammer, Florian Reither, Thomas Richter, Vera Rosner-Nogel, Alina Schaller, Marie Schmitz, Mim Schneider, Moritz Schöll, Ursula Schönherr, Manaho Shimokawa, Fio Sierwald, Valentino Skarwan, Ulla Stahlstadt, Maritina Theodοrou, Indra Tjoa, Živa Vavpotič, Barbara Vörös, Patrick Wolf, Michael Wolloch, Michael Würmer


Boris Kopeinig


Light design
Sergio Pessanha


Dramaturgical consultants
Theresa Rauter, Sebastian Lorenz


Body tanks
Proper Space (Juliette Collas, Zarah Brandl)


Clothing production, custom tailoring
Mick Hennig


Sebastian Lorenz


Margot Wehinger


Press, communication
Jonathan Hörnig


International distribution
Something Great (Berlin)


A coproduction by Tanzquartier Wien and insert Tanz und Performance GmbH. With support from the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna. Project partners of the Habitat performance series are: donaufestival (Krems), ImPulsTanz (Vienna) in cooperation with Vienna Secession, Tanzquartier Wien.