more than naked
Why would anyone undress on stage in the year 2014?
What can a naked body say?
What can twenty naked bodies say?
(Always) already say?
Say in addition to?
In “more than naked”, twenty naked dancers make their flesh wiggle, wobble, and crack. Their bodies slap against each other, sweating and snapping to dance floor hits and lavish sounds. Twenty people on stage are more than a group — they are a society. And this society sets itself in motion. As the movement unfolds, Doris Uhlich stands on stage, DJing to the whole event the motto being “Let’s party our body, let´s rock the flesh!” more than naked manages to bring to the stage nakedness free of ideology and provocation. Doris Uhlich was already occupied with making “her flesh” swing in her previous piece “more then enough”. In the process, she developed a fat-dance technique. “more than naked” is a consistent continuation of this concern with body discourses, and it blasts away conventional ideas of body, dance, and nakedness with tremendous subversiveness.
“In a way, on-stage nakedness recovers its innocence here, an innocence it never had.” (Martin Thomas Pesl/nachtkritik)
“What these bodies do has more to do with a game based on relaxed nakedness than with a numb provocation. It has wit, allows for discursive wrinkles, and gives one the feeling that cultural regulations are not written into eternity.” (Helmut Ploebst/Der Standard)
“My flesh is having fun.” (A dancer in the project)
“We embed the world in our thought and in our bodies, in our flesh. When you make your flesh move, you’re also making those embedded things move, because you’re moving the here and now.” (Doris Uhlich)
- About Doris Uhlich
Doris Uhlich, born 1977 in Austria, Degree in “Pedagogy for Contemporary Dance“ / from Conservatory of Vienna, member of theatercombinat 2002-2009, own projects since 2006, “Remarkable Emerging Choreographer“ in the Yearbook of Ballettanz 2008, dance prize of bm:ukk (ministery of education, art and culture) for “SPITZE” 2008, “Dancer Of The Year” in the journal “tanz” 2011, “award outstanding artist 2013” in the category performing arts of bm:ukk (ministery of education, art and culture). Selected previous works: “SPITZE” (2008), “more than enough” (2009), “Rising Swan” (2010), “Come Back” (2012). dorisuhlich.at
Choreography: Doris Uhlich. Dramaturgical collaborator: Christine Standfest. Performance: Zinzi Buchanan, Neil Callaghan, Mihaela Alexandra Dancs, Andreea Maria David, Ewa Dziarnowska, Lucia Di Pietro, Stefanie Eisl, Aleksandar Georgiev, Tova Gerge, Katharina Hölzl, Ofelia Jarl Ortega, Costas Kekis, Petros Konnaris, Lilach Livne, Milan Loviska, Andrius Mulokas, Katarzyna Szugajew, Andrew Tay, Thales Weilinger & Sebastian Zuber. Production: Christine Sbaschnigg & Theresa Rauter (Theaterverein) & ImPulsTanz Vienna. With the support of WUK perfoming arts. The dancers in the project were participants in the more than naked workshop, which Doris Uhlich gave in 2012 at ImPulsTanz. The group had the vision of meeting again and collaborating to create the piece more than naked.
- Stockholm Music and Arts festival
MDT presents Doris Uhlich as a part of and in collaboration with the Stockholm Music and Arts festival by Luger. “more than naked” is ongoing all Saturday with performance peaks at 15:00 and 21:00. For more info on the festival please click here.
- More Than Naked
- Doris Uhlich
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