Gootopia – The Treatment is all about goo, acting on stage both as a performer and as material.
In this show, the goo is allowed to play: on, in, between the bodies. Guided by the performers, the audience will be able to get in touch, physically, with various mucous substances and immerse themselves in the vitality of material processes. Thus creating ever new connections, bodily limits will melt, opening associative spaces for new, slimy, utopian life forms.
In Gootopia – The Treatment, Doris Uhlich’s performance first presented at Tanzquartier Wien in 2021 finds its logical continuation. This time, the choreographer, while still focusing on key motifs such as the exploration of links between people as well as between people and non-human agents, the shifting of bodily limits and the immersion in mucus, now adds the element of audience interaction. Attendants will have the opportunity to get in touch, physically, with various mucous substances. In addition to working with goo themselves, the performers will also act as guides leading visitors to stations across the performance space where they will receive treatments in a workshop-like atmosphere.
Being both material and actor, the mucus will perform on, in, and between bodies. Humans and goo will touch, connect, mingle, form alliances. As ever new connections form, bodily limits melt, opening associative spaces for new, slimy, utopian life forms. Doris Uhlich has been pondering how our bodies are in permanent contact and exchange with other bodies and life forms. Her Gootopia – The Treatment is an attempt to open up an ambivalent plane between horror and fascination, empathy and repulsion, allowing the audience to immerse themselves in the vitality of material processes.
Doris Uhlich is an Austrian choreographer and performer. In her productions, she often puts established formats and body images to the test. For example, she works with people with different backgrounds and physical bodies, demonstrates the potential of nudity beyond sexualisation and provocation, examines the relationship between humans and machines in manifold ways, and tackles the future of the human body in the age of surgical and genetic perfectionism. Doris Uhlich has received numerous awards and accolades. www.dorisuhlich.at
Choreography Doris Uhlich Performers Pêdra Costa, Ann Muller, Andrius Mulokas, Mani Obeya, Camilla Schielin, Grete Smitaite, Hugo Le Brigand Special guests Adil Embaby, Nerea González, Theo Krausz, Mim Schneider, Vera Rosner, Živa Vavpotič Set design Juliette Collas Material research Juliette Collas, Philomena Theuretzbacher Sound Boris Kopeinig Lighting design Leticia Skrycky Set constructor and lighting consultant Marco Tölzer Social media Esther Brandl Company management, production Margot Wehinger International distribution Something Great
A co-production by Schauspiel Leipzig Residenz and insert Tanz und Performance GmbH.
Funded by the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
Gootopia – The Treatment is a Durational Performance. Purchased tickets entitle the holder to admission within the selected time slot. The admission time of a slot is half an hour. Visitors can then stay in the room as long as they wish
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna
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