At the limits of physical limitation: a dialogue between humans and an electronic wheelchair.
People with physical disabilities are not usually associated with energy or ecstasy; they’d sooner be linked with implosion rather than explosion, with inaction rather than progress. In Ravemachine, perceptions of physical limitation are turned inside out. Doris Uhlich invites fellow dancer/choreographer Michael Turinsky, who uses an electric wheelchair, to join her in investigating how their different bodies react to energy and ecstasy.
What kind of movements (re-)charge Michael with energy? What happens to his body as the batteries are slowly recharged?
Doris samples and amplifies the sounds of the electric wheelchair, turning them into techno beats. Michael in turn transforms that energy into movement. A captivating dialogue ensues between human and machine, ecstasy and formlessness, charging and release.
In RAVEMACHINE, two different bodies meet and influence one another, swapping stimuli and expanding on their physical biographies.
‘We shape the dynamics of energy.’ - Michael Turinsky
‘We search for movements loading the body up like a battery. Theatre is all about sharing, transforming and exchanging energies between all elements - performers, audience, machines and sounds.’ - Doris Uhlich
Choreography: Doris Uhlich / Performance: Michael Turinsky & Doris Uhlich / Light: Gerald Pappenberger / Sound advisor: Boris Kopeinig.
Production Theresa Rauter & Christine Sbaschnigg / insert (Theaterverein), Co-production brut, WUK performing arts & insert (Theaterverein).