“more than naked “

VABA LAVA lavastus Theatre, Dance

Organiser Vaba Lava

Why would anyone undress on stage?

What can a naked body say?

What can twenty naked bodies say?

…always already say?

…still say?

…say again?

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!” 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

This event is made by INTPA – INTERNATIONAL NET FOR DANCE AND PERFORMANCE AUSTRIA of Tanzquartier Wien with funds by BKA and BMEIA.

insert (Theaterverein) is subsidised by the cultural department of Vienna and the bmu:kk.

Doris Uhlich (born 1977) is a renowned Austrian choreographer and performance artist, who has created her own productions since 2006. In her work, Uhlich is questioning our understandings of corporeality and gender.

Duration 60 min



  • Choreography Doris Uhlich
  • Artistic advisor Yoshie Maruoka
  • Dramaturgical collaborator Christine Standfest
  • Light Nadja Räikkä
  • Sound Gerald Pappenberger
  • Production Christine Sbaschnigg & Theresa Rauter
  • Co-production ImPulsTanz & insert (Theaterverein), Vaba Lava and Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava

Sveta Grigorjeva, Barbara Lehtna, Linda Vaher, Kerti Kass, Karolin Poska, Katrin Kubber, Mari-Liis Pruul, Kaie Küünal, Siim Tõniste, Kadri Sirel, Liisa Chrislin Saleh, Sigrid Savi, Viktor Aspel, Kaarel Kütas