6 June 2013

Doris Uhlich

Rising Swan


“Beautiful.” Falter

“This swan wears boots, a leather jacket, and a helmet with visor. Logical actually. When Doris Uhlich says Rising Swan, you can expect that she reshapes the noble long-necked bird into a critical metaphor.” Der Standard

This swan is nowhere near dead! Doris Uhlich’s solo Rising Swan takes Michel Fokine’s choreography The Dying Swan as its point of departure; the revolutionary expressive ballet first premiered in 1907 with Anna Pavlova, making her a world-famous star. The up and down of the swan, the sheer force of the flap of its wings and its resistance to foundering – all of which Pavlova expressed in her solo – take on new form in Rising Swan. Doris Uhlich brings the choreography into the present and combines it with personal memories of departures and downfalls. “For me, Anna Pavlova is a pop figure at the start of the twentieth century. Her Dying Swan lasted just three minutes, was performed for thousands of people in music halls. The swan represents downfall, but also a crossover into a new world, new visions. The combination of pop and ballet brings me to a question: which visions and which zest for life hide in popular songs that have accompanied me since childhood? Feel the city breaking and everybody shaking, we are staying alive! Maybe, but maybe not.” Doris Uhlich

Choreography, performance Doris Uhlich Dramaturgy Andrea Salzmann, Yoshie Maruoka Artistic advisor Judith Staudinger Production Christine Sbaschnigg Video luma.launisch

A co-production of Doris Uhlich/insert Theaterverein, and brut Wien. In co-operation with K3 – Centre for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg. Residency as part of “Re-Imagining Utopia in New York City”/New York (Movement Research, Austrian Cultural Forum N.Y., Tanzquartier Vienna). With support from the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Austria’s Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.

€ 14/€ 8/€ 6 with the brutkarte*

3 for 2! Come see all three performances (SPITZE, Rising Swan, Come Back) and only pay for two!

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