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Ismael Ivo & Grupo BIBLIOTECA DO CORPO "Black/Out" © Karolina Miernik
Ismael Ivo & Grupo BIBLIOTECA DO CORPO "Black/Out" © Karolina Miernik


08 July–13 August 2017 in Zurich and Vienna
Application deadline: 15 May 2017

The BIBLIOTECA DO CORPO® education project was developed by international choreographer Ismael Ivo as a special method to coach and train young professionals individually and allow them to reach their personal level of excellence as dancers and artists. For more than five weeks in summer, the students will gather in Vienna, Austria and Zurich, Switzerland. Within the frame of the prestigious ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, they will train and research, rehearse and create – in the most outstanding dance studios of Europe. Part of the education project is creating a performance choreographed and directed by Ismael Ivo. Before the actual start of the Vienna experience, the students go through an intensive phase of individual coaching at the renowned Tanzwerk101 Zurich which is also home to the first College of Professional Education and Training Degree in contemporary and urban stage dance. Artistic director Ismael Ivo (biography), the teachers and assistants guarantee the highest standards of education.


Period I: Zurich
Switzerland 08–14 July 2017

Period II + III: Vienna
Austria 15 July–13 August 2017

08 July: Arrival of the students in Zurich
09 July: General meeting with the artistic director and the coach
09–13 July: Investigation & research with Ismael Ivo & Francesca Harper plus Improvisation technology classes & Forsythe vocabulary
14 July: Open doors presentation in Zurich
15 July: Transfer from Zurich to Vienna
16 July: participation in <<impressions' 17>> - opening of the ImPulsTanz workshop festival
17–30 July: ImPulsTanz workshops & international performances
31 July–11 August: Rehearsals and coachin of the project in Vienna
12 August: public presentation at ImPulsTanz
13 August: Departure from Vienna



Phase I
Ismael Ivo and coach Francesca Harper (amongst others ballet consultant for the movie Black Swan) will share their knowledge and expertise with BIBLIOTECA DO CORPO® students. All classes include the entire group in order to create a sense of togetherness. Phase I benefits from the artistic, inspiring and beautiful facilities of Tanzwerk101 Zurich.

Phase II
In Vienna, the BIBLIOTECA DO CORPO® students will profit from an individual education plan inside of the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival – personalised and chosen for each student by Ismael Ivo. In phase II, the plan includes three different workshops daily in the first week, and a full-day Field Project plus technique workshop in the second week. During this part of the education programme, several different international masters will coach the students individually. Furthermore the students will have the opportunity to see 18 important dance performances live.

Phase III
Ismael Ivo will develop an original choreography with the students. Rehearsals will be personally conducted by Ismael Ivo. The students will perform the result of their research and investigation in a final showing presentation at the renowned ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna.


Akram Khan Repertory

Forsythe Repertory & Improvisation Technologies

Ultima Vez Vocabulary

Afro Fusion

Ballet for Contemporary Dancers

Rosas Repertory


Modern Technique

The project partners

Tanzwerk101 – the place to be for passionate dancers of all styles and levels. The skills and capabilities of talented and experienced dance professionals as well as the versatile and widely oriented variety of classes for hobby dancers merge to form the largest dance institution in Switzerland. Next to the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste with 5,000 students in the field of arts, Tanzwerk101 offers eight beautiful new studios and one big event hall on 2,300 square meters. From stage dance for beginners and masterclasses for professionals to the first College of Professional Education and Training Degree in contemporary and urban stage dance – Tanzwerk101 stands for education of the highest quality.

ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival
Founded in 1984 by Karl Regensburger and Ismael Ivo, ImPulsTanz has become one of the most distinguished festivals for contemporary dance worldwide. Companies and artists such as the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris, DV8 Physical Theatre, Cie. Marie Chouinard, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas, Akram Khan, Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez and Ismael Ivo present their pieces in Vienna’s famous theatres. The workshop programme offers over 200 different classes and workshops by around 150 international teachers, welcoming more than 3,000 students in Europe’s most breathtaking studios.


Total fee: € 4,950.-

Fee includes

  • All special BIBLIOTECA DO CORPO® workshops
  • 5 ImPulsTanz workshops
  • 1 ImPulsTanz Field Project or 2 more workshops
  • 18 tickets for ImPulsTanz performances
  • Choreography project by Ismael Ivo
  • Accommodation in Vienna and Zurich
  • Open doors presentation in Zurich
  • Final presentation of the project at ImPulsTanz

Fee does not include

  • Travel expenses
  • Visa costs
  • Health insurance costs & application
  • per diem / food expenses

Application details

Application deadline: 15 May 2017
BIBLIOTECA DO CORPO® is open for 18–30 years old professionals and candidates with a solid dance education (academic and non-academic). The number of participants is limited to 30 students. The candidates will be informed about their participation by the end of May the latest. The participants will be selected personally by Ismael Ivo.
The application should consist of a letter of motivation, a short CV, a portrait photo and some dance photos, a video link to a previous work. Dancers who already participated in BIBLIOTECA DO CORPO® project in the past are welcome to submit their renewed interest to join the project
again. In this case a letter of motivation is sufficient.
Please send all your documents together with the application form as pdf and in English to Applications will only be processed on receipt of all required documents. Please check this website for regular updates.


Upon receiving your application materials, we will be glad to supply you with an official invitation letter and support your endeavors with funding applications, grants and financial support.

For questions or further information, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone +43.1.523 55 58-12 from Monday to Friday, 11:00 to 18:00 (CET) or via e-mail

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