Booking start for 179 workshops & research projects

Finally, after an eventful festival year in 2020, which mainly took place outdoors, we return to our beloved workshop centre Arsenal in 2021 from 15th July to 15th August. A total of 179 workshops and research projects – from Afro-Haitian Dance to a Waxing Gibbous Moon Embodiment Party and Folktrance to Vogue To Everything – in 17 departments by 106 international and Austrian teachers are waiting for you. There is something for everyone: about 95 classes are suitable for beginners, people over 60 as well as for children and teens. Around 90 further courses, including 9 research projects, are aimed at experienced and professional dancers and choreographers. Book your workshop now! MORE

Research Projects: Apply now!

For professional dancers and choreographers, in addition to the 80 workshops, there is also the possibility to apply for process-oriented research projects. There are 9 to choose from: Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion are dedicated to music. Jennifer Lacey wonders how to function in a global pandemic and still be creative. Ian Kaler and Stéphane Peeps Moun unite and share their practices. Tanja Erhart and Katharina Senk explore ableism in dance. Melanie Maar and Edie Nightcrawler deconstruct eroticism in performance. Simon Mayer and Corine Sombrun fuse folk dance and trance. Jule Flierl and Irena Z. Tomažin choreograph the voice. Justin F. Kennedy and Emma Howes analyse trance dance and pour it into a live performance. And with Steven Cohen, inhibitions are dropped. MORE

Shake the Break for Kids & Teens

Sitting still has come to an end: together with Dschungel Wien, we are once again inviting children and teens aged 3.5 to 18 to 12 exciting Shake the Break workshops. Daybee Dorzile, Markus Eggensperger, Ákos Hargitay, Romy Kolb and Attila Zanin take you into the world of hip hop and social dance, Futurelove Sibanda will bring music from his home country Zimbabwe, Suni Löschner, Johanna Figl and Martina Rösler let animals loose and Laura Steinhöfel, Elda Gallo, Sanja Tropp Frühwald and the Künstlerinnenkollektiv KLAUS playfully deal with themes such as love, princesses and the coexistence of humans, animals and nature. MORE

IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education

Also this year we are happy to host – on 31st July and 1st August – the IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education. The symposium, entitled per/mutation. practical and tactical applications in taking care of mortal dancing, brings together everything that has been moving dance forward since the global pandemic began. MORE

A farewell to our friend Ismael Ivo

Shocked and deeply saddened, we have to announce that ImPulsTanz co-founder and dance icon Ismael Ivo passed away on Thursday, 8th April 2021 in São Paulo at the age of 66 from Covid-19. With him, we lose not only a unique friend but also an important voice at ImPulsTanz. We would like to express our greatest admiration for his life’s work and his strength, and we are grateful for his artistic contributions to ImPulsTanz and for his unwavering passion towards the festival and dance in general. It has been an honour to have Ismael at our side – what a wonderful and generous man! MORE

Become part of the festival trailer!

As part of this year’s festival campaign – Being ImPulsTanz – the design studio CIN CIN and the hyped 3D makeup artist Ines Alpha, who has designed spacey AR filters for Dior and artworks for Charli XCX, have created an Instagram face filter exclusively for ImPulsTanz. This way, all those who unfortunately cannot travel to Vienna this summer can be part of the festival – at least virtually. But everyone else is also invited to send us videos with the face filter to We are collecting contributions for our festival trailer until 4th May 2021. We look forward to many videos and have fun! MORE

ImPulsTanz 2021: A parade of premieres and classics

We are back in the new year and are happy to reveal some more highlights for the summer of 2021: Star choreographer Meg Stuart is back with two works – including her latest work CASCADE – at the freshly renovated Volkstheater, Alain Platel will revive his piece Gardenia and with Umwelt by Maguy Marin and No Paraderan by Marco Berrettini two more popular [ImPulsTanz Classics] will be back on stage. In addition, we are once again guests at the Leopold Museum and the mumok - Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna. The workshop department is looking forward to Voguing with Archie Burnett, many Funktastic Jams with Daybee Dorzile, a two-week Research Project with Ian Kaler and Stéphane Peeps Moun and lots more. Find out more here.

Save the Date

Teachers List online: 25th March
Booking and application start workshops and research projects: 15th April
Pre-sale selected performances: 18th May
Pre-sale entire performance programme: 15th June
Festival start: 15th July
To be continued...

TURBO Research Residencies 2021

We are very happy to again offer 2 TURBO Research Residencies during ImPulsTanz 2021 to emerging, Austrian-based artists. Application deadline: 30th April 2021 MORE

DanceAbility Teacher Training

Already for the 8th time, ImPulsTanz and Alito Alessi, founder and director of DanceAbility, offer a DanceAbility Teacher Training. The four-week course (4th–31st July 2021) is aimed at people, who would like to teach integrative groups in dance and movement and to foster inclusive participation. The focus is on basic and playful concepts as well as exercises for movement studies and improvisation, planning and conducting classes and guiding performances. In addition, open classes offer participants the opportunity to conceptualise and try out lessons themselves. Registration deadline: 15th May 2021 MORE

New training programme: Embodied Myoreflex Therapy

For the first time, we are pleased to offer a new training programme in the field of therapeutic and educational movement practice. The programme, based on two modules and led by Kurt Mosetter and Kerstin Kussmaul, combines myoreflex therapy with the somatic and dance workshops offered by ImPulsTanz. Registration deadline: 19th April 2021. Find out more here!


Booking start for 179 workshops & research projects

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Design: CIN CIN Vienna / Photos: Ulrich Zinell / Performer: DaDa JV / 3D Make Up: Ines Alpha

Workshop catalogue available for download

For professionals, beginners and dance enthusiasts: all workshops and research projects are included in our new catalogue. DOWNLOAD

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Fashionable goodies of the last festivals are available HERE

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Everything about our previous festivals you find HERE

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Sneak previews of our current performances or sweet memories of our workshops and past festival events can be watched HERE.

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