Vienna International Dance Festival

Founded in 1984, ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival has over the years evolved into the largest festival for contemporary dance and performance in the world. Every summer it presents a uniquely diverse programme of performances, workshops, research projects and musical acts.

Tickets for the entire performance programme are available online, by phone and at the box office!

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Every year ImPulsTanz presents more than 50 productions by international as well as Austrian artists and companies in an extraordinary density in the theatres and museums of Vienna.

Highlights of the first week

In addition to the opening by William Forsythe at MAK and Deva Schubert at mumok, you can also experience Eszter Salamon’s touching duet with her mother and her danced version of John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing. In addition her films Reappearance and Sommerspiele can be seen at the Austrian Film Museum as well as the music video programmes Into the Groove and Padam. At Odeon, Clara Furey’s UNARMOURED stimulates the feeling of infinity. The Volkstheater opens its doors with Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and co-choreographer Radouan Mriziga. De Keersmaeker will also take audiences through her 44-year-long career in the lecture performance Vocabularium at Odeon. Soa Ratsifandrihana presents her solo g r o o v e at Halle G. Georges Labbat opens the programme at WUK with his spooky duet with a resin puppet. At Schauspielhaus, the legendary Ivo Dimchev kicks off the programme with a kind of all-star performance of his art. On the high seas, William Kentridge brilliantly opens the doors of Burgtheater and als shows his Dada solo Ursonate at Odeon. And Liquid Loft present IN MEDEAS RES, the first of a total of 10 world premieres, at Künstlerhaus Factory.

Photo: Eszter Salamon Reappearance (Film Still) © Marie Zahir




157 international teachers and choreographers share their knowledge with beginners and professionals in 254 workshops and research projects at Arsenal.

Further additional workshops

Due to popular demand, five new add-ons have also been announced in the workshop programme. Joe Alegado invites you to the intensive workshop of Shifting Roots – Alegado Movement Language to promote creativity. In Psoas Connection – Experiential Anatomy with Kerstin Kussmaul, you will learn about the deep structure of the muscles. Christopher Matthews’ Commercial Contemporary Jazz class offers a comprehensive physical experience. Jermaine Browne’s Femme Funk is sensual, hard-hitting and sexy with a focus on precise movements. Salim Gauwloos challenges you to move in new, unconventional ways in Contemporary Jazz – Dancing Meditation, while Conny Aitzetmueller’s Contemporary Pole workshop draws on the wealth of unexpected possibilities that arise from the combination of dance and acrobatics.

Photo: Joe Alegado – Shifting Roots – Alegado Movement Language © Emilia Milewska



The music programme invites festival guests and visitors to concerts and DJ sets at the Festival Lounge every night and to the ImPulsTanz Soçial Weekender on two evenings at Vienna City Hall’s Arkadenhof.


Weekender: 2 days at City Hall & Vestibül

At the end of the festival comes a very special highlight: the ImPulsTanz Soçial Weekender on 9 and 10 August from 21:00 at Arkadenhof at Vienna City Hall and from 22:00 at Burgtheater Vestibül! The first evening will feature a showcase by Ugandan electronic music collective and festival Nyege Nyege – with Phelimuncasi, Authentically Plastic and Catu Diosis – and an unforgettable FM4 Friday with 8 DJs. Day 2 of the weekender brings new sounds and familiar faces with Ivo Dimchev, Wandl and UCHE YARA as well as an evening hosted by Affine Records.

Photo: A-Side Party 2023, Peaches © yakoone