Choreographic training programme
5 July – 9 August 2023

ATLAS – create your dance trails is a modular training programme in the scope of ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival. It offers both artists with first choreographic experience and artists in the middle of their career, including from other disciplines, a dynamic environment for their artistic development. The programme aims to meet two of their central needs: first, to have access to studio space to do research and work on pieces, and second, to receive new input through individual training programmes, by watching international productions and by exchanging ideas with artists from more than 100 countries, as well as through peer-to-peer exchanges among the ATLAS group. Dramaturgical advice is provided by a coach supervising the participants’ work during the course of the programme. In 2023, there will be two groups: one accompanied by dancer, choreographer and lecturer Angélique Willkie and multidisciplinary artist Mélanie Demers, the other by choreographer and performer Marco Berrettini.


Workshop and Research Module

  • 3-day introductory session lead by ATLAS coaches
  • Participation in all workshops
  • Participation in all research projects

Performance Module

  • Free admission to all productions

Rehearsal and Workspace Module

  • Studio space with 3 to 4 studios exclusively for the ATLAS group
  • Personal artistic coaching (at least two individual sessions)
  • Regular exchange and feedback sessions within the ATLAS group (depending on the needs of the participants)
  • Meetings with choreographers from the [8:tension] Young Choreographers’ Series
  • Peer showing(s) along the duration of the programme
  • Final feedback talk with the ATLAS coaches and peers
  • ATLAS certificate (with accompanying sparkly drinks)


  • Accommodation in Vienna
  • ImPulsTanz bike for the duration of the stay or alternatively a monthly ticket for public transport
  • Free admission to the ImPulsTanz parties
  • Discount on the dish of the day in the cafeteria at the ImPulsTanz workshop centre

Video: Maximilian Pramatarov


The participation fee is 2,600 euro.

To apply, please send the completed form, a CV, a letter of motivation (in English) and a portrait photo by email to Prospective participants are invited to describe in the letter of motivation the project they plan to work on during their stay.

We will inform applicants within 14 days of their acceptance or rejection. To formalise your participation in the ATLAS programme, a down payment of 800 euro must be made no later than four weeks after confirmation of acceptance. Participants must be of legal age.

After receiving the down payment or the total participation fee, we will send you an official invitation letter including confirmation of acceptance. This letter is intended to help with applications for travel subsidies, grants or other types of financial support. The ATLAS assistant will be happy to advise you on available funding opportunities.

*The participation fee does not include travel costs, visa fees, health insurance, food.

Application deadline
15 February 2023

(Subject to availability, applications are evaluated on an ongoing basis)



ATLAS is sponsored by Life Long Burning – Towards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe and the EU programme Creative Europe.

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