impressions'15 © Karolina Miernik
impressions'15 © Karolina Miernik

Will ImPulsTanz 2021 take place?

We optimisticly hope that ImPulsTanz will take place this summer. We are currently planning performances in theatres and museums, workshops and research projects at Arsenal as well as the free Public Moves classes in public spaces – we are also intensively thinking about how the Soçial music programme and the associated festival lounge can take place. Above all, it is important to us to stick to an international programme. Our goal is to bring people from all over the world together in Vienna and to facilitate dialogue. Of course, with a watchful eye on all the measures that will await us in the summer to ensure maximum safety for the artists present, the audience, the participants and our team! We will know in the next few months what this will look like in concrete terms and we will work out and consequently implement appropriate concepts. We will prepare different scenarios and do everything necessary to offer dance an international stage again this summer. The booking start for workshops and research projects is sheduled for 15th April. A pre-sale for selected performances will start on 18th May, all others will follow on 15th June. We ask you to consider all FAQs and information against this background. We will keep you informed. Your ImPulsTanz team

When do the workshops take place?

The workshops and research projects of 2021 take place from 19th July to 13th August. The programme is divided into seven independent phases: A week long workshop takes place once a day from Monday to Friday (between 90 and 180 minutes per session), intensive workshops take place twice a day on Saturday and Sunday (between 120 and 150 minutes per session), in some cases though in one longer block (approx. 6 hours) once a day.

Which levels are there?

You can choose between the following levels:
Beginning Level (For beginners, no previous knowledge is necessary)
Open Level (For all levels)
Intermediate Level (For dancers with some previous knowledge)
Advanced Level (For advanced dancers)
Advanced* Level (For very advanced/professional dancers)
Which level the respective workshop is assigned to can be found in the detailed description or in the workshop schedule.

Where do the workshops take place?

The majority of the workshops takes place at the workshop centre at Arsenal Vienna, whereas the Shake the Break classes for children and teenagers take place at Dschungel Wien. Another exception are the Public Moves workshops. In 2021, they are expected to take place at Donauinsel, Kaiserwiese (Prater) and Arkadenhof. Detailed information on the locations of the workshops can be found on our website and in the workshop catalogue as of Mid-April.

When can the workshops be booked?

As of 15th April 2021 you can book your workshops online by choosing from the schedule or the teachers list.

Where and how can the workshops be booked?

Workshops can be booked online as well as personally at the ImPulsTanz Workshop Office. More information about the location and opening hours of our Workshop Office can be found on our website by 15th April.

How much does the participation in a workshop cost?

The regular fee for a workshop is 200 euro. We do offer an early bird discount (booking until 31st May) as well as a discount if you book more than one workshop. There are also reduced fees for students, apprentices, recruits, conscientious objectors performing community service (<27), people over 60, professional dancers, dance teachers, teens (<18) as well as owners of the AK AktivKarte, DER STANDARD Subscribtion or the Ö1 Club Card

Can workshops be cancelled or exchanged for another workshop?

If you want to cancel your workshop booking, there is a cancellation policy to consider. Cancellations from your side can only be accepted up to 14 days before the first workshop starts. Please note that we charge 50 euro cancellation fee. If you cancel later, your workshop fee(s) will not be refunded and will be demanded. If you want to change workshops, please contact the Workshop Office.

Special arrangement for the festival 2021: If you are unable to attend a workshop due to travel restrictions (with confirmation and/or letter from the travel agency/ airline), an infection or suspected infection with Covid-19 or any other illness (with presentation of a medical certificate), the cancellation fee is waived. The decision is always at the discretion and in consultation with the festival administration. Should the festival unfortunately has to be cancelled, the full amount (including the cancellation fee) will, of course, be refunded.

What is there to expect at workshop centre at Arsenal?

As usual, in 2021 the workshop centre at Arsenal, close to Vienna’s central station, is the hub of the ImPulsTanz Festival during the day, where dance enthusiasts from more than 90 countries meet. A cafeteria invites to linger, pools offer refreshing splashing and most of the workshops are open to watch. In addition to that, the workshop centre also features the ImPulsTanz fan shop, bike rentals, its own Bodywork Space and free childcare.

How can I sign my kid up for the childcare at Arsenal?

Parents who attend workshops and appreciate having their children close to them and in good care during their booked classes, are welcome to make use of our childcare. Your child needs to be at least one year old. Thanks to the support of the AK Wien, we are able to offer it free of charge! We kindly ask you to register the need for childcare early enough – ideally in the course of your booking, but not later than three days before your workshops starts via Spots are limited!

How much does it cost to rent a bike at Arsenal?

It is possible to rent ImPulsTanz bikes at a fee of 8 euro per day or 40 euro per week (subject to alteration of prices). The ImPulsTanz bikes are very popular, don’t wait too long!

Are there any food suppliers at Arsenal?

During the entire festival, there will be access to a cafeteria at Arsenal. You can buy cool drinks, coffee, snacks and daily dishes from our Maître de Plaisir francophil.

Is there WIFI at Arsenal?

Free WiFi is available around the cafeteria.

How do I get to Arsenal?

The Arsenal is located in the third district. The exact address is Burgtheater-Probebühne, ART for ART workshops, Arsenal Object 19, 1030 Vienna. The best way to get there by public transport is: S1, S2, S3, S4, Tram 18, D, O: Quartier Belvedere; Bus 69A: Arsenalsteg.

Will there be free events and showings during the festival?

Yes, our Open Doors events are at free admission – such as the opening presentation «impressions'21», the Dance Contest Rhythm is a Dancer in the beginning of August, the final event «expressions'21» and numerous showings and jams that give insights into the workshop programme and invite everyone to join. All important dates will be published daily on our website (on the mainpage and under Open Doors) and put up at Arsenal.

How can I participate in the Dance Contest?

Amateur und professional dancers of all styles, whether urban or contemporary, are very welcome to dance for the audience and the jury. The challenge is to show off your skills, finesse, charms and craziness but also to react spontaneously on the music. The winner gets a one-week residency for ImPulsTanz 2022. The Contest is hosted by Storm! Registrations are possible via and directly at the workshop office.

What does Golden Agers mean?

Golden Age is an own department with workshops for dance enthusiasts older than 60 years.

What does Mixed Abilites mean?

The Mixed Abilites workshops engage in inclusive dance (dance for people with and without disabilities). People with disabilities are also welcome in many of the regular workshops. If you are not sure about your participation, our team at the Workshop Office is happy to give you advice. All Open Level Mixed Abilities workshops are offered on a "pay what it's worth to you" basis – "you pay what you can or consider to be fair". Detailed information will follow with the release of the workshop programme in April.

What does Shake the Break stand for?

Shake the Break includes all workshops for children and teenagers, all of which take place at Dschungel Wien and are aimed for specific age groups.

What's the difference between a workshop and a research project?

Contrary to the workshops, which are open to all levels, research projects address only advanced and professional dancers and choreographers. The research may consist of individual coaching, group experiments or in-depth improvisation experiences stimulated by the project teacher, it may be a merely process-oriented period or also one leading up to a public presentation, its main intention always is to provide a platform for professional meetings and swaps in the field of contemporary dance and performance. There is an application process to pass in order to be able to take part in a research project. Participants will be selected by the teacher. All further information can be found online as of Mid-April.

How much does the participation in research projects cost and how can I apply?

In 2021 the participation in one of the research projects costs 350 euro. Applications are now open as of 15th April. Find out more here.

The application fee of 50 euro is a one-time fee. With the payment of the application fee, the application is binding and obliges to pay the fee of the research project in case of acceptance. The application fee is included in the research project fee. If you are not selected for any research project, the application fee is valid as an advance payment for workshops. If you are not interested in attending a workshop, the application fee will be refunded.

Is there reasonably priced housing?

The ImPulsTanz housing list is a list of private accommodation available in Vienna during the festival. The list will be available by Mid-May and updated on a regular basis depending on the information we receive from accommodation providers. ImPulsTanz is not liable for any incorrect or inaccurate information on this list. We only list offers we receive from people calling in. Usually the prices for housing are around 25 euro a night.

Last Update: 22.3.2021, Subjet to change



Design: CIN CIN Vienna / Photos: Ulrich Zinell / Performer: Breanna O'Mara / 3D Make Up: Ines Alpha

Performance catalogue download

Browse now through the programme of ImPulsTanz 2021 – here you can  DOWNLOAD the performane catalog.

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

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