The measures taken against COVID-19 as well as the international situation, continuing travel restrictions and the unpredictable visa problems forced us to take a painful but nevertheless clear step: The 37th edition of the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival from 9th July to 9th August 2020 won’t take place in its originally planned and later adapted form.

However, we are very pleased to announce that in addition to the comprehensive outdoor workshop programme Public Moves from 9th July to 30th August 2020, there will also be an [ImPulsTanz Special] to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Liquid Loft / Chris Haring: from 6th to 16th October 2020 at the Odeon Theater. Tickets are available as of 9th July. We are also planning to realize our museum cooperations with the mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, the Leopold Museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Austrian Film Museum in autumn.

We are looking forward to seeing you again on the dance floor and in the theatre!


Founded in 1984, ImPulsTanz has developed into one of the largest festivals of contemporary dance and performance worldwide. Each summer, thousands of dancers, choreographers and artists from all over the world come together in Vienna, work together for five weeks and celebrate contemporary dance.

ImPulsTanz – that’s performances, workshops, research projects and ImPulsTanz Soçial, the daily music programme. Contemporary dance establishment meets the trendsetting productions of tomorrow, which have found their place at the festival‘s [8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series. Every year, ImPulsTanz workshops welcome thousands of participants, beginners and professionals, who use the opportunity to study the entire palette of dance with famous teachers.

ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival 2021
15 July to 15 August 2021


For more than thirty years, ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival has been presenting a state-of-the-art overview of contemporary dance production. Artists and companies such as Ballet de l‘Opéra National de Paris, Alain Platel / les ballets C de la B, Jérôme Bel, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Damaged Goods, La La La Human Steps, Cie. Mathilde Monnier, Rosas, Ultima Vez and many more are offering insight into their work. Due to the ambition to meet every work‘s requirements, ImPulsTanz cooperates with various prominent Viennese venues such as the Burgtheater, Odeon Theater, Volkstheater or MuseumsQuartier. Annually, more than 100 performances are presented to approx. 35.000 spectators.

The performance preview 2020 


ImPulsTanz Workshops 2014 Frey Faust © Karolina MiernikWith its versatile roster, ImPulsTanz is the biggest workshop festival in Europe. More than 140 internationally renowned teachers and choreographers are heading around 200 workshops open to beginners, intermediate and professional dancers. Both the diversity of the programme (from Contemporary to Butoh, from Yoga to Dance for People with and without Disabilities) as well as the strongly encouraged exchange between teachers and students, performers and audience, amateurs and professionals mark Vienna as THE summerly dance summit. Joe Alegado (Columbus), Boyzie Cekwana (Durban), Zvi Gotheiner (New York), Marcia Haydée (Stuttgart), Jennifer Lacey (Paris), Louise Lecavalier (Montréal), Dominique Mercy (Wuppertal), Elsa Wolliaston (Paris) among many others have already been contributing to the professional and open atmosphere at the ImPulsTanz workshops.

The Workshop preview 2020
The Teachers A-Z 2020


danceWEB Salon 2012 © Judith LutzImPulsTanz Research offers a series of investigative projects to professional dancers. The number of participating artists is restricted, they will be chosen by the project head. The working process emphasises challenging interaction between project head and students, thus creating a mutual level for students and teacher. So far, artists like Merce Cunningham (New York), Emio Greco | PC (Amsterdam), Wendy Houstoun (London), Akram Khan (London), Vera Mantero (Lissabon), Mathilde Monnier (Montpellier), Lloyd Newson (London), Steve Paxton (Vermont), Mark Tompkins (Paris) and Wim Vandekeybus (Brussels) brought in their creativity and contributed to the all-communication focus of ImPulsTanz Research.

The Research Projects 2020


ImPulsTanz Party 2014 © Karolina MiernikWhen the ImPulsTanz day ends, the ImPulsTanz Festival Lounge opens its doors. Artists, audience, dance aficionados and music enthusiasts come together to talk, dance and have fun. The ImPulsTanz Festival Lounge offers a programme with live gigs and DJ sets, every night throughout the whole festival period. In addition, ImPulsTanz Soçial hosts two festival parties, where international DJs and bands as well as local heroes invite to a dance, among them Catnapp, UNIIQU3, Cid Rim, Amadinda Soundsystem, Sixtus Preiss & Band und Yasmo & die Klangkantine and many more.



© Karolin Miernik


Everything about our previous festivals you find HERE

Public Moves 2020 © yako.one


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

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