Obituary for Ushio Amagatsu

We mourn the loss of Ushio Amagatsu, the founder of the world-famous Japanese dance company Sankai Juku and one of the most important choreographers and dancers of his generation. Amagatsu leaves behind an unforgettable legacy in the world of contemporary dance. He was not only a master of Butoh, but also constantly expanded the boundaries of expression in dance with his ideas. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all who mourn the loss of Ushio with us. You will be missed!


piece of love: Film Shoot & Pyjama Party at the Seestadt Studios

For the film piece of love, the AmenoGirls are looking for volunteers to work on the scene Pyjama Party at Seestadt. You can expect an a+ abysmal and trance-like audiovisual installation in which a movie shoot is staged.


Celebrating excellence: Cristina Caprioli and Trajal Harrell honoured at Biennale di Venezia

The 18th International Festival of Contemporary Dance #WeHumans, held in Venice from 18 July to 3 August 2024, honours two extraordinary talents in the world of dance. Italian choreographer Cristina Caprioli and choreographer and dancer Trajal Harrell, both dear friends of ImPulsTanz for many years, were presented with prestigious awards, highlighting their groundbreaking contributions to the art form.


Open Call: Participation in the Bulgarian Dance Platform

In the framework of the Life Long Burning project, the partner association danceWEB is looking for young dance critics, researchers, independent dance curators and artists interested in getting to know the contemporary dance scene in Bulgaria. The 4th edition of the Bulgarian Dance Platform is taking place from 16–20 May 2024 in Sofia, hosting performances, discussions and artist gatherings. The offer includes travel, accommodation and free entrance to the performances. Application deadline: 15 March 2024


Obituary for Steve Paxton

We mourn the loss of our companion, teacher, dancer, choreographer, visionary and pioneer of contemporary dance, Steve Paxton, who has left us at the age of 85. We are grateful that he shared his passion and dedication for dance and teaching with us, and for all that he has given to the dance world!
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all who mourn Steve’s passing with us. You will be missed!


ImPulsTanz gives away 30 MellowYellow action days

No nonsense, no admin, no costs – as a partner of the inclusive art project MellowYellow, we are giving away 30 action days for the up-coming summer semester for schools of all types and ages in Vienna and the surrounding area. Teachers can write a short email with their contact details to with the subject: ‘ImPulsTanz Schulaktion’.


Obituary for Peter Jarolin

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we bid farewell to cultural journalist Peter Jarolin, a good friend of the festival and supporter of the dance world. His tireless commitment and passionate dedication have enriched and shaped not only ImPulsTanz, but the entire cultural scene.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all those who mourn Peter with us. You will be missed!


Biennale di Venezia: International call for the selection of young dancers and choreographers

On the occasion of the 18th International Festival of Contemporary Dance, the new international call for the third edition of the Biennale College Danza under the mentorship of the director Wayne McGregor, is now online available. Application deadline: 8 March 2024


New artistic direction of the [8:tension] Young Choreographers’ Series bei ImPulsTanz

Since 2001, the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival has dedicated its highly successful and internationally renowned [8:tension] Young Choreographers’ Series to a new generation of choreographers – with changing curatorial models and artistic directors. The first international prize for young choreography was also awarded as part of the series – until 2018 as the Prix Jardin d’Europe as part of the Creative Europe network Life Long Burning, since then as the ImPulsTanz – Young Choreographers’ Award, with such famous prizewinners as Ligia Lewis, Florentina Holzinger or Davi Pontes and Wallace Ferreira. In 2024 now, the [8:tension] series for emerging choreographers will take place for the first time under the artistic direction of Breanna O’Mara and Chris Haring.


ImPulsTanz Winter Special: The Music Edition

It's time to leave the winter blues behind us and invite you to a roaring party – the ImPulsTanz Winter Special: The Music Edition. On 15 February 2024 from 22:00, Viennese music producer B.Visible with his hypnotising rhythms, the energetic Viennese duo H∆NN∆ x D!ZZY and the genre-busting multimedia artist Moska will provide the beats on the turntables - from multi-layered soundscapes to HipHop and Afrobeat. The special party follows the sold-out concert performances by choreographer, performer and singer Akemi Takeya with electronic sounds by Sebastian Bauer, KERN & QUEHENBERGER and the noise rock band BULBUL.


Embodied Myoreflex Practitioner Certification

The Embodied Myoreflex Practitioner (EMP) training programme is entering its second round – a pioneering training in the field of myoreflex therapy and neurofascial movement. This specially designed training is aimed at dancers, artists, educators, social workers and physiotherapists who not only want to build an effective practice, but also develop their skills through the application of neurofascial intelligence in a variety of contexts. Led by renowned experts such as Kurt Mosetter and Kerstin Kussmaul, the programme offers an intensive learning experience. It starts in November 2024!


Symposium for Dance and Other Contemporary Practices

Following loose threads of last year’s symposium Lace#2 will be dedicated to contact-making and touching in layers and tones of its meaning. The curation 2024 turns to the value of hospitality in the current socio-political climate. Inviting and sharing practices and work of artists, academics and activists that move around receiving each other, creating hospitable spaces, processing the conditions for integration, and reflecting on the interstitial tissue. Experimenting with and questioning attentively the conditions necessary for one to join into the experience of kinship, the experience of care, the experience of touch. Applications for Deep Dive proposals are possible until 19 January.


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ImPulsTanz Country Retreats 2024

The ImPulsTanz Country Retreats return to picturesque Umbria in 2024! In May and from August to October, the dance and health retreats will take place at the Tenuta di Poggiolame estate run by ImPulsTanz instructor Kerstin Kussmaul. Internationally renowned artists such as Terence Lewis, Glenna Batson & Kerstin Kussmaul, Sri Louise, Defne Erdur and Shinichi Yova-Koga each teach a week of dance and bodywork – every level is welcome. The retreat offers four hours of movement practice every day and a day off to explore the enchanting Umbrian countryside or to simply relax under the Italian sun.


Obituary for Janet Panetta

We mourn the loss of our long-time companion, ballet teacher and good friend Janet Panetta, who died of cancer on Saturday, 2 December 2023 at the age of 74. We are so grateful that she accompanied us over 23 festivals, shared her knowledge, expertise and humour with us and the many enthusiastic dancers and that we were able to be part of her life.


Karl Regensburger receives Canadian honorary award

This year’s Prix de la Danse de Montréal 2023 in the category “Contribution Exceptionelle”, which honours the exceptional commitment of individuals to dance, was awarded to ImPulsTanz director Karl Regensburger on 28 November 2023. The Board of Directors explains its decision as follows: “His passion for the art of dance has inspired generations of artists and audiences and created a lasting legacy in the world of dance”.


We are looking for employees

We are now looking for colleagues for the upcoming festival and all year round. The list will be updated regularly – it’s worth checking back several times. We look forward to receiving numerous applications! (German language skills are required.)


Golden KUNSTSTÜCK Kulturaward for ImPulsTanz

Together with design studio CIN CIN and 3D makeup artist Ines Alpha ImPulsTanz has won the golden KUNSTSTÜCK Kulturaward 2023 by Kultuformat in the category “Performing Arts & Culture” for our festival campaign 2021 featuring Breanna O’Mara and 陳威達 DaDa Elle (DaDa JV). A big thank you goes to everyone who has voted for us. Here’s to you too!


Education and training programmes 2024

ImPulsTanz is looking forward to network and invite the international dance world to Vienna once again in 2024. In addition to ATLAS – create your dance trails for artists with first choreographic experience as well as mid-career artists (coaches: Angélique Willkie | Marco Berrettini) and danceWEB for young dancers and choreographers (mentor: Isabel Lewis), the further education programme ImPacT (mentor: Kerstin Kussmaul), which is dedicated to connecting dance students with experienced professionals, will also be offered. Applications are now open!


ImPulsTanz is a partner of the new European Dance Award SEDA

The newly established SEDA Salavisa European Dance Award honors emerging artists in the field of dance on a biennal basis (for the first time in 2024). In addition to prize money of 150,000 euro, the winner(s) also receive the opportunity to present their work on the stages of the partner network’s cultural institutions. In addition to ImPulsTanz, these include the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Dansehallerne in Copenhagen, Joint Adventures in Munich, the K.V.S. in Brussels, the Maison de la Danse/Biennale de la Danse in Lyon and Sadler’s Wells in London.


Choreographic Platform Austria 2023

From 19 to 21 October, the Choreographic Platform Austria will take place at brut, Festspielhaus Sankt Pölten and Tanzquartier Wien – the entire programme is now available!


Stars of the current flamenco scene in Vienna

Flamenco made the leap to the world’s great stages many years ago and it is time for Vienna to take its place in the process. This year, for the first time, the Círculo Divino flamenco festival will take place at the Odeon Theatre. On three evenings (05–08 October 2023), some of the great stars of this exciting art form will be on stage, with dance playing a leading role. Tradition and modernity unite here without the need to draw boundaries.


7 Mentorship Programs that Pair Early-Career Choreographers with Experienced Artists

Mentorship amongst choreographers is nothing new: Jose Limón had Doris Humphrey, and Alvin Ailey had Lester Horton. But in a career where there is often scarce training (most college programs still primarily train dancers, not choreographers, for instance) and that can be competitive and isolating, mentorship opportunities that are formalized rather than happenstance are becoming increasingly needed.


The ImPulsTanz – Young Choreographers’ Award goes to …

Marga Alfeirão with Mariana Benenge, Myriam Lucas, Shaka Lion for LOUNGE! The international jury consisting of Tamara Alegre, Anna Kozonina and Mateusz Szymanówka state their decision with the following words: “for a work that is relaxed but politically charged, for being courageous and caring, for masterfully choreographing lesbian sensuality and intimacy between two performers, establishing a strong personal connection on stage that is also welcoming for the audience”. In addition, the jury gave special mention to Batty Bwoy by Harald Beharie and To Be Possessed by Chara Kotsali. Congratulations from the bottom of our hearts!


DANZA&DANZA July/August issue 2023

DANZA&DANZA INTERNATIONAL is a digital-only magazine in English with news and reviews from all over the world and exclusive interviews with the stars of dance. The latest July/August issue features the always surprising Principal dancer Daniil Simkin as cover story, an exclusive interview with Geneva Ballet’s Artistic Director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, as well as a focus on Maria Callas on the centenary of her birth.


Introducing Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch

What will the dance world of tomorrow be like? An answer – or several – might be illuminated by our annual list of dancers, choreographers and companies on the brink of skyrocketing. These trailblazers and breakout stars are forging their own paths through our field. We can’t wait to see where they lead us next.


Travel tip: Special Deal at Max Brown 7th District

Max Brown 7th District is the perfect starting point for your adventures during the ImPulsTanz Festival. Our partner hotel is located in the middle of the 7th District, right in the heart of the city’s creative centre and only a few minutes’ walk from all the highlights. The cosy rooms invite you to relax after an exciting evening at the theatre or to sleep in after a night out at the ImPulsTanz Festival Lounge at Burgtheater Vestibül.


OPEN CALL: ImPulsTanz Symposium for Dance and Other Contemporary Practices

Lace #1: Topographies of Touch brings together experts working at the intersections of art, academic research and activism. Reflecting the deprivation of touch experienced worldwide, Topographies of Touch embodies a meta/physical site where touch is explored in its context-specific capacities: Human-to-Human, Human-to-Institution, Human-to-Non-Human. In practice-based panels and other formats, Efva Lilja, Katy Dymoke, Mayfield Brooks and Deirdre Morris will engage in transmedial exchange with their guests. What if we acknowledge that every touch experience is specific and for good reason? 

Artists and researchers are invited to apply for residencies, to design Deep Dives and to be panelists.


ImPulsTanz goes Italy!

Between August and October, ImPulsTanz invites you to its unique workshops in Italy. In collaboration with Artis Umbria – the newly founded dance and health retreat by ImPulsTanz lecturer Kerstin Kussmaul – the five internationally renowned artists Glenna Batson, Sri Louise, Franca Pagliassotto, Terence Lewis and Shinichi Iova-Koga will each teach one week of dance and bodywork. The retreat includes four hours of movement daily and a day off to explore the beautiful Umbrian countryside, go swimming, taste wine or simply unwind under the Italian sun.


More programme highlights

For the 40th edition the workshop centre returns to where it all began back in 1984: to Schmelz. To mark the anniversary, over 130 teachers – including Joe Alegado, Fabiana Pastorini and Perel – invite beginners and professionals to give their all in Ballet, Jazz, Bodywork, Voguing, Improvisation, Modern Dance and HipHop. Among the performance programme other highlights include international greats such as Meg Stuart and Lucinda Childs and new faces like Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe or Marina Otero. With Liquid Loft and toxic dreams, the local scene also announces itself famously. From Tuesday, 18 April, all workshops and research projects can be booked, the pre-sale for selected productions starts on 9 May and tickets for the entire programme are available from 6 June.


Teachers 2023

The overview of this year’s teachers including dates is now available online. Pull out your calendar and save the dates!
From 18 April all workshops and research projects can be booked on our website and at the Workshop Office at MuseumsQuartier. Have fun browsing!


TURBO Research Residencies 2023

We again invite young choreographers living and working in Austria to apply for one of three TURBO Research Residencies within the framework of ImPulsTanz.

Application deadline: 30 April 2023


We are looking for support!

For this year’s festival we are still looking for support for our team – in the Workshop Office and in the audience service, at the box office, at our ImPulsTanz-Shop and much more. German language skills are required. In addition, the EU project Life Long Burning is now searching for a part-time Communications Manager. We look forward to your applications!


Education Programmes

From 9 to 24 July 2023, the Summer Academy ImPacT will once again take place. It connects dance students and recent graduates with the international dance world to establish their own networks and think about possible career choices, with the aim of prompting a process of self-reflection about their future as dance artists. Mentor of the programme is Kerstin Kussmaul. From 2 July to 28 July 2023, the DanceAbility Teacher Training will take place under the direction of Alito Alessi and Connie Vandarakis. It is aimed at people who want to teach integrated groups in movement arts or learn a model for facilitating communities that foster inclusive participation. The deadline for applications for both programmes is 31 May 2023.


Studios for the independent scene

In 2024, the studios for the independent scene, funded by the City of Vienna and the district administration of Vienna’s 22nd municipal district and with the kind support of Wien 3420 aspern Development AG, will once again be available to artists in the performing arts sector on Rennweg and in Seestadt. A total of six studios measuring between 88 and 330 square metres and three co-working spaces can be rented easily and unbureaucratically. They are ideal for rehearsals, residencies and the realisation of individual artistic projects and showings.


First highlights of the 40th edition 2023

To celebrate its anniversary, the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival invites you to a mix of international dance icons associated with the festival, exciting new discoveries and numerous world premieres from the diverse world of contemporary dance and performance art from 6 July to 6 August 2023. With Cie. Marie Chouinard, Needcompany, Doris Uhlich, Steven Cohen, Clara Furey, Harald Beharie, Samira Elagoz, Lenio Kaklea, Ofelia Jarl Ortega, Angélique Willkie, Lau Lukkarila & Luca Bonamore, Anne Juren & Frédéric Gies and many more.


Support ImPulsTanz

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Open call – Huggy Bears Mentoring Programme 2023

Bears in the Park is looking for innovative Vienna-based artists and collectives who want to join the next round of the Huggy Bears Mentoring Programme. The programme is designed for upcoming artists who are either already working in the performance art scene and/or dance or are motivated to enlarge their previous practice with performance art. This way a special transdisciplinary learning atmosphere is created which enables a shared knowledge transfer.


Austrian Music Theatre Award for ImPulsTanz

On 13 September 2022 the Austrian Musical Theatre Award was awarded for the tenth time in Grafenegg – ImPulsTanz took home the special award in the category Best Production Dance. Many thanks to the jury for this exceptional honour, we are thrilled. Congratulations to all winners and thank you to our long-time companion Dirk Stermann for the great laudation.


Jury statement: ImPulsTanz – Young Choreographers’ Award 2022

This year’s ImPulsTanz Young Choreographers’ Award went to Davi Pontes and Wallace Ferreira for Repertorio N.2. Special mention was also made of the works of Boglárka Börcsök and Andreas Bolm as well as Mikko Niemistö. Read the entire jury statement here.


Cultural Fundraising Award for ImPulsTanz X Renault

We are very pleased to have been awarded with the Cultural Fundraising Award in the category "Best Corporate Partnership" for our cooperation with Renault Austria in 2019. Thank you very much! We would also like to congratulate the other two winners: the Votiv Kino and Café Liebling for their initiative to save the Bellaria Kino and the OTTO Kulturgenossenschaft for their project in Ottensheim.


Im Memoriam Ismael Ivo

On 8 April last year we had to say a painful goodbye to our co-founder, friend and companion Ismael Ivo. We always fondly remember the many beautiful moments we shared together and his inspiring enthusiasm for dance. We miss him deeply! On 1 August 2021, we commemorated this exceptional artist and dance mediator at Volkstheater Vienna.


Call for Action – United in support for Ukraine

We, as members of the Life Long Burning network - working all over Europe, with a longtime connection and Eastern European partner members, collaborating and facilitating artists’ and cultural workers’ mobility for more than 20 years - are highly concerned about the current situation in Ukraine and neighboring regions and the impact on the population in the period to come.

We urge national and European governments, as well as the local administrations, to set up immediate emergency funds and support measures available so that cultural and other civil society organizations can continue to actively support Ukrainian and Russians colleagues in threat. The next weeks and months will be worse than the first days of war as the number of refugees will increase. The civic reactions and solidarity of our citizens require a strong response of involvement from our governments and from the EU.

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