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.


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.


New studios for the independent scene

From 20 February 2023, artists in the field of performing arts can rent new rehearsal spaces with professional equipment at favourable conditions. The total of six studios between 88 and 330 m2 in the 3rd and 22nd districts offer enough space – also upwards – for rehearsals and residencies. Requests can be sent by email in an uncomplicated and unbureaucratic way. The principle of “first come, first served” applies to the allocation.


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.


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Application start for the 2023 education and training programmes

ImPulsTanz is looking forward to network and invite the international dance world to Vienna once again in 2023. In addition to ATLAS – create your dance trails for artists with first choreographic experience and mid-career artists (coach: Angélique Willkie) and danceWEB for young dancers and choreographers (mentor: Clara Furey), the further education programme ImPacT (mentor: Kerstin Kussmaul), which is dedicated to connect dance students with experienced professionals, will also be offered. Furthermore, the DanceAbility Teacher Training is being held for the ninth time, which is specifically aimed at people who want to teach integrative groups in the field of movement arts (led by Alito Alessi and Connie Vandarakis).


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.


Questioning terms and titles

The intense questioning of the term “urban” has reached ImPulsTanz last summer and has now lead to our decision to remove it from the department titles in the hope to open this discussion in our community too. When we started to use the term in 2015, we have simply adapted what we thought was a suitable umbrella term to subsume art forms that play an important role in our workshop programme.


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