© Christa Niels
© Christa Niels

Black Race Trophy honors Ismael Ivo

"Brazilian artist of humble origins who conquered the world facing all kinds of prejudice, he is honored in 2021 in the Troféu Raça Negra, an award that is part of the activities of Afrobras, a non-governmental organization founded in 1997 dedicated to promoting information, training, training, qualification and affirmative actions for the insertion and visibility of black Brazilians.

The trophy is awarded annually as part of the National Day of Black Awareness (November 20th) and brings together black and non-black national and international personalities and authorities who have contributed to deepening and expanding the appreciation of the black race. It is a fair and timely recognition of those who have constantly contributed to the struggle for racial equality." ( MORE

© Jan Ritsema

Obituary of Jan Ritsema

We mourn the loss of theatre-maker Jan Ritsema. He passed away on Sunday 10th October 2021 at the age of 76.

The Dutch director, actor and dancer directed a wide variety of European – mainly Dutch and Belgian – theatre companies ranging from established Shakespeare repertory to Bernard-Marie Koltès and Heiner Müller, he arranged texts and dramatized novels from, amongst others, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Rainer Maria Rilke, and he developed performances in collaboration with dancers and actors. He was not interested in theatre as illusion, but in theatre where thinking and performing meet each other.


Winners of the ImPulsTanz – Young Choreographers’ Award

On Saturday 14th August the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival 2021 awarded the Young Choreographers’ Award was presented to:

Tamara Alegre (CI/CH), Lydia Östberg Diakité (NO/SE), Nunu Flashdem (UK/CH), Marie Ursin (NO), Célia Lutangu (BE/CH)

Design: CIN CIN / Photos: Ulrich Zinell / Model: Breanna O’Mara / 3D Make Up: Ines Alpha

ImPulsTanz Campaign 2021 – Being ImPulsTanz

In 2021, we will continue to face major challenges as an international festival that welcomes guests from all over the world to Vienna every year. We assume that for many it will unfortunately not be possible to travel to Vienna without restrictions. In collaboration with design studio CIN CIN and the hyped 3D make-up artist Ines Alpha (@ines.alpha), who has created spacey AR filters for Dior and artworks for Charli XCX, we invite ImPulsTanz fans worldwide and on site to become part of the festival through an exclusive Instagram face filter. We will tell you how it works here. 

© Regina Brocke

A farewell to our friend Ismael Ivo

Shocked and deeply saddened, we have to announce that ImPulsTanz co-founder and dance icon Ismael Ivo passed away on Thursday, 8th April 2021 in São Paulo at the age of 66 from Covid-19. With him, we lose not only a unique friend but also an important voice at ImPulsTanz.

Maartje Pasman "TETRIS" © Karolina Mienik

Lass springen! Cause dancing is for everyone!

Not only is dancing much fun and awakens your zest for life, it also strengthens your capacity for empathy, self-confidence and cognitive skills – Casinos Austria share the same opinion and therefore donated 30 ImPulsTanz workshops to economically disadvantaged children and teenagers. Together with you and Lass springen!, we hope to be able to give the chance to take part in a workshop to many more children. Any donation to Lass springen! will be doubled by ImPulsTanz – so your contribution is worth twice as much! The workshops financed through these donations will be provided to SOS-Kinderdorf and the NGO Flucht nach Vorn. MORE

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.



DANCE ON TOUR Austria (DOTA) is a project by Tanzquartier Wien in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. DANCE ON TOUR Austria offers financial support to contemporary dance and performance artists and companies based in Austria who wish to go on tour with their production.

Applications are open now and until six weeks prior to the scheduled tour performance. Since funding will be granted for the year 2021, guest performances must take place from 1st January to 31st December 2021.



© Karolin Miernik


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