Michael Laub / Remote Control "Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists" © Emilia Milewska
Michael Laub / Remote Control "Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists" © Emilia Milewska

Since 1988 ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival has been presenting a cross section of the contemporary dance scene in all its varieties. Companies and artists such as Ballet de l‘Opéra National de Paris, Alain Platel / les ballets C de la B, Jérôme Bel, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods, Akram Khan,  La La La Human Steps, Mathilde Monnier, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas, Ivo Dimchev, Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez and many others do not only give an insight into their works, but also find a fertile ground for cooperation at the festival.

The continuous, close relationship with these artists turns ImPulsTanz into one of the most distinguished contemporary dance festivals worldwide.

Reputable artists of the contemporary dance world celebrate their world premieres here, whilst under the label [ImPulsTanz Classic] some trendsetting productions of the past years experience a revival at the festival.
Established in 2001, the very popular [8:tension] Young Choreographers’ Series has provided the great opportunity to get a closer look at a new generation of choreographers and their most successful performances, ever since. Within this programme artists such as Ann Liv Young, Akram Khan or Olivier Dubois, to name but a few, had their first appearances at the festival. From 2008 to 2017 all of the [8:tension] artists were also aspirants for the Prix Jardin d’Europe, Europe’s highest endowed award for contemporary choreography. In 2018 the newly launched ImPulsTanz – Young Choreographers' Award  took its place. 

Exhibitions, book presentations, panel discussions, etc. add as [ImPulsTanz Extras] to the festival programme.

In order to provide the right setting to the respective dance pieces, ImPulsTanz cooperates with the most important venues in Vienna, amongst them Staatsoper Wien, Burgtheater, Akademietheater, Odeon, Schauspielhaus, MuseumsQuartier or Volkstheater, and at the same time strives to explore new spaces, every year: the cooperation with three of the most important Viennese museums – Weltmuseum Wien, mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, 21er Haus, Leopold Museum – represent another key aspect of the last festival editions. This collaboration challenged some extraordinarily creative potential. Ethnological topics, the relation to artistic actions, their objects and the idiosyncrasy of non-theatrical spaces created a great environment for the creation of exemplary, unique pieces of art. To many members of the Viennese dance scene these programmes opened up new opportunities, such as working within new contexts and in close dialogue with curators of the fine arts.

The next ImPulsTanz festival takes place from 7 July to 14 August 2022. The performance programme will be announced as of June 2022, which also marks the start of the ticket sales.





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