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Welcome to ImPulsTanz 2018!

Battleground. Néant. UnBearable Darkness. Unwanted. Romances inciertos, un autre Orlando. Avoiding deLIFEath. Dance Clinic. Stayin Alive. Radical Light. Meet. Oh Magic. BLESSED ...
This is just a small selection of titles of all the wonderful, serious, funny, virtuoso, brave, belligerent, intimate and expansive works shown at various locations in Vienna, including Heldenplatz and a Würstelstand (sausage stand).
We would like to invite you to engage in all these facets of life with us and our outstanding artists at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival 2018, to take a look at things together and oppose them where necessary – and, most importantly, to celebrate!
We look forward to seeing you!

Main programme

From Florentina Holzinger’s Apollon to nothingness (Dave St. Pierre) or the spirit of butoh (a. o. Trajal Harrell) through to artificial intelligence (Choi Ka Fai): ImPulsTanz 2018 is devoted to the spectres of both the past and the future. The polyamorous relationship between dance and music plays a crucial part in the festival as well. The first contribution in this line comes from probably the most musically minded choreographer of contemporary dance: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas present Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten at Burgtheater, accompanied live by celebrated cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. Marie Chouinard and Meg Stuart provide unique insights into the past and present of their highly influential oeuvre at Volkstheater and Odeon. Xavier Le Roy has reworked the epitome of musical-choreographic intensity, while humans make music with robots in Simon Mayer’s Oh Magic. Salva Sanchis celebrates club music, Pierre Rigal hip-hop. Music from the 16th century undergoes a daring transformation at the hands of François Chaignaud, accompanied on period instruments. Dorothée Munyaneza reports stories of women who were raped during the civil war in Rwanda. And here, too, it’s the interplay of dance and music that goes beyond language, calling to mind the aspects of violence that defy representation.

The schedule 2018

Photo: Florentina Holzinger Apollon © Radovan Dranga


ImPulsTanz X mumok

The main summer exhibition Double Lives – Visual Artists Making Music opens on 23 June at mumok. In tandem, ImPulsTanz presents live  first-rate and experimental works from the fields of dance and music in its many facets – ranging from new performative concerts by Akemi Takeya and Ivo Dimchev to two decidedly different tributes by Eszter Salamon and Jule Flierl to exiled artist Valeska Gert, who has been rediscovered just at the right time. Clara Furey, on the other hand, has dedicated her performance When Even the to the great Leonard Cohen, while Andreas Spechtl & Thomas Köck present a ghostdance parcours at the museum. Ofelia Jarl Ortega’s and Mathias Ringgenberg aka PRICE’s contributions introduce Sex, Lies and Sounds of the millennials to the exhibition. In Alex Baczynski-JenkinsUs Swerve three roller-skating performers entice us for three hours as if in a never-ending pop song at the mumok Hofstallung. This is also where Liquid Loft present their Vienna version of Babylon (Slang) in the scope of their Foreign Tongues series, and Christine Gaigg invites visitors to Meet her in intimate encounters in times of erotic confusion.

Foto: Ivo Dimchev Avoiding deLIFEath © Karolina Miernik


[8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series 2018

Don’t ask me what rice is / Don’t ask me my advice / No idea what rice is / All I have learnt is his price.*)
(* Bertolt Brecht Song of Supply and Demand)
Modes of relationships. Modes of existence. Mining Stories and “It’s the economy, stupid.” Hacked digital rice cookers. A singing performer aka PRICE. Great sounds. Rollerscater. Black velvet and soft colors. B.B.
Undermining Stories: The [8:tension] Young Choeographers’ Series dashes through Schauspielhaus, Kasino at Schwarzenbergplatz, mumok and – in circles, loops, loops and verses – mumok Hofstallung. We cordially invite you to this decelerating journey through the present with the great artists of [8:tension] 2018.

[8:tension] 2018

Foto: Jamila Johnson-Small © Katarzyna Perlak, Carlos Jimenez



ImPulsTanz Party 2016 © Karolina Miernik

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Grafik: Katharina Gattermann, Foto © Karolina Miernik

Supporting ImPulsTanz!

Dear audience, this year again we would like to realize two dear to our hearts projects. With your help we would like to pack workshop packages for socially vulnerable kids. And also our mobile mirrored walls desperately need to be replaced by new ones. Find out MORE


Home wanted!

Are you looking for a cosy place to stay during your ImPulsTanz summer? OR: You don't want your Viennese apartment to grow lonely and rather introduce our workshop participants to the Viennese art of living? Some useful information HERE

Workshop Daybee Dorzile 2017 © Karolina Miernik

urbanative . Festival of Urban Arts Vienna 2018

Since 2017 ImPulsTanz offers a focus on Urban Arts initiated by Markus Eggensperger and Storm and featuring many events and the urbanative package. Take a look!  MORE

ImPulsTanz 2014: Volkstheater © Karolina Miernik

We kindly invite you to join our ImPulsForum! In the inspiring atmophere of the Red Bar of the Volkstheater we will arrange regular meetings and discussions with and for our audiences, artists, critics, experts, ImPulsTanz staff, well, everybody interested. But not only ImPulsTanz, also you can propose topics you like to discuss or get to know more about. MORE

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