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ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival 2016

What shakes your beliefs?

What began on a small scale in 1984 has developed into one of the most important contemporary dance festivals worldwide. For one full month, from July 14 through August 14, 2016, the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna will take place once again. Countless notable dance professionals, choreographers and speakers from around the world will meet, collaborate and pass on their passion to the innumerable spectators, workshop visitors and dance fans – enthusiasm guaranteed.


2016 performances – a moving journey for the senses

Wim Vandekeybus_Speak Low If You Speak Love (c)Danny Willems

Wim Vandekeybus_Speak Low If You Speak Love (c)Danny Willems

Introductory marathon through numerous locations in Vienna.
A garden of delights and a mystical mountain made of salt. Dance fireworks to David Byrne’s guitar sounds and a flamenco body in fervid playfulness. From Europe’s ancestor to the Vikings, the slave traders and the partisan forests in Yugoslavia. Dancelike eruptions then and now. Welcome to ImPulsTanz 2016.

“Freedom, equality, solidarity – no more than abstract words that disintegrate in our mouths like rotten mushrooms?” is how the Viennese Hugo von Hofmannsthal described this feeling in 1902. On July 14, 2016, the anniversary of the French Revolution, the great choreographer Maguy Marin, who was recently awarded a Golden Lion in Venice for her life’s work, will open the 2016 ImPulsTanz festival with her powerful new work.

With international highlights, an art & dance focus and the awarding of the Casinos Austria Prix Jardin d’Europe to young artists from the [8:tension] series, the performance program promises fascinating insights into the endless facets of dance and performance.

HERE is a link to the program.


Workshops and research

The beat sets the tone.
The 250 workshops and research projects at ImPulsTanz at the Vienna Arsenal are sure to thrill every dance fan. International and Austrian greats, among them New York house dance legend Sekou Heru and nuevo flamenco dancer Marco de Ana, will transform the dance studio into a club and a Spanish bodega.

ImPulsTanz will hold around 90 workshops just for beginners of all age groups. Among them will be many new faces and styles. The spectrum ranges from urban dance with Helmut Fixl and Marie-Christin Scherzer to a mix of house dancing fitness training to burn off energy, all the way to trance and slash for African music, and lots more still.

ImPulsTanz Workshop Salim Gauwloos (c)Nina Saurugg

ImPulsTanz Workshop Salim Gauwloos (c)Nina Saurugg

Your journey – your yoga!
The bodywork department promises one thing about all: improving your every day quality of life and getting to know your own body.

ImPulsTanz is dedicating a special focus to contact improvisation. In addition to workshops such as one by Ray Chung, in which improvisation technique meets martial arts, discussions, jams and performances will invite the audience to think and move together.

The activities on offer for people with and without disabilities will expand by four new courses. Moreover, together with Alito Alessi, ImPulsTanz is offering a one-month training to become a certified DanceAbility teacher – registration is currently open.

Together with DSCHUNGEL WIEN, ImPulsTanz will rock the summer holidays. At the 16 workshops for children and youth between four and 20 years of age, Mamadou M’Baye will tell stories and Conny Aitzetmueller will train pole spinning.

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Soçial – for night owls

Live concerts and parties.
ImPulsTanz festival lounge
Under the slogan “Ch-ch-changes,” the ImPulsTanz festival lounge will open its gates every day from July 14 through August 14, 2016 starting at 10:00 PM every evening. The party oasis in the Burgtheater vestibule will ensure there are DJs, live concerts and cool drinks for wild nights – all with free admission.

ImPulsTanz festival parties
Meanwhile, ImPulsTanz’s annual opening and closing parties at the Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz have attained cult status in summery Vienna. On these two evenings, the former officers’ casino will transform itself into a place of ecstatic joie de vivre. Artists and festival employees, as well as a party audience enthusiastic about dance, will make these parties colorful and lively.

Click HERE for details on the Soçial.


ImPulsTanzFestival – 2016 Vienna International Dance Festival
from July 14 – August 14, 2016

For further information, to book tickets, find locations and much more about ImPulsTanz, visit: https://www.impulstanz.com/en/

1070 Vienna, Museumstrasse 5/21

Wiener Tanzwochen
1070 Vienna, Neustiftgasse 3/12

Tel. +43.1.523 55 58
Fax: +43.1.523 55 589

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