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ImPulsTanz 2018

Jamilla Johnson-Small (UK) – I ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere © Katarzyna Perlak, Carlos Jimenez

Vienna becomes the capital of dance

What began in 1984 on a small scale has developed into one of the most important festivals of contemporary dance worldwide. For one month, from 12th July to 12th August 2018, Vienna will be in the spotlight of the ImPulsTanz Festival 2018. A vast number of well-known professional dancers, choreographers and performers from all over the world meet each other, work together and impart their passion and enthusiasm to the countless spectators, workshop participants and dance fans of various genres – excitement guaranteed.

Performances 2018

Louise Lecavalier / Fou glourieux (CA), Battleground © Carl Lessard

This summer the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival invites you on a journey through time, from the 16th century to the immediate future. World premieres, Austrian debut performances, group pieces and solo performances dance through international music history, classical ballets, Japanese dance theater, one’s own life or those of almost forgotten and important personalities, the failure of politics, millennial issues and new technologies.

This year’s festival opens with a solo performance by Canadian Dave St. Pierre: a swan song to the botched world – funny, thrilling and never depressing. On the first weekend, none other than Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, with her Compagnie Rosas and the world-famous cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, brings Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Cello Suites” to the dance at the Burgtheater.

This combination of dance and music runs through the program of ImPulsTanz 2018 like a red thread.

François Chaignaud & Nino Laisné, accompanied by four outstanding musicians with historical instruments, transform Spanish music from the 16th and 17th centuries. With Simon Mayer, people make music with robots.

On 23rd June, 2018, mumok will be the starting point for the exhibition “Double Lives – Visual Artists Making Music”. In dialogue with this show, ImPulsTanz presents top-class, experimental, dance-musical artistic works in a variety of facets.

As every year, the young generation will be presented as part of the [8: tension] Young Choreographers’ Series. Eight productions from South Korea, the USA and Europe take you on a journey through the present – with chopped rice cookers, music by PRICE, questions about blackness and queerness and much more.

HERE you will find the 2018 program including information about purchasing tickets.

Workshops and Research 2018

ImPulsTanz 2018, Salim Gauwloos (US/BE), Contemporary Jazz © Nina Saurugg

From the screaming workshop, to table dancing and MixedAbilities workshops, the new workshop department music X dance at ImPulsTanz 2018 promises all that and much more.

With over 200 workshops, 10 research projects and 3 teacher training sessions, the festival invites you to dance in the light-flooded studios of the Vienna Arsenal, which this year will once again be the hotspot of those dance enthusiasts who are active themselves or want to become active.

A cafeteria invites you to linger, pools offer cool refreshment and the doors to the workshops are open. Watching is welcome! Also at the open-door events with free admission, such as the opening presentation on 15th July 2018, the Dance Battle on 4th August 2018, the closing event on 11th August 2018 or the numerous showings and jams.

About 100 workshops are suitable for beginners – and offer numerous highlights.

Stéphane “Peeps” Moun, who has worked with pop stars like Culcha Candela or for the brands Nike and Adidas, leads us into the world of House, New Jack Swing and Hype. Brahms “Bravo” La Fortune transforms the dance studio into a New York club. Juan Jesús Guiraldi teaches an incomparable mix of contemporary and urban dance, parkour, circus and folk dance movements.

Studio E / Arsenal Jonathan Burrows (UK), Writing Dance © Karolina Miernik

Sri Louise reflects on the social climate in the yoga of the West, Terence Lewis celebrates Bollywood drama, the Russian Sasha Pirogova weaves a dialogue between visual art and dance. Fabiana Pastorini & Ariel Uziga move from Feldenkrais into dance. South African Dada Masilo intertwines classical ballet with contemporary techniques. Libby Farr teaches ballet beyond pointe shoes – for every age, every level. Ismael Ivo, co-founder of ImPulsTanz and director of the Balé da Cidade de São Pauolo, brings expressive African dances to Vienna. And for the first time at the festival Michal Sayfan gives a GAGA workshop. The joy of movement is central to all these courses. This is also the case in Doris Uhlich’s Ruhestandtanz for people beyond the age of 55.

2018 will of course see MixedAbilities workshops again, as will the SHAKE-THE-BREAK workshops for children in cooperation with Dschungel Wien.

In addition to its wide range of workshops, ImPulsTanz offers advanced and professional dancers and performers an exquisite series of research projects. The research projects often consist of individual coaching, group experiments or intensive improvisation experiences, which are stimulated by the project leaders.

More about the WORKSHOPS.
More about RESEARCH.

Soçial 2018

After the long and intense ImPulsTanz days, the ImPulsTanz festival lounge opens its doors in the evening/at night. Here artists and spectators, dance fans and music lovers come together, exchange ideas and dance until dawn.

During the event the ImPulsTanz festival lounge presents live concerts and DJ sets every evening – admission is free

Information about Soçial can be found HERE.

For further information please contact:

Museumstrasse 5/21
A-1070 Vienna

Wiener Tanzwochen
Neustiftgasse 3/12
A-1070 Vienna

T +43 1 523 55 58
F +43 1 523 55 589

General inquiries: info@impulstanz.com


TIP: The Schick Hotels & Restaurants Vienna are centrally located in Vienna and close to the various venues, workshop and party locations – let yourself be captivated by a hot summer of dance and be delighted by Viennese charm in the “SCHICK” private hotels and restaurants.


Data and Image sources: © ImPulsTanz Press contact.

Head Image: Jamilla Johnson-Small (UK) – I ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere © Katarzyna Perlak, Carlos Jimenez



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