… for 32 unforgettable festival days with 47,000 visitors in Vienna’s theatres and museums, at the [8:tension] Young Choreographers’ Series, at our Classics, at the book presentations, film screenings and much more. We are already looking forward to 2024: 11 July to 11 August!
Photo: © yakoone
Marga Alfeirão with Mariana Benenge, Myriam Lucas, Shaka Lion for LOUNGE! The international jury consisting of Tamara Alegre, Anna Kozonina and Mateusz Szymanówka state their decision with the following words: “for a work that is relaxed but politically charged, for being courageous and caring, for masterfully choreographing lesbian sensuality and intimacy between two performers, establishing a strong personal connection on stage that is also welcoming for the audience”. Congratulations on the award, which comes with a two-week artistic residency at ImPulsTanz 2024 and 5,000 euro prize money. We look forward to seeing them again next year! In addition, the jury gave special mention to Batty Bwoy by Harald Beharie and To Be Possessed by Chara Kotsali.
Photo: Marga Alfeirão with Mariana Benenge, Myriam Lucas, Shaka Lion LOUNGE ©️ Mayra Wallraff
The last dances for 2023 were held outdoor at the Public Moves classes on 4 August and indoor at the «expressions’23» at Schmelz on 5 August. We are very pleased that 42,100 classes were attended this year and over 17,000 people danced at and watched the Public Moves outdoor classes. Thanks to our Public Moves partners Arbeiterkammer Wien, Raiffeisen, Stadtbank in Wien, MuseumsQuartier Wien and the district administration of the 22nd district of Vienna, without whom none of this would have been possible.
Photo: Christopher Matthews Commercial Jazz © yakoone
On 29 July, the freestyle dance contest Rhythm is a Dancer took place again, hosted by Storm, with DJ Worst Messiah providing the surprising tracks. In the end, the international jury, consisting of Archie Burnett, Silke Grabinger, Terence Lewis, Sri Louise and Stéphane Peeps, decided in favour of the Salzburg choreographer and dancer Farah Deen, who prevailed against a total of 40 outstanding participants. Congratulations from the bottom of our hearts!
Photo: Storm (host) & Farah Deen (winner) © Maja Preckel
Between August and October, ImPulsTanz invites you to its unique workshops in Italy. In collaboration with Artis Umbria – the newly founded dance and health retreat by ImPulsTanz lecturer Kerstin Kussmaul – the five internationally renowned artists Glenna Batson, Sri Louise, Franca Pagliassotto, Terence Lewis and Shinichi Iova-Koga will each teach one week of dance and bodywork. The retreat includes four hours of movement daily and a day off to explore the beautiful Umbrian countryside, go swimming, taste wine or simply unwind under the Italian sun. Special deal: all ImPulsTanz workshop pass holders get a 10% discount on the Country Retreats.
Photo: © Jacob Mohr Jensen
Together with ca. 30.000 people we not only celebrated on 30 evenings at the ImPulsTanz Festival Lounge this year, but also danced at the two ImPulsTanz Parties for the first time at the Arkadenhof in the Vienna City Hall and traditionally in Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz, where we enjoyed the breathtaking concerts by Peaches and LYZZA. Thank you for coming!
Photo: Peaches – ImPulsTanz A-Side Party © yakoone
From 19 to 21 October, the Choreographic Platform Austria will take place at brut, Festspielhaus Sankt Pölten and Tanzquartier Wien – the entire programme is now here available!
Mentorship amongst choreographers is nothing new: Jose Limón had Doris Humphrey, and Alvin Ailey had Lester Horton. But in a career where there is often scarce training (most college programs still primarily train dancers, not choreographers, for instance) and that can be competitive and isolating, mentorship opportunities that are formalized rather than happenstance are becoming increasingly needed.
DANZA&DANZA INTERNATIONAL is a digital-only magazine in English with news and reviews from all over the world and exclusive interviews with the stars of dance. The latest July/August issue features the always surprising Principal dancer Daniil Simkin as cover story, an exclusive interview with Geneva Ballet’s Artistic Director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, as well as a focus on Maria Callas on the centenary of her birth.
What will the dance world of tomorrow be like? An answer – or several – might be illuminated by our annual list of dancers, choreographers and companies on the brink of skyrocketing. These trailblazers and breakout stars are forging their own paths through our field. We can’t wait to see where they lead us next.