ImPulsTanz 2021 / Wien

Botelho Guilherme Alias Normal (c) Gregory Batardon

15.07. – 15.08.2021

This year’s festival at the Odeon will be opened by Alexandra Bachzetsis’ Private Song. In this piece, created for documenta 14, soulful rembetiko songs meet wrestling fantasies and Hollywood clichés. Speaking of Hollywood: Trajal Harrell refers to the classic film The Cat on the Hot Tin Roof in Maggie The Cat. There, he puts the spotlight on the Black servants, who are mostly silent in the film, and gives them a voice – through voguing and rap. In addition, the long-awaited co-production Dancer of the Year will now also be a guest at ImPulsTanz. Not Dancer of the Year, but Choreographer of the Year 2020 was chosen by tanz magazine for Akram Khan, who in the Austrian premiere of Outwitting the Devil at the Volkstheater realizes the world’s first environmental poem from the Gilgamesh epic with a multigenerational ensemble – including Dominique Petit. Opening at the Volkstheater is Meg Stuart’s world premiere of CASCADE, with a dreamlike set design by Philippe Quesne. Other world premieres are announced by international greats such as Maguy Marin, Alain Platel, Michael Laub and Raja Feather Kelly, as well as Austrian choreographers such as Ian Kaler, Willi Dorner, Saskia Hölbling and Liquid Loft. One focus of this year’s festival is on dance (post)modernism, bringing it into the present in the form of reenactments at MuTh and mumok. For example, Elisabeth Schwartz revives the pioneer of expressive dance, Isadora Duncan, in Jérôme Bel’s piece, Ruth Childs devotes herself to the choreographic legacy of her famous aunt Lucinda, and as part of Kosmos Wiener Tanzmoderne, eight female choreographers (including Martina Haager, Eva-Maria Schaller and Loulou Omer) show dances by Rosalia Chladek, Gertrud Bodenwieser, Hanna Berger and Gertrud Kraus.

From Afro Haitian Dance to Waxing Gibbous Moon Embodiment Party and Folktrance to Vogue To Everything: 179 workshops await dance enthusiasts this year, registrations are already open. Around 90 classes are suitable for beginners, older people and children, which shows how much value is placed on young talent and inclusion at ImPulsTanz. After a year of physical distance, a series of workshops and research projects look at how to dance together at a distance in a variety of ways: Mårten Spångberg explores in Dancing Together – Ecologies of Dance what happens when the premise of “being together” changes. Thomas Hauert plays with concepts of free will and simultaneous responsibility in Bodies in motion connecting at a distance. Jennifer Lacey’s Research Project Making things in the face of overload takes away for a week the pressure of also having to be productive in the pandemic. Moriah Evans, Defne Erdur and Maria F. Scaroni are also working on their improvisation classes to recharge their batteries alone and yet together.

For the first time at ImPulsTanz, Shinichi Iova-Koga invites to the Japanese “Dance of Darkness”, Idio Chichava brings dance from Mozambique and Anna Gaberscik teaches voguing together with Karin Cheng. But also well-known prominent audience favorites can be found in the program: Dance India dance judge Terence Lewis brings Bollywood to Vienna, Madonna dancer Salim Gauwloos fuses modern dance and jazz, Missy Elliott choreographer Comfort Fedoke shows hip-hop moves and Joe Alegado strengthens coordination, rhythm and the relationship to the earth.

The majority of ImPulsTanz workshops are also open to people with disabilities. However, the All-Abilities Department is specifically dedicated to this topic: In Vera Rosner’s DanceAbility, intuition meets improvisation. Attila Zanin shows moves from hip-hop dance to children with and without disabilities from the age of 11. For both workshops, “pay what it’s worth to you”! In addition, Tanja Erhart and Katharina Senk deal with Ableism in dance in their Field Project. And Alito Alessi teaches how to teach inclusive dance and movement groups in his DanceAbility Teacher Certification.

Also back are the popular free outdoor taster classes Public Moves, powered by AK Vienna. From July 7 to August 15, instructors will impart their skills and knowledge for all ages and levels in the arcade courtyard of Vienna’s City Hall, on the Kaiserwiese in Vienna’s Prater and on the SPORTinsel on the Danube Island.

15.07. – 15.08.20201
Anmeldung für Workshops ab Mitte April möglich