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30 years ImPuls Tanz Festival

ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival celebrates its 30th year in 2013 and will dance its way through magnificent Viennese venues with a special anniversary edition. 

From July 11 to August 11, Europeʼs biggest dance and performance festival presents international highlights, innovative works by young choreographers and remarkable new productions.

As one of many highlights of the performance programme, dance-philosopher Jérôme Bel will show his latest creation: for “Disabled Theater“ the French choreographer works together with actors and actresses with disabilities from the Swiss Theater Hora. Besides Jérôme Bel, other French guests will be Compagnie Maguy Marin with her most recent production as well as Mathilde Monnier, director of Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon.

From Canada Marie Chouinard comes with her company. The recipient of numerous awards and long-term collaborator since the first ImPulsTanz years contributes a world premiere to the music of Erik Satie to the anniversary festival. On the same evening, she presents in a double programme the furious group piece “HENRI MICHAUX: MOUVEMENTS“ that premiered at ImPulsTanz in 2011. Another extraordinary dance moment lies ahead when Belgian dance pioneer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker enters the stage: together with her French colleague Boris Charmatz, she performs the duet “Partita 2“, a choreography to the composition of Johann Sebastian Bach, interpreted live on stage by baroque violinist
Amandine Beyer.

New York based choreographer Trajal Harrell, who was recently awarded a “Bessie“, will bring one of his new works to Vienna, so does the excentric artist duo Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud from France, who devote themselves to dance forms of the club culture in “altered nativesʼ Say Yes to Another Excess—TWERK“. As representatives of the young Austrian choreographic scene, Silke Grabinger and Doris Uhlich amongst others will shake the ImPulsTanz stages 2013.

Beyond the performance programme ImPulsTanz invites the audience for a dance: whether in the evenings on the dance floor in the meanwhile legendary festival lounge in Wiener Burgtheater or in one of around 200 workshops that the festival hosts. The grand masters of the field share their knowledge with beginners and professionals, children and golden agers, hip hoppers and yogis. In 2013, the spectrum ranges from urban styles to ballett. Amongst the international star teachers are improvisation artist David Zambrano, “contact scientist“ Nita Little, choreographer Xavier Le Roy and Gaga luminary Maya Lipsker. Moreover, you can also meet some of the artists, who can be experienced on stage, in the ImPulsTanz workshop studios: for instance Mathilde Monnier and Trajal Harrell provide an insight into their artistic work to professional dancers in the course of coaching projects. 


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