For its musical past, Vienna can make the claim as being the centre of the cultural universe. But right now, it is some the most innovative and forward-thinking dancers in the world that have taken the city over.
A highlight in contemporary dance, ImPulsTanz is being held in Vienna until 16 August. There will be performances, workshops, research projects and social programs. The annual event was started in 1984 and has grown to be one of the most influential events in dance. It was conceived by Karl Regensburger and choreographer Ismael Ivo. To increase the gravitas of the event, they brought in renowned dance teachers Joe Alegado, Germaine Acogny and Walter Raines as well.
Thousands of performers, choreographers and dance enthusiasts join in the city to perform, discuss, dance and collaborate. The five-week event takes place every summer.
Also called the Vienna International Dance Festival, the event tries to show a cross-section of the incredibly diverse contemporary dance scene through a variety of performances. To help create the right atmosphere, the city opens some of its iconic venues to the dancers. The Vienna State Opera, the Burgtheater, the Museum Quarter and other popular theatres are all hosting events. Event organisers expect more than 30,000 spectators to attend more than 100 different performances.
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With brilliant staging and state-of-the-art production, the festival is welcoming artists and companies such as Ballet de l‘Opéra National de Paris, Alain Platel / les ballets C de la B, Jérôme Bel, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Damaged Goods, La La La Human Steps, Cie. Mathilde Monnier, Rosas, Ultima Vez and many more.
An important mission of the festival is its educational programmes. It presents a Young Choreographers' Series and welcomes thousands of participants – from beginners to professionals – to study with their famous teachers in more than 250 dance workshops.
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