Guiding principles

TQW is dedicated to promoting contemporary dance and performance and related theoretical discourses and viewpoints. It receives, initiates, nurtures and protects artistic processes and shares in their risk. An integral component of programme design and development is the theoretical knowledge of dance and performance, which the TQW has played a decisive role in extending since its foundation.

The location of the TQW at the centre of the Vienna Museumsquartier supports the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, the tracing of contemporary developments and pioneering trends in dance creation and the dialogic proximity with other arts disciplines.


Since its inception in 2001, Tanzquartier Wien has counted among the most influential dance centres in Europe. Initiated by local artists, it was one of several cultural institutions that were given premises at MuseumsQuartier. The first artistic director, Sigrid Gareis, was succeeded by Walter Heun in 2009. As of the beginning of 2018, Bettina Kogler is in charge of the establishment.

Building and facilities

TQW has 3 rehearsal and training studios, 2 of which are equipped for performances (100 seats).  There are 2 performance venues: Halle E – approx. 870 seats and Halle G – approx. 310 seats.

The library offers specialist literature on: dance science, dance training, performance theory, dance and performance history, theatre, philosophy, body and aesthetics. It is complemented by a media library and since 2015 an online Mediathek the core of which is the archive of Tanzquartier Wien with  video recordings of the artistic and discursive works that have taken place at the dancehouse (performances, lectures, research-workshops, etc.) since its foundation in 2001.

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TQW Magazin 2018/19

Tanzquartier Wien presents its yearly magazine

The new TQW Magazin is out now, brings together bilingual (German/English) scientific, journalistic or very personal reflections on all productions shown during the season 2018/19.


Dancehouses in May and June

May - June 2020

Join EDN members remotely

While many EDN members are still closed for public, activities continue to take place remotely - both for artists and audiences! We bring to you plenty of shows, trainings, celebrations, reflections. Take your peak!


CoFestival 2020

Nov 20-25, 2020

Ljubljana's festival of contemporary dance and choreography goes online

Due to the limitations of the epidemic, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance CoFestival, with curatorial theme »The Amplifiers of Voices« will be performed in two separate segments. Between 20 and 25 November 2020, a series of online events will take place and the festival with live shows will be postponed until April 2021.


Covid-19 impact on EDN members

EDN survey conducted by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo

European Dancehouse Network together with Fondazione Fitzcarraldo present the report with results of "EDN in Times of Covid-19" survey with responses of 38 dance houses from 23 different countries. 


Tanz in Bern

24 October to 8 November

Dear Darkness

Dampfzentrale (EDN member) is looking forward to see you in Bern, Switzerland for the 12th edition of its festival.



Next meeting: 3 November

A new co-production dance platform in Chile

NAVE launches TACTO, the first digital co-production platform in the field of chilean contemporary dance, where national artists and platforms will be matched with international programmers.


Curating in Context

Resources from the International Summer School

Over the course of the summer, EDN member Lokomotiva (North Macedonia) conducted the first edition of its International Summer School. We highly recommend diving in the resources made available online by Lokomotiva to reflect on contemporary practices of performing arts in relation to activism, social movements and self-organization.


Europe beyond Access

Survey deadline: 30 October

Making dance that celebrates difference

The project Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. At the lab hosted by Holland Dance Festival, the following question stood central: How can we create dance and performing arts scenes that are more diverse and that support the work of disabled dancers and artists?


EDN joins Perform Europe

Join Perform Europe’s online Opening Event on 28 January at 14:00 CET

Perform Europe supports experiments with more sustainable ways in cross-border physical and digital distribution of the performing arts in the 41 Creative Europe countries with a view to designing future support schemes for the sector.

Activities EDN

Archives to come

The Atelier organised by Tanzquartier Wien fed the artistic research related to Archiving. As part of the research series SCORES, the Atelier aimed to investigate the diverse practices and strategies of potential and constantly actualized archiving, the archives of the future, continuously arriving, the archives to come. It searched to distinguish tendencies, possibilities and means offered by contemporary choreographic practice in comparison to and in alliance with other disciplines. 

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EDN celebrated its first conference in Vienna from 22 to 25 April 2015 under the title Imaginary Relationships.


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Balkan Roadshow

Tanzquartier Wien organised the "EDN Roadshow", an activity in order to discuss positions and developments in contemporary dance, structures, aesthetic strategies and practices of diverse cultural contexts of South-Eastern Europe.

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Modul-dance was a multi-annual cooperation project with the participation of 20 European dance houses from 16 countries. Its main aim was to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists.

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The very first step towards EDN, IDEE was proposed by 9 dancehouses working together for the first time as a network. It set out to work with emerging choreographers to help them to make connections across Europe and to contextualise their work for international audiences.

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Encounter Japan

In February 2017 a group of eight representatives of EDN attended a very rich programme of initiatives, participated in speed networking sessions with artists and professionals, developing new connections and dialogues, being introduced to representatives of Asian funding bodies and supportive organizations. This was the first step in the collaboraiton with AND+.

Roberto Casarotto shares his report of the meetings.

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Dance Production and Funding in Europe

EDN organized the Information Workshop on Dance Production and Funding in Europe in Brussels. The aim was to consider the current realities of producing dance for the contemporary dance sector in Europe, the impact of funding schemes on artistic practice and the possibilities for closer collaboration and information exchange with institutions involved in cultural funding in Europe.

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Outreach Lebanon

A delegation of six EDN members attended Moultaqa Leymoun, the Arab Dance Platform organised by Maqamat Theatre in Beirut and the Chouf Mountains during BIPOD 2016. The 5th edition of this platform showcased and promoted the work of 20 Arab choreographers from Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Iran.

Arianna Economou, director of Dance Gate Lefkosia, shares her experience of this visit.

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Outreach Chile

EDN representatives travelled to Chile to attend the 14th edition of the festival Danzalborde. Additionally, EDN members visited the School of Architecture of the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria. Directors of dancehouses and students shared conversations about the buildings for dance.

José Laginha, director of DeVIR|CAPa, shares his experience of Valparaiso and Santiago de Chile.

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