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!


"Fit for the Future" Series of Research Papers

Four publications commissioned by EDN in 2021

In 2021, European Dancehouse Network commisioned partner organizations and researchers to investigate the key trends and relations between dance and well-being, dance and mobility, digital shifts in the dance field before and post-pandemic time, as well as how dance could contribute to EU’s external relations. All papers are available for download.

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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