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.
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?More
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.More
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.Summary list
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.Summary list
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.Summary list
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.Summary list
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.Summary list