On July 11 the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, Europe’s biggest event for contemporary dance and performance, opens. Until August 11, it invites you to experience great art on the most beautiful stages in Vienna as well as pleasantly cool museums around the MQ. Your own urge to move in any weather can be experienced indoors and outdoors and (almost) around the clock: in more than 230 workshops for dance enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, as well as at ImPulsTanz Soçial at the Festival Lounge at Burgtheater Vestibül or at the parties at Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz.
Interview with Christine Standfest, curatorin and dramaturge
Who/what are you?
ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival
What are your fields of activity?
Dance, performance, workshops, research and music.
How do you reach your goals?
Through work, passion and profound knowledge of the field.
What challenges do you face?
We always try to create ideal conditions for our artists and the audience.
What is important to you?
A respectful work environment, lots of fun, and qualified reflection on the most important questions of our time.
How big is your team?
In summer, during the festival, our team includes approximately 300 people.
Since when have you been at Q21?
It feels like we’ve always been here. We feel very much at home.
A perfect work day starts with…
…our office’s WhatsApp group, ‘Kisterl & Milch’ (‘box & milk).
Doris Uhlich: TANK
Dates: Fri, Jul 12 & Sun, Jul 14, 19:00
Ticket: € 15–32
Is this creature an experiment, maybe even a genetic recreation like Ripley in part 4 (Resurrection) of the Alien film series? Perhaps. In any case, what happens in this piece by the renowned Viennese choreographer Doris Uhlich with the body of the human being Doris Uhlich is as well somewhat uncanny. Centre stage at Odeon theatre stands a large glass tube, an undefinable, misty substance wavering inside. There! A hand, an outline, a leg, a naked body that vibrates in the high-energy tension of the music by Boris Kopeinig. In this solo piece, Doris Uhlich tackles the delicate subject of body modifications, including all that comes with it – from promises of happiness to dystopian prospects.
Duration: 70 min
Date: Fri, Jul 19, 14:30 - 18:08
A 3 hours and 38 minutes dance performance in a space infused by the beats of a techno set by Fiedel (Berghain/Ostgut Ton) and filled with a floor installation by the visual artist Anton Stoianov, which evokes the archive of a dancefloor. As Gies unfolds his dance, the performance becomes an invitation for individual and collective movements to come.
Duration: 218 min
A cooperation of ImPulsTanz and Q21 as part of the exhibition Dance of Urgency, curated by Bogomir Doringer
Dates: Sat, Jul 20 and Sat, Aug 03, 3 sessions from 13:00
Venue: Artist-in-Residence Studio 501 / MQ courtyard 7
Unclouded Dances are one-on-one dance performances created by Frédéric Gies based on his practice technosomatics, which combines techno, dance, and healing.
Each session in his studio lasts for 45 minutes.
Music: Fiedel; Concept: Frédéric Gies
Date: Fri, Aug 02, 22:00
Venue: Halle E
Ticket: € 18 – 35
Music can be used as a tool in the fight for gender neutrality. After the success of All Love’s Legal, Planningtorock, also known as Jam Rostron, have released their fourth – celebrated – album, Powerhouse. As a teenager, the musician found artist Tom of Finland exciting, today they create tracks like Transome, which were banned by British public radio at one point. The broadcaster considered the phrase “you make me so wet” too explicit. Transome is a track on Powerhouse, Planningtorock’s latest and most personal album. They now present a “musical show” of the same name, honouring Rostron’s music-loving mother as well as their sister as an “autistic raver” and Jam themself as a child of the working class. They are joined by Ian Kaler in the roles of choreographer and performer as well as by film-maker Imogen Heath and special guests. This will be a performance with painful “Wounds” and playful “Much To Touch” – music that sweeps you off your feet, provides encouragement and makes many things right again.
Duration: 70 min
Q21 Backstage: In June we present the Jan Arnold Gallery located in the Q21 Showrooms, and talk to one of the gallery's curators Sebastian Schager. The refreshingly new gallery concept under the name of the fictional character Jan Arnold counters the established institutionalisation of the art world and defines itself as a “curated space & missing link” for contemporary art.
Q21 Backstage: Computer games are one of the youngest forms of digital culture. There are big players and convinced independents. Broken Rules are Indie Game makers. They collaborate and cooperate with artists of such diverse areas as music, acting and illustration, to realize virtual worlds.