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ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival opens (Jul. 17 – Aug. 17, 2014)
The large-scale Vienna International Dance Festival “ImPulsTanz” is held each summer in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Some 35 dance works will be performed at 15 venues around the city during the festival’s one-month run that began on July 17. Fourteen of the works on the program belong to the “8:tension” series highlighting works of young choreographers that includes a Jury Award endowed with € 10,000 in prize money for the most outstanding work.
The festival opens with performances of tauberbach (Munchner Kammerspiele theater production) by Alain Platel and les ballets C de la B that was also performed at the Berliner Theatertreffen 2014. Other works include a humorous contemporary version of Swan Lake by the South African choreographer and dancer Dada Masilo, a new work by Lloyd Newson and DV8 Physical Theatre titled John, the Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods work Sketches/Notebook and an array of other stimulating performances. Also, in the ImPulsTanz Classic series presenting famous works of contemporary dance from the past, there will be performances of Jérôme Bel’s early work titled Jérôme Bel, the Bulgarian choreographer Ivo Dimchev with his performance of Fest and the Austrian choreographer Chris Haring and Liquid Loft present Talking Head.
From Japan, Ko Murobushi presents Enthusiastic Dance on the Grave (performed by Teita Iwabuchi, Yo Nakamura and others) and the new work Faux Pas, and the Vienna-based choreographer Akemi Takeya presents her new work Little Stories about S.O.S.
During the festival run there will be a large variety of workshops, as another feature of this festival. This there will be four 5-day continuous seminars and two 2-day intensive seminars, and a total of 240 workshops will be held in 20 different venues.

Festival Outline
The predecessor to this festival is the Vienna International Dace Week launched in 1984 by the Brazilian-born dancer Ismael Ivo and others. It began initially as a workshop festival but soon performances were added and in 1988 it took on its present name. Today it has become one of Europe’s leading festivals inviting internationally renowned choreographers and companies such as Wim Vandekeybus and Marie Chouinard, La la la Human Steps, Rosas, Joseph Nadji and Emio Greco to name a few. The festival also known for providing a variety of workshops by international choreographers. In 1996, it also established the scholarship system danceWeb-Europe. From 2001, it began the 8:tension program series for young choreographers. There are also research projects providing a platform for investigation into the latest directions.
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