The lecture and symposium program is devised by Katrina Daschner, Thomas Edlinger and Janez Janša.

The three Theory curators bring different perspectives to the table: in addition to a choreographic-analytical approach, a pop-culture outlook critical of society and a queer/feminist perspective are increasingly taken into account as well. Some of the theory programme is thematically linked with TQW’s performance programme, but besides that it also investigates essential issues in the fields of choreography and performance, or, more generally, major concerns of our time. In addition, Tanzquartier Wien promotes a new way of engaging with the performances. Experts from various disciplines will write a text to accompany every work shown at TQW, which will provide both artists and visitors with additional material for analysis. The texts will be collected and published atour Newsblog and, moreover, as a print magazine once a year.

Katrina Daschner, born in Hamburg, is an artist and film-maker who has been living in Vienna for over twenty years. She taught at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 2005 to 2010. From 2009 to 2014, she hosted the queer CLUB BURLESQUE BRUTAL. In her projects, she primarily investigates sexuality, power structures and queer-feminist (body) politics as well as the transfer of theatrical acts and performances into the context of exhibitions and films. She presents her projects in exhibtions and at film festivals.

Thomas Edlinger, born in 1967 in Vienna, is a radio broadcaster, freelance arts and culture journalist, curator and author of books. Together with Fritz Ostermayer, Edlinger has been producing and presenting the FM4 radio show Im Sumpf since 1995. He held a post as curator at the O.K. Centre for Contemporary Art in Linz from 2002 to 2004 and at Lentos Art Museum Linz from 2004 to 2006. In 2015, he published the essay Der wunde Punkt. Vom Unbehagen an der Kritik. He has been artistic director of the donaufestival in Krems since 2017. Edlinger teaches in the Department of Art and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Janez Janša, born in 1964 as Emil Hrvatin, is a Slovenian performance artist and theorist. He edited and published Maska, a bilingual (English/Slovenian) performative arts magazine, and was director of an institute of the same name for publication, production and education from 1999 to 2006. He has presented many performative and installative projects and given lectures in many parts of the world since the early 1990s.


The lab programme regularly held at the TQW Studios is dedicated to exploration and exchange between local as well as international artists and experts.

Unhampered by the customary pressure to produce and present, the participants can explore general topical, specific or utterly unusual aspects of contemporary choreography and performance. Some of the subjects addressed relate to the contemporaneous performance programme at Tanzquartier Wien to enable a closer examination.

However, the labs also provide those interested with a platform to inquire into urgent issues of our time, irrespective of TQW’s programme. Experts or artists curate and run the labs.

TQW Magazin

Tanzquartier Wien promotes a new way of engaging with the performances: the TQW Magazin. Experts from various disciplines will write a text (in German) to accompany every work shown at TQW, which will provide both artists and visitors with additional material for analysis – and not least a focus on the practice of writing about dance and performance itself. The texts will be collected and published at our Newsblog, moreover, as a print magazine once a year.


TQW Magazin Posts


The reference library in the TQW Studios comprises a unique collection specialising in contemporary dance and performance. The well-stocked inventory, which is the core of the library, comprises over 2,600 titles and 2,100 magazines.

The foyer area accommodates general literature and anthologies on the subjects of dance, performance, art, theory and more, including subject-specific works from the fields of gender theory and philosophy. A comfortable, publicly accessible room for reading, researching and riffling is located on the first floor under the roof. A computer workstation is provided to browse the complete digitised archive of live performance recordings, lectures and labs held since the opening of TQW in 2001.

Moreover, a regularly updated selection of books, articles and videos related to the performance programme is available here to read up on or preview. The daily LUNCH BOOK reading session provides an opportunity to read together but also to exchange and reflect.



After the summer break, LUNCH BOOK will be back on 1 October, 13.00.

Online Mediathek

After five years of digitising and cataloguing all recordings of Tanzquartier Wien since its inception, TQW opened the online media library in 2015. The videos are available as streams (not as downloads). For copyright reasons, some can only be retrieved on request via log-in. All freely accessible recordings of TQW events are put online with the artists’ express permission.

Tanzquartier Wien Online Archive

The online archive currently comprises 300 recordings of performances, lectures, lecture-performances, artist talks and research formats. The stock is continually being expanded, and the complete archive can be consulted in TQW’s library as before.

Open Space Austria

Open Space Austria is an area of the online media library self-defined by Austrian dance and performance artists where they can upload own recordings of their artistic works. The platform intends to promote both the international visibility of the local scene and work in the field of dance studies outside of Vienna.