Tanzquartier Wien – Centre for Contemporary Choreography and Performance




Tanzquartier Wien – Centre for Contemporary Choreography and Performance

Since its inception in 2001, Tanzquartier Wien has been 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. Tanzquartier Wien presents various events in its three Studios from October to June and in MuseumsQuartier’s Hall G from October to April.

The goal and purpose of Tanzquartier Wien is an ongoing collaboration with local artists active in choreography and performance. This may take the form of various formats, and isn’t afraid to take risks or experiment. Another focus is on the presentation of selected works by international artists. In addition, Tanzquartier Wien continues to work tirelessly in body & performance practices, theory & research, as well as artistic labs and audiencing. Visitors have a library at their disposal that holds a selection of specialist literature and a media library that also serves as an archive.

Tanzquartier Wien is a place for artists to work and exchange ideas; simultaneously, it is a venue where visitors can engage with contemporary choreography that takes up sociopolitical and/or artistic discourses. As an institution, we are dedicated to facilitating local and international engagement with contemporary dance, choreography, and performance and work relentlessly to create encounters, exchange, and a community – if you are here to watch, listen, dance, discuss or theorise – including but not limited to elements and aspects from other artistic and social practices.

In terms of content, Tanzquartier Wien’s programming is in line with, among other things, Donna Haraway’s considerations. The US-American theoretician has postulated that a future “more worth living” is only possible if we finally stop passing on and writing the same destructive narratives. In that sense, Tanzquartier Wien sees itself as a creative space for new narratives and a “better” future. Or, to put it in the words of German philosopher Eva von Redecker: “Instead of depleting nature and ourselves by answering the call of profit and phantom property, human endeavours should concentrate on regeneration: nurture, sustain – and dance.”



Bettina Kogler –

Artistic Managing Director & Programme

Ulrike Heider-Lintschinger –

Commercial Managing Director

Office Management

Nina Gadermaier


Carolina Nöbauer


Anna Leon

Body & Performance Practices

Linda Samaraweerová

Library & TQW Magazin

Christina Gillinger


Maximilian Hohlweg


Sebastian Lorenz

Bernhard Seyringer


Helma Bittermann – Head of Marketing

Jonathan Hörnig – Marketing

Franz Jud – Press

Theresa Rauter – Audiencing


Nina Gadermaier


Ela Piplits —

Head of Ticketing

Elya Fey

Florian Hohl

Mayra Jenzer Azevedo

Technical Department

Monika Gruber — Head of Technical Department

Lisa Schwarzenbacher

Financial & Personnel Administration

Michaela Radler-Röck —

Head of Financial & Personnel Administration

Fariba Karimi

Dario Schranz

Evening Managers

Quirin Babl

Carina Netzer

Visitor Services

David Gees

Johanna Hegyi

Rebekka Ludwig

Jakob Merkle

Paula Mudri

Elisabeth Petutschnig

Inga Redecker

Xenia Schedlmayer

Zoe Schuhmann

Maira Susman

Sophia Zürneck


Gorica Stankovic


TQW Studios
Box office & evening box office
Body & Performance Practices
Mon–Fri 9.30–17.30
12.–25.08. closed
TQW Halle E+G
Evening box office
The evening box office opens one hour before showtime at the respective venue.

PARASOL – a dance group of TQW

For some time now, the production and working conditions have become more and more precarious and project-based in the contemporary dance scene. There are especially no opportunities for young artists to be part of an ensemble to develop their artistic practice and have financial security. PARASOL is TQW’s response to this situation.

Starting in 2022, two experienced choreographers – this year’s are Ulduz Ahmadzadeh and Elizabeth Ward – will continuously work with a select group of five young dancers on a TQW Halle G production for three months each year. Compared to the usual short production processes in the independent performing arts scene, a long and intensive rehearsal process will allow more time for development and experimentation.

Further training will complement the artistic practice, and artists will be embedded in TQW’s diverse programme of productions, theory lectures, and body & performance practices. A hybrid artistic – and paid – training project for the dance scene in Vienna and beyond, but also a mobile network of relations, an experimental setting focusing on the vital needs of ensemble productions: solidarity, collective experience, conviviality.

2024 Participants:

Helena Araújo     

Helena Araújo, born in Rio de Janeiro, is currently based in Vienna. She loves plot twists and a clown full of kitsch and bad jokes. Helena loves to give space for the imagination to flourish and the double meanings to arise. Her works have been shown in various places, such as the Radiant Nights Festival at De Singel Theatre, the Moving Futures Festival at De Nieuwe Vorst Theatre, the FDS Festival and the Zahrada Theatre, among others. As a performer, she has worked with artists like the TRASH performance group, Ivo Dimchev, Renan Martins, Martin Talaga, Petra Tejnorová, and Pietro Marullo.

Elda Gallo     

Elda Gallo is a choreographer, dancer, and performer. She studied contemporary dance at the dance theatre school Paolo Grassi, Milan, where she worked with choreographers like Lucinda Childs, Michele Di Stefano, Ariella Vidak, and Shen Wei. She continued her studies in Austria, graduating from SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Over the years, she collaborated with various choreographers such as Masako Matsushita, Rebecca Murgi, Luca Signoretti, and Matteo Marfoglia. In 2020, she received the BMKÖS START Stipendium. In the same year, she premiered her first choreography Ocean. In 2023, she premiered A forest to grow people and presented her work in progress 2070 at Kultursommer Wien and WUK.

Yoh Morishita     

Yoh Morishita, born in Kobe, Japan, is a dancer and dance maker based in Vienna. After she graduated with a BA in architecture and design in Japan, she studied for a BA in contemporary dance in Austria and Belgium. In 2023, she received a music and performing arts scholarship from the Austrian Federal Ministry for the Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports, an ATLAS Scholarship at ImPulsTanz Festival and an In the Field scholarship at Wiener Festwochen.

Jennie-love Navoret     

Jennie-love Navoret, born in Haiti in 2001, is currently based in Austria. She began her dance journey at the Chambéry Conservatory during her school years, later joining the Annecy Regional Conservatory to explore contemporary and hip-hop and obtaining a DEC diploma. She completed her professional dancer training at SEAD in Salzburg. After a two-year further training at Edouard Hue’s Beaver Dam Company in Annecy, she performed in Hidden in plain sight, a dance piece by the Vienna-based Hungry Shark company.

Viltė Švarplytė     

Viltė Švarplytė is a dancer and performer based in Vienna and Salzburg. She studied contemporary dance in Scotland and Austria and performed for Jianan Qu, Sonja Pregrad, and Vytis Jankauskas, a.o. In 2016, she received a TQW Body and Performance Practices scholarship, and in 2020, she was nominated in the category ‘Best Dancer’ at the Lithuanian Golden Cross of the Stage awards. Viltė is fascinated by the quality of indeterminacy in performance and is currently developing her research practice around that. After a maternity leave, she welcomes the moment of transitioning back to a dancing body with all its possible unfoldings.


Tanzquartier Wien is co-shaping the future of European contemporary dance in cooperation with international institutions, festivals, and promoters.

TQW has been a European Dance Development Network (EDN) member since its inception. EDN is the largest and most prominent association of dance institutions in Europe. Additionally, TQW is a member of two flexible European networks, WEB and Be My Guest, which focus on young artists who take the genre to a new level with their works. Locally, TQW is also a founding member of the PAKT network – an amalgamation of several theatre venues in Vienna to establish a joint representation of interests.

EDN – European Dance Development Network is the European network of over 40 dance institutions aiming to promote dance as an art form and jointly develop ideas and EU projects.

Members: Les Brigittines (Brussels, BE), Lavanderia a Vapore (Turin, IT), La Briqueterie (FR), Bora Bora (Aarhus, DK), Dance Base – National Centre for Dance (Edinburgh, UK), Dampfzentrale Bern (CH), Sadler’s Wells (London, UK), Kino Šiška – Centre for Urban Culture (Ljubljana, SI), Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts (Budapest, HU), Dansateliers Rotterdam (NL), Tanec Praha (CZ), STUK Kunstencentrum (Leuven, BE), Dance City (Newcastle, UK), HIPP – Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (HR), The Isadora & Raymond Duncan Dance Research Center (GR), The Place (London, UK), Tanzquartier Vienna (AT), Tanzhaus Zurich (CH), Tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf, DE), Tanssin Talo/Dance House Helsinki (FI), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo, PT), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona, ES), Maison de la Danse (Lyon, FR),  KLAP – Maison pour la Danse (Marseille, FR), K3 – Zentrum für Choreografie | Tanzplan Hamburg (DE), Hellerau – European Centre for the Arts (Dresden, DE), DeVIR/CAPa Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve (PT), Dansmakers Amsterdam (NL), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen, DK), Dansens Hus (Stockholm, SE), Dansens Hus (Oslo, NO), Dance Ireland (Dublin, IE), Dance House (Lemesos, CY), Dance Gate (Lefkosia, CY), DanceEast – Jerwood Dancehouse (Ipswich, UK), CND – Centre National de la Danse (Paris, FR), CDCN Toulouse/Occitanie – La Place de la Danse (FR), CSC – Centro per la scena contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa, IT), Art Stations Foundation (Poznań, PL), ADC – Association pour la Danse Contemporaine (Geneva, CH), Dance Limerick (IE), TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU), DansBrabant (NL) u. a.

WEB is an international network for creation and presentation, operating since 2009. The network is an answer to the need for better joint efforts and partnerships within the performing arts, particularly in terms of exchange, research, production, and presentation. WEB brings together workspaces, art centres, and festivals to reinforce each other across national borders. The aim is to give integral support to two artists per year. The focus is on upcoming artists on the verge of an international breakthrough. WEB provides the artist full support from A to Z. The partners guarantee space for research and creation through a series of residencies. They offer financial, logistical, and technical support. They give administrative backup and artistic feedback during the creation process. Each collaboration culminates in a series of presentations, inside and outside the network.

WEB is an initiative by Beursschouwburg (Brussels, BE), Fierce Festival (Birmingham, UK), Frascati (Amsterdam, NL), Gessnerallee (Zurich, CH), Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (SE), Le Vivat (Armentières, FR), Tanzquartier Wien (AT), Uzès Danse (FR), WP Zimmer (Antwerp, BE)

Be My Guest — International network for emerging practices is a European network of renowned event venues, festivals, and theatres committed to promoting groundbreaking aesthetic positions in dance, performance, and theatre. Its central concern is supporting young artists – e.g., by co-productions, residencies, guest performances, and dramaturgy advice. The network has been active since 2018 (with financial support from Pro Helvetia, among others). It has so far provided guidance to the following artists: Ulduz Ahmadzadeh (AT/IR), Olivia Csiky Trnka (CH/CZ), Madeleine Fournier (FR), Sonja Jokiniemi (FI), Myriam Lefkowitz (FR), Anne Lise Le Gac (FR), Catarina Miranda (PT). Additional points of interest are an intensive reflection on current socio-political developments and their implications for European artists and exploring these developments in performative works.

Members of Be My Guest are: Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk, BE), La Bellone (Brussels, BE), Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris, FR), Théâtre Saint-Gervais (Geneva, CH), Festival Belluard Bollwerk International (Freiburg, CH), Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE), Plateforme Parallèle (Marseille, FR), ICI-CCN (Montpellier, FR), Artsadmin (London, UK), Short Theatre (Rome, IT), Materiais Diversos (Lisbon, PT), Tanzquartier Wien (AT).

PAKT WIEN – Platform of Performing Arts Centres is an association of publicly funded non-profit event venues in contemporary performing arts. It aims to facilitate cooperation, informal exchange, and networking and represent community interests vis-à-vis third parties.

Member institutions (in alphabetical order): Brunnenpassage, brut Wien, DAS OFF THEATER, Dschungel Wien, Kabinetttheater, Kosmos Theater, Odeon Theater, Rabenhof Theater, Schauspielhaus Wien, Schubert Theater, TAG – Theater an der Gumpendorfer Straße, Tanzquartier Wien, Theater Drachengasse, Theater Nestroyhof / HAMAKOM, Theater SPIELRAUM, Theater am Werk, WUK performing arts / WUK Kinderkultur




TQW rents out the newly renovated and very bright Studios for rehearsal work.

The relevant rental information is available for download as a PDF file here. Rental is always subject to availability, so we kindly ask you to contact us as early as possible. A rented Studio can only be used during the opening hours of TQW’s box office. All Studios have a sprung wooden floor.

The stage setups of TQW’s Studios and Halle G are available for download here.