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

Barbara Hochreiter


Christa Spatt


Anna Leon

Body & Performance Practices

Linda Samaraweerová

Library & TQW Magazin

Christina Gillinger


Sebastian Lorenz

Bernhard Seyringer


Helma Bittermann – Head of Marketing

Jonathan Hörnig – Marketing & Mediathek

Franz Jud – Press

Theresa Rauter – Audiencing


Nina Gadermaier


Ela Piplits —

Head of Ticketing

Florian Hohl

Noam Krieghofer

Katrin Mayer

Marie Schneider

Technical Department

Monika Gruber — Head of Technical Department

Lisa Schwarzenbacher

Financial & Personnel Administration

Heike Kappes —

Head of Financial & Personnel Administration

Fariba Karimi

Isabella Kossina

Evening Managers

Quirin Babl

Maximilian Hohlweg

Carina Netzer

Visitor Services

Sarah Holzinger

Hanna Holzner

Roman Iellici

Lina Katt

Joanne Klopp

Camilo Latorre

Simeon Ohlsen

Maria Rauch

Inga Redecker

Lena Taisser

Hanna Wimmer


Gorica Stankovic —



TQW Studios
Box office & evening box office
Body & Performance Practices
Mon–Fri 9.00–19.30
Sat 10.00–19.30
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 renowned choreographers – this year’s are Ian Kaler and Alix Eynaudi – 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.

Participants 2022:

Alex Bailey     

Alex Bailey studied at Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, with an MFA in Fine Arts and has been living in Vienna since 2015. He has been invited to show his work, created with Krõõt Juurak, at brut Vienna, Dansehallerne, Copenhagen, and MDT, Stockholm. At TQW, the artist duo presented the performance and research project CODOMESTICATION.

Camilla Schielin     

Camilla Schielin is a dancer and performer based in Vienna. She studied contemporary dance and performance both in Austria and Germany and has since worked with, among others, Nick Mauss on a project for the Museum Ludwig in Cologne as well as with Doris Uhlich in Vienna. In 2021, she showed her solo take me to my house as part of the Rakete festival at TQW.

Júlia Rúbies Subirós     

Júlia Rúbies Subirós is a dancer from Barcelona, living in Barcelona and Brussels. She is interested in practising expanded choreographic approaches as spaces of transformation with particular emphasis on spaces of practice as catalysers of affective community-building. A graduate of P.A.R.T.S., Julia collaborates with Nathaniel Moore, Michiel Vandevelde, Marco d’Agostin, and Lili M. Rampre, among others, and presented her work at Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, among others.

Shahrzad Nazarpour     

Shahrzad Nazarpour grew up and studied theatre and art in Iran. Since 2020 she has been studying Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Her solo performance Hijab offline, was part of the first edition of Skin – performance festival for young adults at Dschungel Wien.

Theresa Scheinecker     

Theresa Scheinecker grew up in Upper Austria and has been living in Vienna since 2010. She studied psychology and psychotherapy and dedicated her life intensively to various forms of movement – in particular, the styles of breaking, popping, and tutting, as well as acrobatics. She spent part of 2018 in the USA to immerse herself in the freestyle community of hip-hop culture. Since 2020, she has also been exploring stage work. In 2021 she was a participant in various research formats at ImPulsTanz.

PARASOL Chat with Júlia Rúbies SubirósAlex BaileyShahrzad NazarpourRay (Theresa Scheinecker), Camilla Schielin

Legs, fold, Belly, fold, Mane, fold, Head – PARASOL Logbook II



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

In addition to the major leading European association of dance theatres under the European Dancehouse Network (EDN) label, of which TQW has been a member from the start, the two flexible networks WEB and Be My Guest focus on young artists who take the genre as a whole 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 Dancehouse Network is the European institutional network of currently 40 dance theatres, aiming to advance dance as an art form and jointly develop ideas and EU projects. TQW benefits from its EDN membership at several levels: EDN members organise an activity once a month – usually 2- to 3-day impulse events (studios, conferences), at which various current issues relating to contemporary dance and producing are discussed and examined, with input from experts. These events are specially designed for team members from dance theatres to promote know-how and networking among the individual institutions.

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 Duncen Dance Research Center (GR), The Place (London, UK), Tanzquartier Wien (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)

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 the 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 the 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, Kosmos Theater, Rabenhof Theater, Schauspielhaus Wien, TAG – Theater an der Gumpendorfer Straße, Tanzquartier Wien, Theater Drachengasse, Theater Nestroyhof / HAMAKOM, Theater SPIELRAUM, WERK X, WERK X-Petersplatz, WUK performing arts and 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.