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

Noam Krieghofer

Technical Department

Monika Gruber — Head of Technical Department

Lisa Schwarzenbacher

Financial & Personnel Administration

Michaela Radler-Röck —

Head of Financial & Personnel Administration

Fariba Karimi

Isabella Kossina

Evening Managers

Quirin Babl

Carina Netzer

Visitor Services

Hanga Balla

Hannah Gemmingen

Sarah Holzinger

Hanna Holzner

Roman Iellici

Josefine Maichle

Simeon Ohlsen

Inga Redecker

Lena Taisser


Gorica Stankovic


TQW Studios
Box office & evening box office
Body & Performance Practices
Mon–Fri 9.00–19.30
Sat 10.00–19.30
except holidays
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 Krõõt Juurak and Oleg Soulimenko – 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.

2023 Participants:

Lens Kühleitner     

Lens Kühleitner is a musician and performer working with sound, video and movement. Works are created in spontaneity, with growing choirs and networks of friends. Recent work includes concerts as Lan Rex (brut Wien, ImpulsTanz, Popfest Wien, Hyperreality Festival) as well as performances and collaborations with Veza Fernández, Claire Lefèvre, Luís Murillo, Mzamo Nondlwana, Laura Nitsch, Negin Rezaie & Caitlin McDonough, among others. Lens is part of the coordination team of the Pink Noise association.

Nadine Mathis     

Nadine Mathis is based in Vienna and works as a dancer, artist, and facilitator. She has been involved in Vienna’s underground dance community (ballroom, battles, parties, sessions, workshops, talks…) since 2011. Nadine did her academic research on the entanglements between dance and language and power structures and agency within spaces of aesthetic learning, a. o. In 2022, Nadine received a danceWEB scholarship at ImPulsTanz.

Julia Müllner     

Julia Müllner lives and works in Vienna. She initiates projects, is a member of the group maria mercedes and enjoys being part of others’ projects. She completed her Dance and Choreography studies at the Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen. She received a scholarship for Music and Performing Arts from the Austrian Ministry of Culture (2021) and a danceWEB scholarship at ImPulsTanz (2021).

Oneka von Schrader     

Oneka von Schrader studied choreography at the SNDO Amsterdam and is currently a participant at DAS Theatre. She works as a choreographer, performer and singer in her works and collaborations, mainly in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria. Recently, she has worked as a dancer and singer for Tino Sehgal, Jija Sohn’s Lands of Concert and Asa Horvitz’s Dream. Her own work was shown at Bâtard Festival (Brussels), Les Urbaines (Lausanne) and 8:tension, ImPulsTanz (Vienna). 

Yuwol June C.     

Yuwol June C. is a time-based artist. Their works aim to make one aware of the neglected spots dwelling among us. Their artistic language focuses on the liminal space between words, images, objects, and bodies.


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.