Tanzquartier Wien – Centre for Contemporary Choreography and Performance




Tanzquartier Wien – Centre for Contemporary Choreography and Performance

Since its inception in 2001, Tanzquartier Wien has 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 ongoing collaboration with local artists active in the fields of 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 the fields of 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 which also serves as an archive.

Tanzquartier Wien is a place for artists to work and exchange ideas, at the same time 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 Director & Programme

Ulrike Heider-Lintschinger –

Commercial Director

Office Management

Barbara Hochreiter


Christa Spatt


Anna Leon

Body & Performance Practices

Linda Samaraweerová

Library & TQW Magazin

Christina Gillinger

Mediathek & Video Archive

Christina Gillinger


Sophie Pachner –

Head of Production (currently on educational leave)

Bernhard Seyringer

Sebastian Lorenz


Helma Bittermann – Head of Marketing

Lewon Heublein – Marketing

Franz Jud – Press

Theresa Rauter – Audiencing


Theresa Rauter


Ela Piplits —

Head of Ticketing

Florian Hohl

Noam Krieghofer

Marie Schneider

Technical Department

Monika Gruber — Head of Technical Department

Lisa Schwarzenbacher

IT Support

Timo Keber

Financial & Personnel Administration

Heike Kappes —

Head of Financial & Personnel Administration

Fariba Karimi

Evening Managers

Maximilian Hohlweg

Marijeta Karlović

Carina Netzer

Visitor Services

Eva-Maria Scholz —


Luisa Berghammer

Quirin Babl

Martin Brandner

Lisa Frantz

Jakob Führer

Sarah Holzinger

Nazira Karimova

Joanne Klopp

Maria Rauch

Xandi Vogler

Ioana-Isabela Voicu

Hanna Wimmer

Sophie Zagoul


Gorica Stankovic

Gordana Vasiljkovic


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.


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 with the aim of establishing a joint representation of interests.

EDN – European Dancehouse Network is the institutional European 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 partnership within the performing arts, particularly in terms of exchange, research, production and presentation. WEB brings together workspaces, arts centres and festivals in order 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 back-up and artistic feedback during the creation process. Each collaboration culminates in a series of presentations, inside and outside of 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 that is committed to promoting groundbreaking aesthetic positions in the fields of dance, performance and theatre. Its central concern is to support young artists – e.g. by way of co-productions, residencies, guest performances and dramaturgy advice. The network has been active since 2018 (with financial support from Pro Helvetia, among others) and 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 as well as 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 the field of contemporary performing arts. It aims to facilitate cooperation, informal exchange and networking as well as representing 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 of Hall G are available for download here.