Editorial October — December 2019

Dear audience, dear artists,

we are excited and thrilled to welcome the 2019/2020 season at Tanzquartier Wien!

The next three months will see a range of productions that one simply cannot miss.

We will kick off the season with a new ensemble piece by Florentina Holzinger: known for her radical approach, her latest production, TANZ, will this time fearlessly deconstruct ballet’s relentless practice and beauty cult with a female only cast between the ages of 20 and 80. Similarly, nothing could be further from Doris Uhlich’s practice than a focus on standardised bodies. For this reason, Habitat / Halle E will be among our season highlights. 120 naked performers will occupy the stage of Halle E in what will be an unashamed and emancipated choreography – a “habitat” of unimagined life forms.

The thematic focus word in November will explore the multiple connections of dance and performance with text and language. Alongside new productions by Hannah De Meyer, Christine Gaigg, Andrea Maurer and Jen Rosenblit, there will be enough space for reflection in the form of a jointly curated and moderated roundtable by TQW curators Thomas Edlinger, Janez Janša and – our latest addition to the team – Janine Jembere.

We are also looking forward to our cooperation with Wien Modern festival in November. In this context, US-American choreographer DD Dorvillier and New York-based musician and composer Zeena Parkins will present the minimalist choreography Danza Permanente at Halle G, which will be followed by a solo concert by Parkins.

Furthermore, we look forward to Austrian premieres of productions by internationally renowned artists such as Antonia Baehr, Meg Stuart and Jefta van Dinther. And for anybody who is willing to fully immerse themselves: please have a look at our experimental TQW Explore programme. For each new TQW Explore edition Tanzquartier Wien invites a different artist to give the audience some insights into their artistic practice. In December, TQW Explore will be hosted by French choreographer and dancer Alix Eynaudi.

Oh, and by the way: our programme also features some male choreographers! Hence, we do not feel bad about adding Jefta van Dinther’s latest piece to our list and help diversity – even though it will only be about five women.

Bettina Kogler (Artistic Direction & Programme) & Christa Spatt (Programme)