The TQW theory programme increases the visibility of dance-theoretical work conducted in Vienna and its surroundings, including outside of Austria; provides access, for Vienna-based audiences and professionals, to emerging trends in international dance and performance studies; promotes contact and exchange between theory/theorists and practice/practitioners, notably at the level of university education; facilitates the development of a local, interdisciplinary community around dance and performance theory; fosters the work of emergent and independent scholars; and considers the dance institution as a space for non-academic research, while strengthening its links with university-based scholars. The programme unfolds in diverse evolving formats including monthly public lectures, workshops, middle-term theory residencies and bi-annual ‘winter schools’.
The lab programme regularly held at the TQW Studios is dedicated to exploration and exchange between local as well as international artists and experts. Unhampered by the customary pressure to produce and present, the participants can explore general topical, specific or utterly unusual aspects of contemporary choreography and performance. Some of the subjects addressed relate to the contemporaneous performance programme at Tanzquartier Wien to enable a closer examination. However, the labs also provide those interested with a platform to inquire into urgent issues of our time, irrespective of TQW’s programme. Experts or artists curate and run the labs.