It was considered to be quite unsavory when couples began turning in three quarter time on the dance floors of Vienna's suburbs at the end of the 18th century. This, however, could not stop the Viennese waltz from triumphing across the world. But the fact that now, in the 21st century, Vienna remains a global dance capital is thanks to the ImPuls Tanz Festival.
International stars such as Mathilde Monnier, Wim Vandekeybus, Marie Chouinard and Akram Khan have already staged their work here, and they remain linked to what has since become Europe's largest dance festival. The festival is also commited to supporting contemporary dance. Every year the Newcomer-Schiene [8:tension] Young Choreographers’ Series presents a selection of trendsetting productions. The highlight is the bestowal of the European young talent award, the Prix Jardin d'Europe.
Throughout the course of a month, the hip Viennese festival hosts around 50 productions at venues including the Burgtheater, the Volkstheater, the MuseumsQuartier, the Odeon and the Schauspielhaus. Around 150 teachers hold about 200 dance workshops with over 6000 course bookings and 3000 students.