ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival was founded by Karl Regensburger and Ismael Ivo in 1984 and has become, over the years, the European label for contemporary dance performances, research projects and workshops. Every year in the summer, the festival assembles international renowned, high profiled and talented artists of all parts of the world to celebrate a unique dance festival over a four-week period (mi-July till mi-august): 100 performances by about 40 internationally renowned companies at Vienna's most prestigious theatre venues and more than 100 artists who teach 200 workshops, attract an audience and participants of 50.000 people.
In the frame of ImPulsTanz, a scholarship programme for young dancers and choreographers is taking place: the danceWEB Scholarship Programme, which is financed partly through the European Union. During 5 weeks of intense training in the fields of Contemporary Dance and Performance, the scholarship holders have the possibility to deepen their artistic skills and to get in contact with internationally renowned choreographers. This has often led to cooperations and to the creation of international networks, which have been enormously helpful for the future career of the emerging dancers.
Since its foundation in 1984, ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival has established itself as one of the most renowned and internationally acclaimed festivals for Contemporary Dance and Performance worldwide.
The diversity and internationality of the participating artists, with pioneers in the field of Contemporary Dance, create a platform within the festival where exchange and collaboration become a highly valued and pursued aim. From all over the world, dancers and choreographers gather at ImPulsTanz during the summer, creating an artistically fertile environment for everybody participating. All the more, we aim at enriching this atmosphere by inviting more African dancers and choreographers. Over and over, this intent came across both financial and bureaucratic barriers, we therefore strongly hope to improve this situation with the help of the Puma Creative Africa Network.