Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'
Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.
June 2nd, 2016watch now
OK, this is absolutely, and with no exceptions, the last festival that we are going to write about this year. Is that clear? Good, then let's move on because Impulstanz 2008 is on the horizon and those crazy kids in Austria are looking for some publicity!
The annual fun fair of dance is held in Vienna and combines a massive workshop programme with not one but two dance festivals. There's the big festival for the big kids with acts like Rosas, The Forsythe Company, Akram Khan and Company, Robyn Orlin and much more.
Then you have the festival for the little kids (those new to choreography) called 8:Tension. Here you can see Matjita Ferlin, Pere Faua, Olivier Dubios, Ayse Orhon and others. Never heard of them have you? Well that's the point, they are presenting work on the big stage for the first time and they may or may not be worth checking out.
Complementing this heaving mass of dance is the workshop programme with over 200 separate classes to take part in. Covering everything from contact improvisation to jazz and classical ballet. If you want it, you can probably find it. The teaching staff are far to numerous to even think about mentioning
If that's not enough you also have the chance to take part in so-called 'Coaching Projects', week long intensives with one teacher where you spend the whole day learning how to be a tree or something! Or you might learn something practical, you never know!
Impulstanz is unique in so far as they gather hundreds of dancers in both a workshop and performance context for an entire month in one place. If you want to know what's going on in Bulgarian contact improvisation then Vianna is the place to be in the summer. Workshops cost about €115 if you're a professional dancer. The more you do the cheaper it gets. As ever, we recommend a week of workshops before you move on, otherwise it can start to grate a little.
Impulstanz 2008 runs from July 10th until August 10th in Vienna, Austria. More info on their website.