Rosalia Chladek (Brno 1905 – Vienna 1995) was one of the most important representatives of European Contemporary Dance in the 20th century. To this day Contemporary Dance Education is taught based on her methods at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien (Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna) as well as at other international institutions.
At special occasions Chladek's examplary choreographies are performed regularly. Viennese dance researcher Andrea Amort still knew Rosalia Chladek. It was her particular concern to assign the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna for a limited period with the exploration and exclusive research of the Dancer's extensive autographs, owned by the Internationale Gesellschaft Rosalia Chladek (International Society Rosalia Chladek) and to pass on the bequest to the Theatermuseum Wien.
This important bequest contains – among other assets – the substantial correspondence of the artist with prominent colleagues, as well as material referring to her works, and also includes a valuable collection of critics and programme booklets.
The Theatermuseum already holds the collection of photographs and costumes of Rosalia Chladek. Under the project lead of Andrea Amort, this inventory will be physically reappraised and documented in written form. Further planned research projects (in the form of a publication a.o.) include a new critical evaluation of the internationally organized interdisciplinary training institute Hellerau-Laxenburg (1925-1939) at Schloss Laxenburg near Vienna, where Rosalia Chladek was significantly involved both as artist and as pedagogue.