Gertrud Kraus in "Wodka", Wien around 1924. Theatermuseum © KHM-Museumsverband

Everybody dances.

The Cosmos of Viennese Dance Modernism

March 21, 2019 - February 10, 2020

Until the 1930s Vienna was one of the hot spots of modern dance. The exhibition attempts to inscribe trendsetting female dancers and choreographers ‒ like Grete Wiesenthal, Gertrud Bodenwieser and Rosalia Chladek ‒ into Vienna’s great historical narrative.

It illustrates the variety and concentration of an inspiring dance scene and explores its historical development: Nazi dictatorship, persecution and exile of these artists. Threads are spun between a productive and socio-critical spirit of that time and today through movement techniques and diverse themes.

The presentation, curated by Andrea Amort and designed by Thomas Hamann, therefore won’t end in the past, but on the contrary with several statements of Vienna based influential choreographers, like Doris Uhlich.

A varied performative programme complements the exhibition.

In addition, a catalogue with the title „Alles tanzt. Kosmos Wiener Tanzmoderne“ (ed. Andrea Amort) will accompany the show. From the point of view of dance researchers, artists and experts from adjacent artistic fields the publication aims at broadening Austria's cultural memory by this mainly female-dominated Viennese Dance Modernism until 1938 and its influence to date.

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