Daniel Aschwanden (†)

, © Yan Shuo

Daniel Aschwanden - DOG_men. Neue Körper, Mythen & die Stadt

Daniel Aschwanden (January 21st, 1959 - July 8th, 2021) was a Swiss performer, choreographer, director, curator who lived and worked in Vienna. With the festival “Tanzsprache” he founded the first festival of the independent scene in Vienna. In the context of the project „Bilderwerfer“ he worked with disabled and non-disabled dancers. Together with the group he received the state award of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Art for innovative and trend-setting achievements in this field. In the following years, his work shifted to questions of (performing) art in public space with participatory approaches, but also to questions about the role of art in urban development processes. Daniel Aschwanden supported the profile development of the class „Social Design – Art as Urban Innovation“ at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, designed the field of performance in the Department of Art and Communicative Practice and most recently played a key role in setting up the Applied Performance Lab (APL). For his longstanding services, the City Councilor for Culture suggested Aschwanden for a honoring of the city of Vienna. However, the award could not take place due to the corona.

On July 8th, 2021 Daniel Aschwanden left us much too early. He has had a decisive influence on the independent scene in Vienna for decades – including the brut programme. We are grateful to him for his visions, his energy and his impulses. His last project Deep Dreaming Creatures, on which he worked together with Lucie Strecker, remained unfinished and will be performed posthumously and in memory of him.


Works at brut

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brut all over Vienna

brut nordwest


Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna
Subway: U1, U2 (Praterstern), U4 (Friedensbrücke), U6 (Dresdnerstraße) Tram: 5 (Nordwestbahnstraße) Bus: 5A (Wasnergasse)

Meeting point: Gasthaus Hansy at Praterstern


Heinestraße 42 , 1020 Vienna
Subway: U1, U2 (Praterstern) / S-Bahn: S1, S2, S3, S4, S7 (Praterstern) / Tram: 5 (Praterstern)

May - June 2024
Out and about featuring QWIEN
The Nameless of Leopoldstadt

brut at Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien


Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna
Subway: U1 (Stephansplatz), U2 (Schottentor), U3 (Herrengasse) / Tram: 1, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 (Schottentor) / Bus: 1A, 2A (Herrengasse U), 3A (Renngasse)

June 2024
Aldo Giannotti in Collaboration with Karin Pauer

Rote Bar at Volkstheater


Arthur-Schnitzler-Platz 1, 1070 Vienna
Subway: U3 (Volkstheater) / Tram: 49 (Volkstheater) / Bus: 48A (Volkstheater)

brut at Sportplatz 1210


Jedlersdorfer Platz 25, 1210 Vienna
Subway U6 (Florisdorf) / S-Bahn: S1, S2, S3, S4, S7 (Floridsdorf) / Tram: 30, 31 (Brünner Straße / Hanreitergasse) / Bus: 30A, 32A (Toni Fritsch Weg)

studio brut

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Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
Subway: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)

brut nordwest – rehearsal space

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Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna

June 2024
Exactly As Imagined