Be SpectACTive! is a large-scale European cooperation project – co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union – which operates in performing arts through artistic productions and participatory practices aimed at involving the citizens and spectators in creative and organizative processes. Its members are European festivals, theatres, cultural organisations, universities and a research center.
FREISCHWIMMEN is an international exchange and production platform for young groups and artists* from theatre and performance. It is supported by brut Wien, FFT Düsseldorf, Gessnerallee Zürich, HochX München, LOFFT – DAS THEATER Leipzig, Schwankhalle Bremen, Sophiensæle Berlin, and Theater Rampe Stuttgart.
Imagining Futures invites some of Europe’s most innovative independent performance festivals to rip up the rule book, spark new connections, support artistic development, explore new models and encourage porous, international dialogue.
Presenting international guest performances, dance premieres by young artists from Vienna and across Austria, studio visits, workshops and talks, the imagetanz festival marks a beloved March highlight of brut’s programme. Even though planning is not the easiest thing to accomplish at the moment – for reasons known all too well –, we hereby declare that imagetanz 2021 will take place! While it will be somewhat different in shape and duration, its way of being experimental, young, new, international and exciting will be unaffected. We called this instalment the Emotional Support Festival because we know how hard these times are – for many of us, all over the world. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we keep going: We will be improvising, we will be digital and we will use hybrid formats to actually get involved with this present in order to shape it instead of just leaving it to itself.
Four imagetanz premieres will also be rescheduled in October and November - other festival projects, which should have originally taken place in March 2020, will follow in winter and spring 2021.
The year 1989 marked major political changes, the legendary David Hasselhoff concert in Berlin and the invention of the world wide web. But did you know it was also the year imagetanz was established? For its 30th anniversary, the festival presents a colourful three-week programme presenting new takes on choreography and performance. World premieres featuring local artists, international guest performances, studio visits, talks and parties will make up an exciting festival programme. This year’s festival centre with the main venues will be located at Atelier Augarten in Vienna’s 2nd district. Additional venues include Dschungel Wien and studio brut.
During the imagetanz festival, students in their 4th year of the bachelor course dance at MUK university will leave their familiar terrain and will become observers and critics of the imagetanz productions. Selected texts will be published here during the festival.
By a diverse three-week programme this March, the imagetanz festival will present a variety of current takes on choreography and performance. Five premieres by local artists and two international guest performances will be completed by a multi-faceted outreach programme including twelve occasions on which festival artists invite the audience to join them for studio visits, workshops, talks and parties.
This year’s edition of FEEDBACK is again also collating the various positions from the previous season of the Austrian dance and performance scene into a festival. In cooperation between the Tanzquartier Wien and brut Wien this provides the chance to admire outstanding works from the local performance scene afresh and also to make them accessible to an international expert audience in concentrated form.
In March, imagetanz Festival is back at brut, with a diverse, three weeks long program presenting new artistic works in choreography and performance! Many exciting premieres and cooperations with local artists, outstanding international guest performances and an outreach program with studio visists, discussions, warm-ups and regulars' table is awaiting the audience! The artists invited this year propose alternative ties with the past and alternative strategies of staging it.
The Freischwimmer Fesitival is an international platform for new-comers, presenting contemporary artistic approaches by young artists from the independent theatre, dance and performance scene every other year. The festival is mutually organised and curated by brut Wien, Sophiensæle Berlin, Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main and Gessnerallee Zurich.
It’s March again, and it’s time for imagetanz! The 2016 edition of the festival focuses on a fundamental question: how can artists initiate a change in their own communities, neighbourhoods, cities? Do they have this power only through their artworks, or can the artists themselves induct a positive change just through their presence? >>>More
Burg Hülshoff's Center for Literature (CfL) literary think tank "Politics & Sentiment" will take place online from April 23rd to 25th this year. Together with brut, the CfL will investigate why feelings seem to increasingly determine politics again.
“We need to fundamentally re-imagine the co-existence of humans and ghosts.”
(Amelia, former ghost hunter, Hantological Congress, Vienna 2019)
Shooting for irreality.tv’s ghost show Exit Ghost continues picking up where the Hantological Congress that took place in October 2019 left off. To facilitate new encounters between humans and ghosts as part of the next season, irreality.tv will install new production offices in Vienna in April and May, since ghosts are about to take over the city. Workshops, excursions and other events will accompany the shoots for season two. As usual with irreality.tv, anybody who is interested is invited to participate. It’s not a script that determines how the story of the ghost continues, but the desires and ideas of those involved.
In the Field is a format that is directed primarily at students and artists starting out in their profession and invites them to experience a theatre festival at first hand.
With Gin Müller, irreality.tv, Nesterval, Claire Lefèvre, Fanni Futterknecht, Simon Mayer, Die Rabtaldirndln and many more!
All over Vienna has been the motto of the last months. Thanks for joining brut on a tour through 15 districts and 30 venues. The next season is coming up and here is a sneak preview on what is going to happen in and with brut this autumn. Our nomadic journey will continue a little longer – the renovation of Künstlerhaus is still lasting – and besides venues all over Vienna we will open the studio brut at Zieglergasse 25 as a permanent venue this autumn.
The imagetanz festival has existed in Vienna for more than 25 years now. It represented an important first step for many artists who are well-known in the Austrian dance scene today – it was here that some performers presented their very first pieces to the public. With The Inheritance, the upcoming imagetanz festival takes a look back at more than 25 years of dance history, creating a link to today’s young generation of artists.
Featuring Barbara Ungepflegt, Simon Mayer, Nesterval, notfoundyet/Laia Fabre & Thomas Kasebacher, Michikazu Matsune, Monsterfrau & Crystal Distortion, Gin Müller, Jan Machacek, Tiosha Bojorquez & Edwarda Gurrola, Alix Eynaudi u. v. m.
All Machines Welcome! presents new works by Doris Uhlich and takes place at both WUK and brut. Part of the co-operation are the premiere of Ravemachine at brut as well as the workshop Every Body Electric and the performance Ravemachine all over + Every Body Electric + Rave at WUK.
The Capitalism Tribunal is about the alleged crimes of European capitalism. From 1 to 12 May 2016, brut Wien will be transformed into a court of law, where charges will be presented on European capitalism - about its impact on people, society and the planet.
„Can’t catch me, I’m syntax free, I’m preconceived, preternaturally […]“ Sonic Youth – The Ineffable Me
Three utterly different musicians visit brut for the concert series The Ineffable Me: Bianca Casady, one half of the artsy folk music duo CocoRosie, includes video art and choreography in her new solo project; electropop musician Gazelle Twin confronts the terrors of puberty in a hoodie; and Finnish artist Mirel Wagner plays gloomy blues music with a sub-pop touch. All three of them refuse to submit to the still male-dominated dictate of the pop industry, like to play with attributed identities and amaze by their ineffable, intractable musical creations.
19 November: Bianca Casady and the C.i.A.
20 November: Gazelle Twin
21 November: Mirel Wagner
BRUTTO is a concert series juxtaposing various artistic formats, styles, approaches and methods. A team of curators (Rania Moslam, Lisa Kortschak and Gregor Mahnert) presents small, fine shows of experimental music. But they don’t arbitrarily say ‘anything goes’, they ambitiously combine opposites and seeming opposites.
One guest, two tables, 110 questions. A genially merciless interviewer provides insights into a country’s mentality. Guests at brut is a new regular series created by Graz-based company Theater im Bahnhof. In each episode, three different local personalities are thoroughly probed in 30-minute interviews. Pia Hierzegger asks them randomly drawn questions ranging from the current political situation to personal issues, thus unfolding a vivid selection of greatly varying insights, views and perspectives.
brut is pleased that the Wiener Festwochen with their contemporary and international programme will be guests in our new venue brut nordwest in 2021.
brut und Kunsthalle Wien kooperieren inhaltlich im Rahmen der Ausstellung The Promise of Total Automation, die vom 11. März bis 29. Mai zu sehen ist. Im Rahmen der Kooperation zeigt brut eine Performance des französischen Künstlers Philippe Decrauzat mit dem New Yorker Musiker Alan Licht sowie eine Arbeit der koreanischen Performancekünstlerin Geumhyung Jeong. Neben den beiden Performances gibt es ein Gespräch mit Philippe Decrauzat in der Kunsthalle Wien, eine Kuratorenführung durch die Ausstellung The Promise of Total Automation für brut-Publikum sowie gegenseitige Ermäßigungen.
Ziel von SZENE BUNTE WÄHNE ist es, einem jungen Publikum die Vielfalt verschiedenster Theaterformen näher zu bringen. Das Festival wurde gegründet, um ein anspruchsvolles und abwechslungsreiches Programmangebot im Bereich Kunst und Kultur für Kinder und Jugendliche zu entwickeln. Seither hat sich das Theaterfestival zu einem der bedeutendsten jährlichen Treffpunkte für Theatermacher aus der ganzen Welt entwickelt.
Ziel von SZENE BUNTE WÄHNE ist es auch in diesem Jahr, einem jungen Publikum die Vielfalt verschiedenster Theaterformen näher zu bringen. Das Festival wurde gegründet, um ein anspruchsvolles und abwechslungsreiches Programmangebot im Bereich Kunst und Kultur für Kinder und Jugendliche zu entwickeln. Seither hat sich das Theaterfestival zu einem der bedeutendsten jährlichen Treffpunkte für Theatermacher aus der ganzen Welt entwickelt.
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Wien
Tram: 5 (Nordwestbahnstraße), Bus: 5A (Wasnergasse)
Burgring 7, 1010 Wien
U-Bahn: U2, U3 (Volkstehater) Tram: 1, 2, 46,, 71, D (Volkstheater) Bus: 48A (Volkstheater)
Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, 1010 Wien
U-Bahn: U3 (Stubentor), Tram: 2 (Stubentor), Bus 74 A (Stubentor)
exact location will be revealed after the registration
Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
U-Bahn: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)