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Dance Archive


Bräunerstraße 5
1010 Wien
4. Stock | Raum 4.28

by appointment

The Dance-Archive understands itself as an interdisciplinary and project-oriented format that is used by students as well as (inter-) national dance professionals, researchers and is ready to give historiographical advice.

Scientific director and curator:
Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Andrea Amort

Scientific collaboration and project assistance:
Katharina Illnar, BA BSc
Sonja Browne, MAS


Board of experts for historically informed performance practice of Viennese Dance Modernism:
Univ.-Prof.in Martina Haager (IGRC, dances of Rosalia Chladek)
Univ.-Prof.in  Jolantha Seyfried (MUK, Grete Wiesenthal)
Esther Koller (Hanna Berger)


Scientific Research

Archival indexing and description of material from Viennese Dance Modernism with a current focus on Rosalia Chladek and her extensive legacy. It contains materials about life documents, choreographies, various collections (programs, reviews) as well as numerous correspondence with Gerda Alexander, Gustav Güldenstein, Fritz Klingenbeck, Harald Kreutzberg, Karl Lorenz, Zouzou Nicoloudi, Suzanne Perrottet, Alexander von Swaine, Grete Wiesenthal, Mary Wigman and others.

The archive´s holdings also contain the crypto legacies of Vera Karalli and Tamara Rauser.

Artistic and scientific research

in cooperation with the Verein Lebendiges Tanz-Archiv Wien

  • Choreographic and Musical Reconstructions
  • Contemporary Reenactments
  • Workshops
  • Performance Series


Publication project Moderne Tänze

Documentation and discussion of the choreographic-dance Legacy of the Viennese Dance Modernism.

A cooperation of Tanz-Archiv Wien, MUK and IDA, Bruckner-Universität Linz.

Publication project Erika Gangl

The dancer, choreographer and teacher Erika Gangl (Linz 1939 - Linz 2000) founded a “dance studio” in Linz in 1961, which through her collaboration with the composer Alfred Peschek has for many years become a synonym for New Dance and New Music, standing for „avant-garde“ and radiating all over the land. In 1968 for example, she danced "music for piano" by John Cage with Peschek at the piano, causing a sensation in the media. It is aim of the project to document and honour Gangl's work. Born in Linz, she studied at the Bruckner Conservatory and with Rosalia Chladek at what is now the University of Music and Performing Arts.

Team: Andrea Amort, Tanja Brandmayr (Stadtwerkstatt Linz), Gerlinde Roidinger (tanzland.at)

Revitalization of Grete Wiesenthal's style of dance

On December 24, 2020,The New York Times published an extensive article on Grete Wiesenthal and the Dance-Archive´s project to re-illuminate the dance style that was created in Vienna with a specific turning and swinging system, which was trend-setting in early Modernism. The ORF followed up on February 16, 2021 with a detailed report. The project is in progress since autumn 2021.

Artistic director: Jolantha Seyfried
Scientific director: Andrea Amort


(NYT: Dec. 12th, 2020)


(ORF: Feb. 2nd, 2021)


(Wien Museum Magazin: 21.06.2020)

In cooperation with Verein Lebendiges Tanz-Archiv Wien.

Archival indexing and research on the textual estate of Rosalia Chladek

The research project is concerned with the preparation of the extensive legacy of the significant dancer, choreographer and teacher Rosalia Chladek (Brno 1905 - Vienna 1995), who belonged to the innovative Dance Modernism of the first half of the 20th century. It is about both the written cataloging of the holdings for further research activities as well as the investigation of previously underestimated fields of activity of Chladek, which lead to further questioning, including: The relevance of the interdisciplinary training institution Hellerau-Laxenburg near Vienna from 1925 to 1939 in an international context.

Johanna Laakkonen (University of Helsinki) created a visualization of the transnational networks of the members of the “Bund Hellerau-Laxenburg”. The documents concerning the „Bund“ are part of the estate of Rosalia Chladek.




Guest performances

Film showings at Spark Art Fair

From June 25 to 27, 2021, selected films from the reenactment program “Rosalia Chladek Reenacted” and the festival “Touchings. Dance before 1938 - Dance of Today" were screened at the new Viennese Spark Art Fair in the Marxer Halle under the title "Kosmos Wiener Tanzmoderne".


Guest performances at the Festival ImPulsTanz 2021

The program "Rosalia Chladek Reenacted", which was originally produced in 2019 for the Theatermuseum Wien, is based on historical materials by Chladek but also by Hanna Berger and Gertrud Bodenwieser including a performative dedication to Gertrud Kraus.

It was performed slightly revised, under the title "Kosmos Wiener Tanzmoderne" at Vienna's MuTh, supporting the festivals actual focus on reconstructions.

The premiere was on July 25th.



using previously unpublished material from the Dance Archive

In the volume Die Musikschule der Stadt Wien im Nationalsozialismus, Andrea Amort deals in detail with Rosalia Chladek's defining influence on the artistic and pedagogical education in and the forming of Viennese Dance Modernism. Particular attention is paid to the political and artistic turnaround in the 1930s and Chladek's leadership work at the Vienna Conservatory from 1942 to 1952.

Andrea Amort, „Rosalia Chladeks prägender Einfluss in der künstlerisch-pädagogischen (Aus-)Bildung der Wiener Tanzmoderne. Unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der politischen und künstlerischen Wende in den 1930er Jahren sowie ihrer Leitungstätigkeit am Konservatorium von 1942 – 1952, in: „Die Musikschule der Stadt Wien im Nationalsozialismus. Eine `ideologische Lehr- und Lerngemeinschaft´, hrsg. von Susana Zapke, Oliver Rathkolb u.a., Hollitzer Verlag, Wien 2020, S. 117 – 147.

The Polish journalist Weronika Kostyrko carried out part of her international research on the dancer Pola Nirenska at the Dance-Archive of the MUK.
Nirenska met Rosalia Chladek in the 1930s and stayed in contact with her after her escape to the USA.

Weronika Kostyrko: Tancerka i zagłada. Historia Poli Nireńskiej, Warszawa: Czerwone i Czarne, 2019.
ISBN 978-83-66219-09-0.
English translation: Dancer and Annihilation: The Story of Pola Nireńska, Warsaw, 2019.

Andrea Amort edited the extensive and elaborately designed publication Alles tanzt. Kosmos Wiener Tanzmoderne with renowned guests as a result of her research for the exhibition with the same name at the Theatermuseum Vienna (2019/20). With English-language abstracts and a lexicon of persons.
ISBN 978-3-7757-4567-3, KHM Museumsverband, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin, 2019

The book is treated as a standard work in the professional world (Volkmar Draeger, tanznetz.de, April 29, 2019). The Süddeutsche Zeitung describes the publication as an first-rate catalog that creates a contemporary historical panorama and makes its subject accessible from all sides (Dorion Weickmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung , 11.09.2019).

The Finnish dance historian Johanna Laakkonen from the University of Helsinki researches, among other topics, the careers of Finnish artists of early European Dance Modernism and their international networking. Her research repeatedly led her to the Dance-Archive at the MUK.

Johanna LAAKKONEN: Anssia yli rajojen. Modernin tanssin transnationaaliset verkostot. Tampere, Finnland, 2018. Englische Übersetzung: Dancing across borders. Transnational networks of early modern dance. Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seuran nimeämien asiantuntijoiden tarkastama. Tampere, Finnland, 2018.
ISBN 978-952-222-930-4


Everybody dances. The Cosmos of Viennese Dance Modernism

March 21, 2019—February 10, 2020

Exhibition in the Theatermuseum Wien, Palais Lobkowitz, Lobkowitzplatz 2, 1010 Vienna

During the first third of the 20th century Vienna ranked amongst the most important international centres of Modern Dance. The exhibition, which was organised by Andrea Amort in cooperation ith the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien (MUK), attempted to inscribe significant female dancers into Vienna’s great historical narrative. It focused on dancers, choreographers and teachers such as Isadora Duncan, Grete Wiesenthal, Gertrud Bodenwieser and Rosalia Chladek as well as Valeria Kratina, Gertrud Kraus, Hilde Holger and others who were the pioneers for the European Modernism. The show illustrated the variety and concentration of a female-dominated dance scene which was destroyed by Nazi dictatorship and further developed in exile.

Link to the event: Alles tanzt. Kosmos Wiener Tanzmoderne

Rosalia Chladek Reenacted

In cooperation with Verein Lebendiges Tanz-Archiv Wien:
March 29, 30 and 31, 2019
Eroica Hall, Theatermuseum
Dancers from the independent scene and students of the Music and Art University of the City of Vienna presented historical solos by Rosalia Chladek in a new guise.

Link to the event: Rosalia Chladek Reenacted

Rosalia Chladek Reenacted – Part II

In cooperation with Verein Lebendiges Tanz-Archiv Wien:
October 11, 12 and 13, 2019
Eroica Hall, Theatermuseum.
Artists from the independent scene danced dedications to pioneering personalities of Viennese Modern Dance: Rosalia Chladek, Hanna Berger and Gertrud Kraus.

Link to the event: Rosalia Chladek Reenacted – Part II

bits and pieces 

April 2019 to February 2020.
A total of 33 performances of short dance pieces live as part of the exhibition.
With artists and in cooperation with dance students from the Music and Art University of the City of Vienna (MUK).

Other activities

Guest researchers / dance scientific support and counselling (selection)

Patrizia Veroli (Rom): Émile Jaques-Dalcroze und Rosalia Chladek in Italien.

Christine Caradec (Paris): Project on Notations of Rosalia Chladeks „Slawischer Tanz“ (1923/1988) und „Tanz mit dem Stab“ (1930/2005).

Laura Gianvittorio: „Hellenizing Eurythmic Dance. Rosalia Chladek and the Greek Theatre in Syracuse in the 1930s“, will be published recently.

Cora Kartmann: "Meadow on the ground and all over me. Gertrud Bodenwieser. Eine künstlerisch-wissenschaftliche Recherche zu den Bewegungsprinzipien dieser Tanzschaffenden“, Bachelor thesis 2020, MUK Vienna.

Florentina Holzinger: "TANZ", Premiere: October 4th, 2019, Tanzquartier Wien.

Inge Gappmaier: “Tanzsystem Rosalia Chladek”, research grant from the City of Vienna (MA7), 2018.

Eva-Maria Schaller: Vestris 4.0 (Mikhail Baryshnikov´s performance Vestris  by Leonid Yacobson, 1969, was the starting point for this work), imagetanz brut Wien, 2018.
Recalling Her Dance – a choreographic encounter with Hanna Berger, Tanzquartier Wien und ImPulsTanz, 2021.

Marina Rützler: “Danse décomposée. Eine (archäologische) Anverwandlung der Artefakte von Rosalia Chladeks Tanzdrama „Jeanne d’Arc", Bachelor thesis 2017, MUK Vienna.

Amanda Pina & Daniel Zimmermann/ Nadaproductions: "War - A War Dance", Premiere: Tanzquartier Wien Studios, December 7, 2013.

Participation in symposia (selection)

Interdisciplinary online symposium Aktualisierung oder Auslöschung? Die Kunst der ÜberschreibungInter-university research association Elfriede Jelinek / Project notation and performance: “Verkörperungen. Improvisation in Schauspiel und Tanz", with Andrea Amort, Karoline Exner, Stefan Krammer, Jolantha Seyfried, moderated by Sabrina Weinzettl, December 10th, 2020
Stream: https://www.ifvjelinek.at/veranstaltungen/notation-und-auffuehrung-aktualisierung-oder-ausloeschung-2020/

Symposium Post-Utopia and Europe in the Performing Arts, University of Salzburg; 2020, lecture by Inge Gappmaier: “The utopia of a dancing society”

Ideologische Lehr- und Lerngemeinschaft. Die Musikschule der Stadt Wien im Nationalsozialismus und nach 1945, MUK Vienna, 2018

Zugänge schaffen! Symposium of the Association of German Dance Archives, German Dance Archives Cologne; 2016

Action Day Greifbare Forschung, MUK Dance Department, June 2016

Archives to come, International Symposium Tanzquartier Wien, April 2016

Rental for exhibitions and exhibition catalogs (selection)

Alles tanzt. Kosmos Wiener Tanzmoderne (Hatje Cantz, Berlin 2019)

Erfolgt. Verlobt. Verheiratet. Scheinehen ins Exil (Jewish Museum Vienna, 2018)

The composer and teacher Richard Stöhr, “I am a musician now, ernestly and free from regret” (mdw, 2017)

AVANT-GARDE macht Schule (Musik Akademie Basel, 2017)


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Saturday: 8:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. (all sites)
Sundays and holidays: closed