In order to research dance in the best possible way, both historically and contemporarily, and to pay particular attention to the Austrian dance tradition, the Dance Archive at the MUK was founded in autumn 2015/16 under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andrea Amort in cooperation with the International Society Rosalia Chladek (IGRC). The Vienna Theatre Museum was won as a project partner.
Historical dance research with a focus on dance modernism is highly relevant to the research focus on contemporary dance, as it contributes insights into the preconditions and the history of the development of contemporary dance.
The Dance Archive sees itself as an interdisciplinary format that can be used by both students and dance professionals and is open for consultation.
Indexing and researching materials of Viennese dance modernism, currently with a focus on Rosalia Chladek and her extensive textual estate.
in cooperation with the association Lebendiges Tanz-Archiv Wien
The dance style created by Grete Wiesenthal in Vienna was equipped with a specific system of turning and swinging. It was trend-setting in the early modern age. The New York Times was already interested in this project of Lebendiges Tanz-Archiv Wien in 2020. In the year of 2021, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) made a report about it. In 2023 this dance project will premiere at brut nordwest in Vienna.
(Wien Museum Magazin: 21.06.2020)
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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).