All workshops are 2½h, will be primarily taught by ear and in English on demand.

Pitch = 440Hz

Dance workshops

all levels welcome, max. 20 participants

Historical Dancing

un'altra volta:Monika Ritthaler (DE) with Anna Breger (AT) and Johannes G. Schwarz (AT)

  • Music in Movement - how music and dance inspire each other

    In this workshop we will observe how music moves us, how our movements affect the musicians and shape the music. How does contact between musicians and dancers evolve? How do we interact? How does the music support the dancing in couples and groups?

  • Menuett as foundation for improvisation

    The menuet was the most popular social dance in Europe for more than a hundred years. Why that? The basic steps give a structure to create a dance spontaneously as a couple. Moreover it provides a high number on rhythmical variations. In this workshop we will play with different patterns to get the ability to dance menuet freely as a couple. Everyone is welcome, no dance partner needed!


    Swedish Dancing

    Anton Hacker (AT) and Wanda Leben (AT) with Thor Pleijel (SE)

    • Music, rhythm and dance in Slängpolska and Swedish Valse

      In this workshop we will work on rhythm and timing in Slängpolska and Swedish Valse. The focus shall be on the enjoyment of the connection between music and dance. The workshop is open for everyone who savors dancing!

    • Contact and improvised dancing in Slängpolska and Schottis

      Based on Slängpolska and Schottis we will engage in the topics of balance, connecting with the dance partner and quality of contact. Moreover we will observe the influence of the music and will play with the expression through different movements. Everyone is welcome: people with and without former dance experience.

    Beginners workshops

    limited amount of rental instruments available, max. 8 participants

    SOLD OUT        Nyckelharpa beginners workshop

    • Get to know the instrument - basics and first melodies, Björn Kaidel (DE)

      A workshop for trying out and getting to know the nyckelharpa. We will use simple exercises and melodies to learn the basics of the playing technique, like how to hold the instrument, how to use the bow and how to use the keyboard. This workshop is open for everyone who has only little to no pervious experience with playing the nyckelharpa. Previous musical knowledge and experiences are not needed, but can, of course, be helpful.

    SOLD OUT       Open for all musicians with chromatic instruments

    • Introduction to Swedish dance music, Björn Kaidel (DE)

      In this workshop I will give an introduction to the world of Swedish dance music and especially the polska. What is a polska and how does it differ from other dances? Together we will learn and play a few easy tunes from various regions of Sweden to answer this and similar questions. We will also talk a bit about the history of the Nyckelharpa. This workshop is open for players of all instruments and levels (beginners welcome!) that are able to play in the keys of G and D.


    Music workshops

    open to advanced musicians with chromatic instruments, that can play in the keys of C, G & D

    max. 12 participants

    Swedish Dance Music

    • Slängpolska: tunes und rhythms from Södermanland, Caroline Eriksson (SE)

      In this workshop we will learn some Slängpolska tunes and how to play them. The focus is on the dance aswell as variations, style and the traditional rhythmic approaches from the province of Södermanland.

    • Polska, Schottis and Waltzes, Caroline Eriksson (SE)

      Carolines repertoire and tradition consist mostly of tunes from Dalarna, Uppland and, above all, Södermanland. We will learn polska, waltzes and schottis and talk about what is typical about this kind of tunes and rhythm.

    • Traditional dance music from Uppland, Thor Pleijel (SE)

      In this workshop we will go through a handful of traditional melodies from Uppland, which are presented in an historical context. We know them from past-away players of modern nyckelharpa, older nyckelharpamodels and fiddle. Many of the tunes are deeply rooted in the nyckelharpa's history as a drone instrument.

    Historical Dance Music

    • Historical dance tunes, Anna Breger (AT)

      Melodies of dance music often consist of a simple structure that is very suitable to toy with: to make them alive through variations in articulation, dynamics and the material of notes. In this workshop we will learn melodies from old sources by ear. Those will give us a basis for experimenting with the connection to the dance and historical performance practice. We will learn wonderful tunes from European dance music manuscripts from the 16th - 18th century, amongst others from Tielman Susato and the Dahlhoff-collection. Some of the melodies are still popular in nowadays session repertoires, others have been forgotten and deserve to get back in the ears of the people.

    • Traditional dance music from manuscripts of the German-speaking area, Björn Kaidel (DE)

      In this music workshop, we will learn tunes from manuscripts from the 17th to 19th century from Germany, like the Dahlhoff-collection from Northrhine-Westphalia or the Wittenberger Apothekenhandschrift. These collections contain beautiful polonaises, menuettes, waltzes, schottisches and much more! This workshop is aimed at players of all instruments that can play melodies in the keys of G and D. The focus will be on playing the melodies and I will teach by ear.



    • Bal-Folk-Labor: melodies, grooves and accompaniments, Stephan Steiner (AT)

      A child of the French folk revival of the 1960/70s, the participative dance- and music-genre Bal Folk has, over the course of the last three decades, developed into an international phenomenon, also popular here in Vienna: couple, group and chain dances, oscillating between rural traditions and creative inventions, with almost inexhaustible possibilities of individual (re-)interpretation as well as interactive/collective experiences. This workshop will adress different possibilities of arranging bal folk music: on the basis of - mostly catchy! - melodies from contemporary European bal folk scenes, we will have a look on harmonic or melodic accompaniments, ostinati and the function of nyckelharpa (and other instruments!) as a rhythmical "groove machine". The aim is to provide a tool box of concepts and ideas to make the music stronger, more colourful, diverse and exciting, which can applied both in band playing and session situations.

    The organizer reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the programme.