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Sebastian Prantl

Artistic Director - International ChoreoLab Austria

Sebastian Prantl

+43 (0) 1 5226044

Tanzatelier Wien
Neustiftgasse 38
1070 Wien

Sebastian Prantl was born in Vienna and received his performing arts education in New York from 1978 to 1984 where he studied at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Martha Graham School, the Juilliard School of the Performing Arts, etc. During this period he created his first solo choreographies also at the Whitney Independent Studio Program (supervised by Yvonne Rainer).

In 1988 Sebastian Prantl founded together with the pianist Cecilia Li the Tanz Atelier Wien. Projects, productions, symposia, concerts and art gatherings were produced regularly - thus new audiences for dance related agendas were accumulated. His orientation towards art related themes and live music has given him a distinct label in the growing Austrian Dance milieu. His choreographic work has taken him all over the world i.e. India, China, Taiwan, Canada, USA, Europe etc.

He became a key figure for independent dance enterprises in Austria- involving himself in cultural politics striving for general support and a centre for contemporary dance and choreography (Tanzquartier Wien).

Several Federal Arts Awards followed: first Austrian Dance Production award, several distinctions by the Austrian Federal Theatre Jury, European Cultural Award, etc.

Thus his teaching methodologies were introduced in various dance institutions and academies, i.e.: Amsterdam Dance Theatre School, Dance Hogskolan Stockholm, Bratislava Conservatory, Vienna State Opera Ballet School, Brandon University Winnipeg Canada, Taipei Opera, …

His solo/duo formats together with Cecilia Li are presented internationally: most recently in Beijing (IETM Convention/Festival) and Shanghai and at the Landesmuseum Mainz, Germany (2008). Sebastian Prantl’s ensemble work has been shown at international venues like the Krakow Opera House, Minzo-Gong Theatre Beijing, etc …

In 2009 he is the artistic director of the International ChoreoLab Austria in cooperation with the Danube University Krems