About

A vibrant and brave project ... that in 2019 transformed from a post graduate year into a professional dance company that offers yearly contracts

BODHI PROJECT is a showcase for new choreographic voices on the international contemporary dance scene. The company is part of the blackmountain non-profit organization, an association to promote contemporary dance and performance in Austria and abroad. It is considered one of the most profiled contemporary companies for young professional dancers in Europe which focuses on the avantgarde. BODHI PROJECT is internationally recognized as an exceptional platform for contemporary choreography and consistently reinvents itself with a sensational artistic range. It showcases the artistic and technical excellence of the dancers‘ complex movement repertory, demanding theatrical elements and a strong stage presence.The choreographers are specifically selected due to their varied approaches to choreography.

For the season 2021 internationally acclaimed choreographers Adrienn Hód and Reut Shemesh have been commissioned to work with us. Guided by the artistic director Susan Quinn, the founder and director of SEAD - Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, BODHI PROJECT creates new exciting works in residency at SEAD and touring internationally the globe expanding and exploring new performance venues.

During the last years, the company has worked with Jeremy Nelson, Vanessa Justice, Matej Kejzar, Jurij Konjar & Rob Hayden, Diego Gil, Keren Levi, Oleg Soulimenko, Milli Bitterli, Roberto Olivan, Zoë Knights, Maya Lipsker, Magdalena Reiter, Jelka Milic, Nigel Charnock, Marco Torrice, Stella Zannou, Martin Nachbar, Anton Lachky, Robert Clark, Jozef Frucek & Linda Kapetanea, Matija Ferlin, Bostjan Antoncic, Moya Michael, Etienne Guilloteau, JUKSTA - Christine Gouzelis & Paul Blackman, Sita Ostheimer, Eldad Ben Sasson, Mark Lorimer, Emanuel Gat, Mala Kline, Iratxe Ansa & Igor Bacovich, Rosalba Torres, Jarrko Mandelin, Cecilia Bengolea, Lali Ayguadè, GN|MC - Guy Nader & Maria Campos, Jose Agudo, Lisi Estaras, Francesco Scavetta, Stephanie Thiersch, Hillel Kogan, Adrienn Hód, Reut Shemesh and Salzburg Festival's opera productions by choreographer and director Jan Lauwers.

Press comments:

With high-quality productions and a international well-known dance academy and company, the “town of Mozart” is becoming an all-the-year hub and ‘place to be’ for contemporary dance. (Zeitgenossen Magazin, February 2016)

„…Susan Quinn’s elite ‚cadre training unit’ for contemporary dance.“ (Salzburger Fenster, March 2016)

With Nono's political furor, he now gains new strength, puts a dance troupe made up of members of BODHI PROJECT Project and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance on stage, plus the Vienna State Opera Chorus, and thus creates a permanent movement that precisely reproduces Nono's (harmonic) pulsation. (Süddeutsche Zeitung, August 2021)

Today, as the Taliban takes Kabul, the trickle of refugees turns into a tide and the far right encroaches ever more into the mainstream, it is hard not to feel cynical about aestheticised brutality for affluent festival-goers. The dancers of the Bodhi Project and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance sprint frenetically around the stage, mingling with the equally hyperactive Viennese State Opera Chorus, when they are not rolling around in anguish, attempting to kill each other, or screaming slogans at the audience. It is exhausting to watch. (Financial Times, August 2021)

The dancers of Bodhi Project and SEAD dominate the scene alongside the choral mass that Lauwers brilliantly sets. An evening of accusation and utopia, as necessary as 60 years ago. (Kleine Zeitung, August 2021)