John at danceWEB 2016 - cultural exchange in dance in Vienna

I have been awarded the danceWEB scholarship to attend ImPulsTanz in Vienna this summer—Europe’s largest dance festival. This year, out of more than 1000 applicants from around the globe, I am one of sixty-six to receive the danceWEB scholarship and one of only eight Americans.

I am asking for contributions to enable my participation in danceWEB this summer. The scholarship covers two thirds of my tuition costs but I am required to finance the last third of tuition—$2500. In addition, I am responsible for covering my own airfare, food, and living expenses in Vienna, bringing my total fundraising goal to $4500. For this campaign I have set a goal of $4000—I hope to raise the rest through other funding sources.

I am fortunate to work in New York as a freelance performer, writer and arts administrator at Pentacle/DanceWorks, Inc., but attending ImPulsTanz for five weeks, even on partial scholarship, is beyond my means. If I do not pay the remaining $2500 tuition by June 1 then I will lose my place in the program.

I bring to ImPulsTanz my particular experiences of dance in both theatrical and visual arts contexts in the US, including at major American theater and museum institutions such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, MoMA PS1, and the Walker Arts Center. I believe that dance holds a political potential to challenge conformity and to create space for alternative ways of being and moving through the world. I look forward to dialoguing with artists from around the globe about the aesthetic position of dance in relationship to theater and visual arts and the political potential of dance in the US and abroad. These conversations will plant the seeds of artistic relationships with international artists that will continue to generate cross-cultural dialogue and exchange long after the festival ends.

As a participant in danceWEB, I will benefit from the following at ImpulsTanz:

Thank you for considering supporting my fundraising campaign. Any amount you can contribute would be greatly appreciated. If you would rather contribute by check please reach out to me directly at john.hoobyar[at]

Massive thanks to Sarah Konner and Bradley Teal Ellis for dancing in my video with me and to Victoria Sendra for filming.

Thanks also to Catherine Galasso, Christopher Williams, Karl Rogers, and Rebecca Patek for providing photo and video content for my campaign video.

Thanks to Sarah A.O. Rosner / A.O. Pro(+ductions) for helping me navigate Kickstarter and to Chihiro Shimizu at Gibney Dance's Digital Technology Initiative for teaching me some video editing skills!

Thanks to Minden for the music! The track is called "Books (Instrumental)" and you can check out their full album here!

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