Milestones

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1979

Foundation of „Ich bin O.K.“ by Katalin Zanin in Waidhofen an der Thaya

1984

Performance on the occasion of the “Special Arts Festival” at the White House in Washington (USA)

1990

“Egon the Green Bear” in Vienna; Direction: Katalin Zanin, Peter Radtke

1990 – 1994

Dance workshop in New Delhi 1993, with Katalin Zanin and Maria Dinold

1990 – 1994: several performances in cooperation with “Aktion Mensch” on the topic of inclusion

1996

Beginning of the cooperation with “Internationale Tanzwochen” – later “ImPulsTanz” – workshops and festival

1997

“Diana Stage Dance Group” (cooperation with the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera)

2000

“Off Ballet Special I” (cooperation with the Vienna State Opera Ballet); Ballet Director: Renato Zanella

2001

Opening of the 45th Vienna Opera Ball, invited by State Opera Director Ioan Holender

Dance collage “Wiener Melange”, with singer Edna Prochnik, choreography Carole Alston-Bukowski. Therewith opening and performance at the 13th International Symposium “Adapted Physical Activity” (also first evening of the new Museumsquartier Vienna);

2002

“Off Ballet Special II” (cooperation with the Vienna State Opera); Direction: Renato Zanella

2004

“We dance through EU-ropa”, Theater in der Josefstadt, Vienna

2007

“Aqua Vita”, Theater in der Josefstadt, Vienna; with Bettina and Markus Hering, Mercedes Echerer, Sandra Pires, Barbara Rett, Heribert Sasse and Renato Zanella

2008

Festival “Kultur vom Rande”, Reutlingen (stage dance group)

2009

Participation in “Dance the Tolerance – Exile”, Gasometer Vienna; Director: Roystem Maldoom

Handover of the association to Hana Zanin Pauknerova and Attila Zanin

2010

“Moha in Dir” (Dance Company), Festival “Tallers Musicals D’Avinyó”, Spain; other performances: Festival “SichtWechsel” Linz (2011), Schauspielhaus Vienna (2011), Konzerthaus Innsbruck (2011)

“Dancer against Cancer” ball, Rueff dancing school; with Alfons Haider

“Das Tanzende Haus” (dance studio), Theater Akzent, Vienna; with Alfons Haider and Johnny K. Palmer

2011

Dance at the wedding of Herta and Sandor Habsburg-Lorraine (Dance Company)

since 2011: Summer dance camps

since 2011: dancing contribution to the mass in St. Stephen’s Cathedral on the occasion of the “World Down Syndrome Day” (21 March)

“Welt-er-schöpfung” (dance studio), Theater Akzent, Vienna; with Barbara Rett, Markus Hering, Mercedes Echerer, Susanne Kirnbauer

2012

Our dancer Raphael Kadrnoska opens the Vienna Opera Ball as the first debutant with Down’s syndrome

“The Wizard of O.K.” (dance studio), Theater Akzent, Vienna; with Brigitte Karner

“3 stories about friendship” (Dance Company), Jungle Vienna; Milli Bitterli, Nicole Brend-Caccivio, Hana Zanin Pauknerova and Attila Zanin; further performances: Dance Festival “ProART”, Prague (2012), Literature Festival “Ohrenschmaus” (2012), 4th Schuler Theatre Meeting “Junge Burg” (2013)

Children’s ball in the Vienna Hofburg, Energy for Life; with DJ Ötzi

2013

“Ost Side Story” (dance studio), Theater Akzent, Vienna; with Agnes Palmisano, Florian “Funke” Prokopec

Nomination “Austrian of the Year 2013

2014

guest at the “Dancer against Cancer”-Ball, Tanzschule Rueff

“3 stories about friendship” (Dance Company), Festival “Kultur vom Rande”, Reutlingen (D); International Dance Week Dresden (D); Performance in Antwerp (BEL)

“Separated – United” (Dance Company), premiere at the OO Kulturquartier Linz

“Mulatság” project with deaf dancers, opening of the Vienna Central Station

“Separated – United” (Dance Company), Odeon Theater Vienna; with Irene Bauer, Martin Dvořa

2015

“Aladdin’s Cognition” (dance studio), theatre accent; with Johnny K. Palmer

5 years “DANCEproject and Friends” at the municipal theatre Gmunden

Our dancer Christine Kortschak opens the Vienna Opera Ball as debutante

2nd Austrian benefit gala for people with Down’s syndrome at the Brucknerhaus in Linz

Guest performance with “Separate – United” in Tirana at the invitation of the Austrian Embassy in Albania

2016

Performance of the ”Ich bin O.K.“ Dance Company during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Winter Games Pre Games

Our dancer Alexander Stuchlik opens the Vienna Opera Ball as debutant

Performance of “Getrennt-Vereint” at the 25th International Dance Week in Dresden

“Kein Stück Liebe” Dance Company Production, Premiere at Theater Akzent, Vienna

Performance “zeitLUPE-Know the moment” together with dancers of the group Urban Arists at the “sicht:wechsel” festival in Linz

Performance of “Kein Stück Liebe” as part of the ImPulsTanz Festival in the Akademietheater, together with the three (former) refugees Jasmid, Pal and Ryan

2017

Opening of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Schladming together with the Vienna State Opera Ballet and participation in the closing ceremony in the Merkur Arena Graz

“Kein Stück Liebe” Dance Company Production at the Grenzgänger Festival 2017 in Munich

“Übern Zaun schau’n” (look over the fence) with the band “Broken Tree-O” at the Theater Akzent

Performance of “Kein Stück Liebe” at the 26th International Dance Week in Dresden

Since 2017 participation in the dance competition and dance festival in Moscow

Since 2017 participation in the international dance competition “VIBE international” Vienna: gold, silver and bronze medal.

Since 2017 cooperation with the fashion label “VOI fesch“

Performance of the „Ich bin O.K.“ Dance Company at the 23rd Manfred & Hilde Swarovski Memorial Tournament at Schindlhof in Tirol

Performance of “Getrennt-Vereint” as part of the ImPulsTanz Festival at the Akademietheater

2018

Swatina Wutha and Felix Roper, dancers of the association „Ich bin O.K.“ open the Vienna Opera Ball as the first debutant couple with Down Syndrome

Premiere of the „Ich bin O.K.“ Dance Company production “Pal, my brother!” on the stage of the Jungle Vienna, Theaterhaus for young audience

Performance of “Pal, my brother!” at the 27th International Dance Week in Dresden

Participation at the national Special Olympics Summer Games 2018 in Vöcklabruck in the discipline dance with the result: 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal in the categories solo, team and couple.

Appearance at the summer party of Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at Palais Schönberg

Participation in the international dance competition “VIBE international” Vienna with gold, silver and bronze medal.

2019

Participation in the international dance competition “VIBE international” Vienna with gold, silver and bronze medal.

“akzepTANZEN” – „Ich bin O.K.“ celebrates 40th anniversary and 70th birthday of the founder at the Theater Akzent

Two duets and fashion show with “VOI fesch” at the festival “Sicht:Wechsel” (View:Change)

Two dancers from the association Ich bin O.K. open the Vienna Opera Ball as a debutant couple with Down’s syndrome: Maria Naber and Simon Couvreur

Participation in Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi, Raphael Kadrnoska wins gold

“Flute Magic” (dance studio), Theater Akzent, Vienna; with Angelika Niakan

Participation in the dance competition and dance festival in Moscow

“Light into Darkness” auction gala in aid of Ich bin O.K., live on ORF III

2020

Success at Special Olympics: 4 x gold medal, 1 x silver, 1 x bronze!!!

Start of the EU project “ConnectUp” in Vienna: The partners of “ConnectUp” visit our dance studio.

Opera ball with “I am O.K.“: Our opera ball couple Magdalena Tichy and Konrad Heller in the Federal President’s box.

Corona virus: Because of the Corona virus we have to stop the dance studio operation as of March 12. The premiere of “In/Equality” has to be postponed to December, the Vibe competition is cancelled and our guest performance at the Tanztage Dresden also falls victim to the virus.

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