Edition 2019

From 6 to 9 February 2019 in Lausanne, the 10th Swiss Dance Days had showcased the winning performances selected by the jury from over 150 entries. The programme offered a snapshot of the trends that are currently inspiring Swiss choreographers and dancers.


Vincent Baudriller Director of the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Anneli Binder Managing co-director and artistic director of the dance & performance programme, Dampfzentrale Bern
Patrick de Rham Director of Arsenic – Centre d'art scénique contemporain, Lausanne
Catja Loepfe Director of the Tanzhaus Zurich
Philippe Saire Choreographer and artistic director of Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne
Stefano Tomassini Dance advisor at LIS/LAC Lugano and assistant professor at IUAV University, Venice


Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Arsenic - Centre d'art scénique contemporain
Théâtre Sévelin 36
L'Octogone - Théâtre de Pully
La Manufacture - Haute école des arts de la scène

Finale Auswahl

Cie Philippe Saire


Philippe Weissbrodt

After the creation of several pieces in which the accent was on the set design, Philippe Saire is back this time with a bare stage on which the bodies are the principle vectors. Between the physical and the fantastic, «Actéon» takes up the eponymous Greek myth of the hunter changed into a deer by the goddess Diana and torn to shreds by his own dogs. With a central focus on the dancers’ movement and interpretation, the piece takes place in the fascinating, strange and controversial world of hunting. The myth of Actéon as adapted for this piece uses allegory to question our relationship with savagery and utopian ideals of nature. To the sounds of bodies in action, the noises and rustling of the forest and the hunt, Philippe Saire re-examines questions of transgression and metamorphosis and pushes the limits of the «pact» we make with the stage to suspend our disbelief.

As the sole artist sitting on the jury, Philippe Saire will have the opportunity to present one of his own works during the Swiss Dance Days.


Philippe Saire is a choreographer and founder of Théâtre Sévelin 36, a venue entirely dedicated to contemporary dance. In 1986 he founded his company in Lausanne, where he has since continued to develop his work, contributing to the ever-growing prominence of Swiss contemporary dance. Over the years Philippe Saire has received many honours. In 1998 he was awarded the Grand Prix from the Fondation Vaudoise for creation and artistic promotion as well as the Author’s Prize at the 6th annual Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales for «Étude sur la légèreté». In 2004 he received the Swiss Prize for Dance and Choreography and in 2013 Théâtre Sévelin 36 received the Special Dance Prize.


Th 7.2 The Collectif (c)ouverture invites you to an informal talk with the artists 20 min after the show.


Choreography Philippe Saire

Performance Gyula Cserepes, Pierre Piton, Denis Robert, David Zagari

Creation assistant Chady Abu-Nijmeh

Light design Philippe Saire, Vincent Scalbert

Sound design Stéphane Vecchione

Costumes & accessories Julie Chapallaz

Make up Nathalie Monod

Technical director Vincent Scalbert

Sound management Basile Weber

Administration Valérie Niederoest

Diffusion Gábor Varga / BravoBravo

Communication & production Martin Genton

Support Loterie Romande, Fondation de Famille Sandoz, Ernst Göhner Stiftung. In the period 2018-2020, the company Cie Philippe Saire receives subsidies as part of the cooperative funding agreement between the City of Lausanne, the Canton of Lausanne and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. The Cie Philippe Saire is the resident company at Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne.

Booking contact Gábor Varga / BravoBravo, Genève,


Théâtre Sévelin 36
Av. de Sévelin 36, 1004 Lausanne
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6.2.2019, 21.30—22.30
Théâtre Sévelin 36
7.2.2019, 20.30—21.30
Théâtre Sévelin 36