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

Daniel Hellmann

Requiem For A Piece Of Meat

Nelly Rodriguez + Jung Krastev

Are not animals, human beings and objects really nothing more than envelopes - or in the first two cases sacks of skin? With «Requiem For A Piece Of Meat» Daniel Hellman blows up the body’s accepted role. Whether dancing, sliding or growling around the performers and musicians transform the stage into a place of encounter and conflict. The moving bodies are accompanied by the voices of the musical ensemble novantik project basel and compositions by Lukas Huber. Between poetry and raw objectivity, sacred music and cries from the slaughterhouse, this funeral mass amidst the living reveals the surprising complexity of our relationship with the flesh – simultaneously fascinating and repugnant, both living matter and savoury meat. After «Traumboy», a documentary solo about sex work, Daniel Hellmann continues his multidisciplinary research into art as it relates to the body - contemporary, sensitive and social - and its paradoxes.


Daniel Hellmann A man of dance and theatre, both singer and performer, he studied philosophy, classical singing and the performing arts. His desire to combine theatre and dance led him to create the company 3art3 in Zurich in 2012. His first piece «K», created with Quan Bui Ngoc was honoured with two different prizes. His solo «Traumboy» (2015) was chosen for the Swiss Selection at the Avignon Festival in 2016. His piece «Requiem For A Piece Of Meat» won the June Johnson Dance Prize.


Not suitable for young audiences under 16

Sa 9.2 Do you want to talk about your feelings and questions about the show? Join the theatre’s friends’ table in the foyer after the performance.


Concept/choreography Daniel Hellmann

Performance Géraldine Chollet, Hea Min Jung, Braulio Bandeira, Krassen Krastev, Giovanna Baviera, Lena Kiepenheuer, Florencia Menconi, Rui Stähelin

Scenic collaboration Nacho

Musical concept Abélia Nordmann, Lukas Huber, Daniel Hellmann

Dramaturgy Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs

Scenography Theres Indermaur

Costumes Valérie Reding

Musical preparation Abélia Nordmann

Light design Ursula Degen

Sound design Lukas Huber

Technical direction Anna Lienert

Outside eye Jessica Huber

Assistance Antonia Krämer, Quentin Barthassat

Administration Larissa Bizer

Music John Dowland, Lukas Huber, Tarquinio Merula, Gérard Pape

Production 3art3 Company & novantik project basel

Coproduction Gessnerallee Zürich, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Theater Chur, Gare du Nord Basel & Nationaltheater Mannheim. In cooperation with Tanzhaus Zurich & Théâtre Sévelin 36 Lausanne.

Support Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Zürich, Fachausschuss Musik BS/BL, Pro Helvetia, Migros Culture Percentage, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Christoph Merian Stiftung, UBS Kulturstiftung, Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung, Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art. Distinguished with the June Johnson Dance Prize 2015.


Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne René Gonzalez
Av. Emile-Henri-Jaques-Dalcroze 5, 1007 Lausanne
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8.2.2019, 16.30—17.40
Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne René Gonzalez
9.2.2019, 19.00—20.10
Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne René Gonzalez