Edition 2017

In the run-up to this celebration of contemporary dance, which is held every two years in a different Swiss city, a jury comprising five leading figures from the world of dance has watched more than 140 productions over the last 12 months. The winning entries will be presented at 12 venues across Geneva, which have joined forces especially for the occasion through the creation of an association and a small team.

In doing so, they, alongside Reso – Dance Network Switzerland, provide a tangible demonstration of their commitment to the art of choreography and dance in Switzerland. The Swiss Dance Days, which are also open to the public, are aimed at professionals ­– journalists, festival directors, programmers – from both Switzerland and abroad.


La Ribot, Mona De Weerdt, Joëlle Smadja, Patrick Müller, Claude Ratzé


adc (Association pour la Danse Contemporaine), Festival Antigel, TU – Théâtre de l’Usine, Théâtre du Loup, Théâtre du Grütli, Théâtre du Galpon, Théâtre Forum Meyrin, Service culturel de Vernier und Reso - Tanznetzwerk Schweiz.

In cooperation with

Théâtre Am Stram Gram, Théâtre Pitoëff, Salle du Faubourg, Palladium, Casino Théâtre, Point favre und Théâtre du Centre des arts de l’Ecole Internationale de Genève.

Media reviews

16.12.16, Le Courrier, La danse en effervescence, Cécile Dalla Torre PDF
16.12.16, Le Courrier, L’histoire continue de s’écrire, Cécile Dalla Torre PDF
22.01.17, Le Matin, La danse à dévorer du regard, Mireille Descombes PDF
25.01.2017, Les, La fluidité du mouvement, Vanesa Dacuña Rodriguez et Anastassia Issakova PDF
25.01.2017,, Espace, chorés et 3D… signés Gilles Jobin PDF
30.01.2017, Tribune de Genève, Genève, plate-forme suisse du mouvement, Katia Berger PDF
1.02.17, Tribune de Genève, Genève, ville de danse !, Jean-François Mabut PDF
2.02.17, Tribune de Genève, Cindy Van Acker brise les digues, Katia Berger PDF
3.02.17, Le Temps, Le grand bal des chorégraphes, Alexandre Demidoff PDF
2.02.17, Le Temps, L’ode maritime sublime de Cindy Van Acker, Alexandre Demidoff PDF
3.02.17, Le Temps, Comment Genève s’est mise à chérir la danse, Alexandre Demidoff PDF
3.02.17, Le Monde, Montée de sève chorégraphique à Genève, Rosita Boisseau PDF
3.02.17, Tribune de Genève, Lea Moro dilate l’instant, Katia Berger PDF
3.02.17, Le Courrier, Gabor Varga. Fonceur sans borne, Cécile Dalla Torre PDF
4.02.17, Le Temps, Video, La danse contemporaine racontée en image, Alexandre Demidoff VIDEO
6.02.17, Tribune de Genève, Huit stations pour un chemin de croix érotique, Katia Berger PDF
7.02.17, Le Courrier, Danser la contestation, Cécile Dalla Torre PDF
6.02.17, SRF 2 Radio, Kultur Kompakt, Maya Künzler, ab Minute 5:26 PODCAST
21.02.17, Danser canal historique, Genève, capitale de danse, Gérard Mayen PDF
22.02.17, Suíça propõe programa de intercâmbio cultural com a América Latina - Cultura - Estadão, Helena Katz PDF
23.02.17, I/O Gazette, La Suisse prend position, Marie Sorbier PDF
6.03.17, ballroom, Voyage en Suisse PDF
7.03.17, SRF Kultur, Journalismus im Wandel - Traumberuf Kritikerin? Nein, danke., Julia Voegelin PODCAST
10.03.17, Magazin tanz, La Ribot & Fleischlin/Meser, Arnd Wesemann PDF
06.04.17, Revista Revol Brazil, Swiss Dance Days 2017, Maria Lavandera, VIDEO
01.05.17, Magazin tanz, Thomas Hauert, Lilo Weber PDF

Final selection

La Ribot

Another Distinguée

Anne Maniglier

La Ribot's ongoing project, Distinguished Pieces, is an accumulation of short sketches (distinguished pieces). Organised into collections they have been presented in galleries and studio theatres across the world. Originally conceived as fragmented discourses punctuating her life they push the boundaries of choreography, reframing our view of the body as both object and subject. Twenty-three years after the first Distinguished Piece, La Ribot has created her fifth series - Another Distinguée, which includes eight new pieces. The spectator is invited into a particular yet familiar space - a black cube - where a vast looming dark presence dominates. Joined by actor Juan Loriente and dancer Thami Manekehla, La Ribot moves the audience around the opaque and sinister shadows, exploring the invisibility and opening up infinite and multiple points of view.


Born in Madrid, La Ribot lives and works in Geneva. Her practice has fundamentally changed the field of contemporary dance. Borrowing freely from the idioms of theatre, visual arts, performance and film, her work positions itself squarely at the point of friction between different artistic disciplines and fields. For La Ribot, dance is the starting point for an extensive experimentation process that is always rooted in the body’s many languages.


Swiss premiere

Further productions available for touring 

Distinguished Hits (1991-2001) 2016, 1 Performerin, 13 x 15 m, 60 min
El Triunfo de la libertad 2014, ohne Performer, 12 x 10 x 6 m, 60 min
Laughing Hole 2006, 3 Performer, 10 x 14m, 360 min


Choreography and artistic direction La Ribot

Performers La Ribot, Juan Loriente, Thami Manekehla

Installation La Ribot

Construction of the installation Marie Prédour, Victor Roy

Light design Eric Wurtz

Technical direction Marie Prédour

Costumes La Ribot

Production of the costumes Laurence Durieux, Marion Schmidt, Julie Z.

Œil extérieur Jaime Conde Salazar

Production La Ribot - Genève

Production and communication Sara Cenzual

Administration Gonzague Bochud

Co-production Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne, Centre National de la Danse, Paris, Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille, Teatros del Canal, Madrid, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Centre Pompidou

Support Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung und Ernst Göhner Stiftung. La Ribot wird mit einer kooperativen Fördervereinbarung unterstützt in der Periode 2015-2017 durch die Stadt Genf, Kanton Genf und Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung.

Booking contact (international) Nicky Childs, Artsadmin, London,

Booking contact (Spain) Paz Cecilia, Magale prod, Madrid,


Théâtre du Grütli
Rue du Général-Dufour 16, 1204 Genève
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1.2.2017, 17:00—18:20
Théâtre du Grütli
2.2.2017, 17:00—18:20
Théâtre du Grütli
4.2.2017, 19:00—20:20
Théâtre du Grütli
2.3.2017, 17:00—18:20
Théâtre du Grütli