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

Lea Moro

(b)reaching stillness

Dieter Hartwig

Dance critics long considered motionlessness as a non-movement or, at most, the marking of its absence. Yet, there is no such thing as motionlessness; it is a construct of the mind, not the body. This is especially true for the three dancers who, naked from the waist up, take over the blue-velvet stage and use every means in their power to show the lifeblood that flows through them. They achieve this by using the surface of their skin to mirror the subtle movements taking place within their beating bodies. In this opulent and rather baroque piece, the choreographer makes the imperceptible perceptible. To the sumptuous sound of Gustave Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor, (b)reaching stillness is a reflection on how forms take shape, from the very beginning right through to the end.


The Swiss choreographer and dancer Lea Moro working in Zurich and Berlin, got her career off to a flying start thanks to her iconoclastic solo interpretation of the classic ballet The Rite of Spring. In her work, whether as a choreographer and dancer, she continues to bring in new forms and take part in a diverse range of projects; in 2015 the magazine tanz crowned her choreographer of the year. Her group piece, which will be performed at the Swiss Contemporary Dance Days 2017, originally caused a stir at the 2016 Dance Platform in Germany, and led to a European tour.

Further productions available for touring

The End of the Alphabet, 2016, 1 Performerin, 15 x 15 m, 55 min
Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet for a single body, 2014, 1 Performerin, 11 x 11 m, 50 min


Concept, choreography, dance Lea Moro

Co-choreography, dance Enrico Ticconi, Jorge De Hoyos

Dramaturgy Maja Zimmermann

Music Adaptation, sound design Marcus Thomas

Light design Annegret Schalke

Stage design Katrin Fürst

Costumes Lydia Sonderegger

Choreographical Assistant Julia Turbahn

Dramaturgical Advisor Linda Sepp

Graphic design Zelika Pravdic

Production Marie Schmieder

Coproduction Eine Produktion von Lea Moro in Kooperation mit SOPHIENSÆLE.

Support Gefördert aus Mitteln des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin - Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten und durch das Nationale Performance Netzwerk (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestags. Unterstützt durch die Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fondation Nestlé pour L´Art, Georges & Jenny Bloch Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung und Pact Zollverein Essen. Mit Dank an Tanzfabrik Berlin, Wiesen55 e.V., ada Studio Berlin, Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Kunsthaus Zürich, Dampfzentrale Bern, Tanzhaus Zürich. Im Rahmen des Recherchebeitrags der Stadt Zürich Kultur ist aus dem Recherchematerial eine Publikation zu (b)reaching stillness sowie ein Postkarten-Set entstanden.

Booking contact Lea Moro, Zürich/Berlin,


Salle du Lignon
Pl. du Lignon 16, 1219 Vernier
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2.2.2017, 22:00—23:10
Salle du Lignon
3.3.2017, 17:00—18:10
Salle du Lignon