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

József Trefeli und Gábor Varga


Gregory Batardon

Contemporary dance has not always shunned its pagan cousin. From Nijinski to Mary Wigman, the tremendous power of folk dance rituals heavily influenced the work of 20th century avant-garde choreographers. Today, in Geneva, it is the turn of József Trefeli and Gábor Varga to get to the heart of the relationship between tradition and modernity by exploring the subject of biographical, ethnographical, social and cultural roots. József Trefeli and Gábor Varga commandeer the folklore to produce their own “fake-lore” thus inventing an updated Creature, in a place it belongs today. Whips, sticks, masks, costumes and other relics of an archaic heritage lead to the emergence of a new form of round dance that is bursting with virile energy and offers unexpected insights for our times, which are increasingly preoccupied with getting back to basics.


Hungarians József Trefeli and Gábor Varga were practitioners of traditional dance before training in contemporary techniques. Trefeli graduated from the University of Melbourne and continued to work in Australia before joining Compagnie Alias in Geneva. Varga studied at the Talentum International School of Dance & Musical Art (Budapest), then at P.A.R.T.S (Brussels). From the time they met in Budapest, they knew what they wanted to do: apply their shared heritage to a series of performances that blend tradition and modernity.

Further productions available for touring

JINX 103, 2011, 2 Performer, 8 x 8 m, 20 min
LIFT, 2013, 4 Performer, 8 x 8 m, 30 min
UP, 2014, 6 Performer, 10 x 10 m, 60 min


Idea and choreography József Trefeli, Gábor Varga

Performer József Trefeli, Gábor Varga oder Gyula Cserepes

Music Frédérique Jarabo

Accessoires Christophe Kiss

Costumes Kata Tóth

Photo Gregory Batardon

Danse specialiste in traditional Carpates Kristóf Fundák

Administration Laure Chapel Paquis Production

Diffusion Lilla Eredics

Coproduction adc Genève, Le CND, centre national de la danse, Pantin, Arsenic – centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne, Kaserne, Bâle, CCN - Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy, Migrations, Pays de Galles

Further partners MEG Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève, CCN Rillieux-la-Pape – director Yuval Pick, FR, Label Bobine Genève.

Cooperation mit adc - Genève, ADN Neuchâtel, Arsenic Lausanne, Dampfzentrale Bern, éviDanse, Kaserne Basel, Théâtre Les Halles Sierre and Zürcher Theater Spektakel Zürich im Rahmen des Veranstalterfonds von Reso - Tanznetzwerk Schweiz mit der Unterstützung von Pro Helvetia und Ernst Göhner Stiftung.

Support Kulturabteilung der Stadt Genf, Loterie Romande, Pro Helvetia, Commune de Lancy, Schweizerische Interpretengenossenschaft SIG, Migros Kulturprozent, Corodis, Kanton Genf.

Thanks to Natacha Koutchoumov, Rudi van der Merwe, Rares Donca, Réka Farkas, Annelies Adamo, Sally Corry, Jemma Turner, Laurent Junod, Institut Balassi – Hungarian Institute von Paris, Pannonia Danse Hongroise.

Booking contact Lilla Eredics, Budapest,


Rue du Stand 3BIS, 1204 Genève
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2.2.2017, 19:30—20:05
3.2.2017, 15:45—16:20