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

Cindy Van Acker et le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève

Elementen III - Blazing Wreck

Christian Lutz

This piece, which Cindy Van Acker created specifically with the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève in mind, is inspired by the postulates set out in the seminal treatise Elements by the mathematician Euclid. Today, these postulates imprint their rhythms on the movements, the lighting and the space that make up this performance. Accompanying this sensorially incandescent quest, which explores the limits of human perception, is the evocative and powerful music of Finnish artist Mika Vainio. The electronic soundtrack conjures up the image of a cargo ship battling its way through a raging storm. As Van Acker explains, “Every bodily pulsation has to become part of the music.” Indeed, this image, which echoes the title of the piece (Blazing Wreck), is itself a thinly veiled reference to the shipwrecks painted by William Turner.


The Belgium dancer and choreographer with a classical background, joined the Ballet du Grand Théâtre Genève in 1990 and founded her own company Cie Greffe in Geneva. As a choreographer in her own right, she has created more than 20 genre-straddling pieces that explore “the connections between body and soul, sound and rhythm”. Van Acker also collaborates with international artists working outside the field of dance, such as Myriam Gourfink, Mika Vainio and Romeo Castellucci.

Further productions available for touring

ZAOUM, 2016, 8 Performer, 11 x 11 m, 65 min
ION, 2015, 1 Performer, 8 x 9 m, 65 min
ANECHOIC, 2014, 53 Performer (Studierende), 70 x 100 m (draussen), 35 min
DRIFT, 2013, 2 Performer, 10 x 10 m, 60 min
HELDER, 2013, 1 Performer, 6 x 7 m, 30 min
OBTUS, 2009, 1 Performer, 8 x 9 m, 35 min
LANX, 2009, 1 Performer, 10 x 10 m, 35 min
OBVIE, 2008, 1 Performer, 11 x 11 m, 27 min


Opening Creation


Choreography Cindy Van Acker

Music Mika Vainio

Stage design Victor Roy

Light design Luc Gendroz

Assistant Stéphanie Bayle

Choreographic Research Stéphanie Bayle, Paul Girard, Margaux Monetti, Raphaëlle Teicher, Rudi van der Merwe

With 22 dancers of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève

Coproduction Grand Théâtre de Genève, adc Genf, Compagnie Greffe, Genf. Realisation mit der Unterstützung der Zeitgenössischen Schweizer Tanztage 2017. Die Compagnie Greffe wird mit einer kooperativen Fördervereinbarung von der Stadt Genf, Kanton Genf und Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung unterstützt.

Contact of the Compagnie Greffe – Cindy Van Acker Tutu Production - Véronique Maréchal,


Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM)
Pl. des Volontaires 2, 1204 Genève
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1.2.2017, 20:30—21:25
Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM)