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

Foofwa d’Imobilité / Neopost Foofwa

Histoires Condansées

Simon Letellier

One-man performance-lecture on a particular period in the history of dance

The wonderful world of 20th century dance is packed with illustrious names, such as Loïe Fuller, Rudolf Laban, Mary Wigman, Michel Fokine, Mister B., Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, Pina Bausch. If this is too much information for you to digest, don’t panic! Help is at hand. This new version, created with the light artist Jonathan O'Hear, subtitled A one-man performance-lecture on a selected history of dance, demonstrates how certain choreographic trends have helped to shape contemporary art. Bursting with anecdotes, which serve as a timely reminder that dance is as old as humanity itself, Foofwa d’Imobilité rumbustiously decodes the myriad forms of dance that have been created over the last 125 years and that are still being used today. He quite literally walks the talk by singing the music himself, describing the costumes and stage design and proving that the history of dance is alive and kicking.


Dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Foofwa d’Imobilité starts his career as a choreographer in 1998 in New York and founds the Neopost Foofwa Company in Geneva in 2000. Since then he puts his body and mind at the service of creations where the human, the generous, the authentic prevail over aesthetics. He associates with many artists, claims an anarchic practice in creating, and his collaboration with the scenographer and lighting designer Jonathan O’Hear is the best example of it.

Further productions available for touring

In/Utile : Incorporer, 2017, 10 Performer, 11 x 11 m, 100 min
/Utile : Redonner Corps, 2016, 8 Performer, 12 x 12 m, 75 min
Dancewalk, 2015, 1 Performer, draussen, von 10 min bis 20h
Musings, 2009, 1 Performer, 11 x 10 m, 55 min


Concept, text and performance Foofwa d'Imobilité

Light Jonathan O'Hear

Production Cie Neopost Foofwa

Support Entwickelt in Zusammenarbeit mit der Vermittlungsplattform vom AVDC und Reso - Tanznetzwerk Schweiz, mit der Unterstützung von Pro Helvetia im Rahmen des kulturellen Vermittlungprogramms. Neopost Foofwa wird mit einer kooperativen Fördervereinbarung von der Stadt Genf, Kanton Genf und Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung unterstützt.

Thanks to Murielle Perritaz, Christina Thurner, Anne-Pascale Mittaz, Sandrine Kuster, Raphaëlle Renken, Antoine Lengo.

Booking contact Patricia Buchet,


Centre des arts de l'Ecole Internationale
1208 Geneva
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2.2.2017, 14:00—16:00
Centre des arts de l'Ecole Internationale
3.3.2017, 19:00—21:00
Centre des arts de l'Ecole Internationale
4.3.2017, 16:30—18:30
Centre des arts de l'Ecole Internationale