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

ZOO/Thomas Hauert


Gregory Batardon

Music exerts a fascination of sorts over Thomas Hauert. For this choreographer, music is not a constraint but an inexhaustible wellspring of dialogue with movement. For him, dance and music are the incarnation of our desire to order our experience of time. This new work for six dancers takes on the Concerto en fa by George Gershwin and Ludus de Morte Regis by contemporary composer Mauro Lanza, here performed a capella.  Two pieces of music to which the performers improvise according to a strict framework, subverting the cinematographic principle of “mickey mousing”, which holds that the music should mimic the action. The result is a captivating moving web that lends a visible physicality to the musical experience.


In 1998, Thomas Hauert, a longstanding member of the Belgian contemporary dance mouvement, decided to go alone, setting up his own company, ZOO. His first production, Cows in Space, was acclaimed for its unique use of improvisation, and laid the foundations for an aesthetic that explores the tension between freedom and constraint, individuals and the group, order and disorder. The Swiss choreographer has since gone on to create over 15 works which have been performed in more than 30 countries. In 2013, he joined La Manufacture (Lausanne) as academic director of the contemporary dance bachelor degree programme.

Further productions available for touring

La Mesure du désordre, 2015, 7 Performer, 12 x 14 m, 60 min
(sweet)(bitter), 2015, 1 Performer, 10 x 8 m, 30 min
MONO, 2013, 9 Performer, 12 x 13 m, 80 min
Danse Etoffée sur Musique Déguisée (+5 ans), 2012, 3 Performer, 10 x 10 m, 45 min
From B to B, 2011, 2 Performer, 10 x 10 m, 55 min
Accords, 2008, 7 Performer, 11,5 x 11 m, 80 min


Conception and choreography Thomas Hauert

Performer Thomas Hauert, Fabian Barba, Liz Kinoshita, Albert Quesada, Gabriel Schenker, Mat Voorter

Music George Gershwin, Piano Concerto in F, Mauro Lanza, Ludus de Morte Regis

Collage musical Thomas Hauert

Light design Bert Van Dijck

Costumes Chevalier-Masson

Sound Bart Celis

Collaboration informatique musicale (Ircam) Martin Antiphon

Production ZOO/Thomas Hauert

Coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelles, Charleroi Danses - Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Charleroi - Bruxelles, La Bâtie-Festival, Genève, PACT Zollverein, Essen, CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, Paris, Ircam – Centre Pompidou, Paris, Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne, Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape – direction Yuval Pick, Rillieux-la-Pape.

Support Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles-Service de la danse, Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Loterie Nationale, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, ein Kulturengagement des Lotterie-Fonds des Kantons Solothurn, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse, Studio Charleroi Danses, Grand Studio, Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape – direction Yuval Pick.

Thanks to Les Cris de Paris (direction Geoffroy Jourdain), Kommission und Interpretation 2013 des Stücks  Ludus de Morte Regis von Mauro Lanza am Festival ManiFeste (Ircam – Centre Pompidou).

Booking contact Caroline Vermeulen, Bruxelles,


Théâtre du Loup
Chem. de la Gravière 10, 1227 Genève
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2.2.2017, 17:00—18:10
Théâtre du Loup
3.3.2017, 22:00—23:10
Théâtre du Loup