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

Kaori Ito / Himé

Je danse parce que je me méfie des mots

Gregory Batardon

They had not spoken for more than 10 years when, in 2012, Kaori Ito decided to contact her father, the sculptor Hiroshi Ito. Having roamed the world with her work, the dancer returned to Japan, which was still reeling from the devastating effects of the tsunami. She wanted only one thing: to recreate a meeting with her father. But how do you close the gulf that now separates them? Her answer: an artistic and human rapprochement. The father willingly accepts to take part in his daughter’s question-and-answer game: “Why are your sculptures so dark? Do you believe in ghosts?” While highly personal, these questions also touch on universal themes such as the transition from child to adult, and dislocation. The tenderness and refound sense of filial love expressed by these two artists in their shared dance is because in Japan words are not to be trusted.


Kaori Ito studied classical ballet in her native Tokyo before moving to the United States to continue her training. During her career she has worked with the likes of Philippe Découflé, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and James Thiérée. In 2008, she choreographed her first work, Noctiluque, inspired by Kafka’s Metamorphosis. In less than 10 years, she has become a leading light of the international contemporary dance scene. This versatile artist is also a talented video producer and is involved in a wide range of projects, notably for the stage.

Further productions available for touring

Robot, l’amour éternel, 2017, 1 Performer, 10x10,5m, ca. 60 min
SoloS, 2009, 1 Performer, 10 x 10,5 m, 40 min.


Text, direction and choreography Kaori Ito

Assistant choreography Gabriel Wong

Dramaturgy Julien Mages

Stage design Hiroshi Ito

Light design Arno Veyrat

Music Joan Cambon

Conception of the masks and oeil extérieur Erhard Stiefel

Costumes Duc Siegenthaler (Haute École d'Art et de Design de Genève)

Coaching acting Jean-Yves Ruf

Coaching vocal Alexis Gfeller

Repetition Chiharu Mamiya

Sound direction Adrien Maury, Bernard Lévejac et Jean-Marc Istria

Light direction Arno Veyrat, Pierre Montessuit, Carole China et Thomas Dupeyron

Production Améla Alihodzic (Playtime) et Thierry Tordjman (T&T Productions)

Diffusion Sarah Benoliel

Coproduction adc - Association pour la Danse Contemporaine, Genève,le Théâtre Garonne scène européenne, Toulouse, le Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Scène nationale, les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. La Ménagerie de verre, Paris, le Lieu Unique – scène nationale de Nantes, le Klap Maison pour la danse, Marseille, l’Avant-Scène – scène conventionnée de Cognac, le Channel – scène nationale de Calais, la Filature – scène nationale de Mulhouse.

Support Stadt Genf, SSA (SSA für die choreografische Kreation), Pro Helvetia, La Loterie Romande, La Fondation Ernst Göhner, Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Île-de-France - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, La Fondation Sasakawa, Arcadi Île-de-France. Der Verein Himé erhält eine Unterstützung von der Stiftung BNP Paribas für alle seine Projekte.

Diffusion Améla Alihodzic,


Théâtre Forum Meyrin
Pl. des Cinq-Continents 1, 1217 Meyrin
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3.2.2017, 20:30—21:25
Théâtre Forum Meyrin