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

Lucie Tuma

On the Rocks (miniature)

Caroline Palla

The stage looks like a subterranean landscape. Props, which appear to come from a society that has ceased to exist above ground level, lie lifelessly on the dirt floor. A dark tarpaulin covers the back of the stage; wooden stalactites are suspended from hangers. This is the setting for On the Rocks, a live and futuristic piece of musical theatre that simulates the experience of nature. It is the last instalment of Lucie Tuma’s trilogy, Volkskörper (the body politic). When creating this piece, the choreographer saw it as a sculpture from a world that looks familiar but one that is entirely unknown to us. On this extraordinary playing field, 15 dancers/performers endeavour to get to grips with the fact that time passes differently here. It is this space which they will inhabit from now on. It is here that they will reinterpret the movements they have inherited, remembered and stored in order to endow their new existence with a shared meaning.


Born and based in Zurich, Lucie Tuma studied drama at Giessen before completing her contemporary dance studies in Montpellier. Her reflections on contemporary poetic creation also feature pop culture and science, and she deploys wide ranging forms of expression: from dance performances to books, right up to music albums. In 2008, she and Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt created the duo Chuck Morris. In 2014, she won the City of Zurich Culture Award for Dance.

Further productions available for touring

Chuck Morris, 2015, 2 Performer, 10 x 10 m, 90 min
Solo for everybody, 2012, 1 Performer, 10 x 10 m, 40 min


Conception and Performer Laura Endres, Kahori Furukawa, Daniel Goody, Claudia Hill, Jessica Huber, Christina Hug, Igor Kretzu, Julie Laporte, Daniela Lehmann, Valentin Lorenz, Tabea Magyar, David Marques, Clea Onori, Aga Pędziwiatr, Michele Piazzi, Patrick Rohner, Lucie Tuma, Karol Tyminski, Elizabeth Waterhouse

Coproduction Gessnerallee Zürich, Südpol Luzern

Support Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art, Ernst Göhner Stiftung. Dank freundlicher Unterstützung der Stadt Zürich und des Kantons Zürich für die Einladung an die Zeitgenössischen Schweizer Tanztage 2017.

Thanks to Max-Philip Aschenbrenner, Tomas Brader, Ricardo Eizirik, Johanna Kluhs, Patrick Müller, Caroline Palla, Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt.

Booking contact Daniela Lehmann, Zurich,


adc - Salle des Eaux-Vives
Rue des Eaux-Vives 84, 1207 Genève
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2.2.2017, 20:00—23:10
adc - Salle des Eaux-Vives
3.2.2017, 22:00—01:10
adc - Salle des Eaux-Vives
4.2.2017, 19:00—22:10
adc - Salle des Eaux-Vives