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

Tabea Martin

Pink for Girls and Blue for Boys

Helen Ree

Boys wear blue, girls wear pink. Boys are firemen, girls are secretaries. Boys have to be fast, girls have to be neat and tidy. Boys walk backwards, girls get sweets... Seem unfair? Tabea Martin agrees. In this piece which, on the surface, appears rather naive, the choreographer suggests bringing about a childhood revolution. Turning to the young members of the audience directly, she takes to task the unjust principle of gender-based identity building, a concept used in the social sciences to refer to the non-biological differences between women and men. Since time immemorial, these differences have been exploited to construct a male-dominated social structure. This exploration of the impact of social pressure on the development of future generations makes it a must-see for parents, too!


Tabea Martin studied dance in the Netherlands. It was also there that she launched her dancing and choreography career. She travelled extensively through Europe, spending time in Germany and Ireland, among others, before settling in Switzerland. Even here, she refuses to be tied down, preferring to move around from one project to the next rather than commit to a permanent company. In 2011, she won the Wim Bary prize for her work and as a rising young star of the future. She continues to build on her repertoire, which now stands at over 10 works, creating pieces that examine human attitudes to sociological phenomena.


Performance for young audience aged 6+

Weitere Produktionen auf Tournee

Beyond Indifference, 2016, 6 performers, 15 x 15 m, 70 min
Field, 2015, 4 performers, 10 x 10 m, 50 min
Duet for two dancers, 2010, 2 performers, 10 x 10 m, 25 min


Choreography Tabea Martin

Dramaturgy Irina Müller

Performer Maria de Dueñas Lopez, Melanie Wirz, Carl Staaf, Miguel do Vale

Stage design Doris Margarete Schmidt

Costumes Mirjam Egli

Technician David Baumgartner

Production management, Diffusion Larissa Bizer

Oeil extérieur Moos van den Broek

Coproduction Tanzhaus, Zürich, Krokusfestival, Hasselt.

Partners Tanzhaus Zürich, Kaserne Basel, evidanse Centre Culturel de la Prévôté Moutier, Festival de la Cité Lausanne, Reso – Tanznetzwerk Schweiz.

Support Abteilung Kultur des Kantons Zürich, Stadt Zürich Kultur, Pro Helvetia, Fondation Ernst Göhner im Rahmen des Veranstalterfonds von Reso – Tanznetzwerk Schweiz.
Tabea Martin wird unterstützt durch PRAIRIE-Migros Kulturprozent.

Booking contact Larissa Bizer, Bâle,


Point Favre
Av. François-Adolphe-Grison 6, 1225 Chêne-Bourg
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2.2.2017, 10:00—11:00
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2.2.2017, 14:00—15:00
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3.2.2017, 10:00—11:00
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3.2.2017, 14:00—15:00
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4.2.2017, 11:00—12:00
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