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

Adina Secretan / La Section Lopez


Sylvain Chabloz

Inspired by the philosopher Gaston Bachelard, who believed that space is lived in with all the partiality of the imagination, Adina Secretan envisaged this piece for silent bodies and projected texts as a sensorial and analytical journey. Part manifesto, part punk performance, part multimedia show, Place addresses issues such as the gentrification of cities, the closing of borders, the personal space that each one of us occupies in both our working and social lives. However, the end effect is not a feeling of powerlessness; quite the opposite. In this militant piece, the performers chose the path of poetic resistance. They cast off their metaphorical shackles by displacing the tiles covering the performance area. Together, they draw the boundaries of a potential new territory, ultimately finding happiness in the creation of a space that is both personal and shared.


Adina Secretan studied performing arts at the Geneva Conservatory and with the Marchepied collective in Lausanne. The Geneva-born choreographer, director, dancer, writer and mediator has embarked on an artistic and militant quest in search of our right to the city and to space. As well as creating her own works, she collaborates closely with female performers from Israel, France and Greece, exploring themes such as eroticism and otherness.


Fri 3 14h - English version
Sat 4 17h - French version

Further productions available for touring

(To) come and see, 2015, 4 Performer, 90 min
Black Buvette, 2016, 6 Performer


Direction and Authorship Adina Secretan

Dramaturgy Anne-Laure Sahy

Performers Marie-Aude Guignard, Louise Hanmer, Anne-Laure Sahy, Olivia Csiky Trnka, Louis Bonard

Sound design Benoît Moreau

Stage and light design Florian Leduc

Assistant stage design Pauline Brun

Sound and light technician Félix Bataillon

Photography Sylvain Chabloz

Coproduction Arsenic-centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne, Théâtre de l’Usine, Genf, Bâtard Festival, Bruxelles, Théâtre ABC, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Bâtard festival, Bruxelles, Swiss Dance Days.

Support Stadt Lausanne, Loterie Romande, Fondation Ernst Göhner, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, Pour-cent culturel Migros, Pro Helvetia, Corodis, Fondation Suisse des artistes interprètes.

Booking contact Anne-Laure Sahy / rue#917, Berlin - Lausanne,


Théâtre Pitoëff
Rue de Carouge 52, 1205 Genève
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3.2.2017, 14:00—15:15
Théâtre Pitoëff
4.2.2017, 17:00—18:15
Théâtre Pitoëff