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

Nicole Seiler

The Wanderers Peace

Catherine Vitte

In 1972, Beatrice Cordua, aka Trixie, caused a scandal when she appeared naked and all-powerful in the The Rite of Spring, choreographed by her own Pygmalion, John Neumeier, the current artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet. What became of this German dancer, lauded by her peers but virtually unknown to the wider public? To answer this question, Nicole Seiler has created a documentary piece based on audio and video archives, and includes the projection of unseen footage and texts. Seiler invites Beatrice Cordua to examine all of these biographical elements for herself. Ultimately, it is Cordua who interprets her memories, illuminates the stage through her uncompromising physical presence, and retraces her incredible journey with unadulterated pride. It is a search that is undertaken with great sensitivity and is a study both of Beatrice Cordua and the evolution of dance.


Zurich-born Nicole Seiler trained under Maurice Béjart in Lausanne. As a performer, she has worked with the likes of Philippe Saire, Omar Porras and Massimo Furlan. In 2002 she founded her own company, and in 2009 won the Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture Dance Award. In recent years, she has created a cycle of works that explore the relationship between sound and image. From this blend of dance and video emerge multimedia shows, videos and installations.


Performance in German, subtitled in English

Further productions available for touring

ISSHH(क), 2016, 7 Performer, 9 x 11 m, 60 min
Wilis, 2014, ohne Performer, lieu spécifique, 40 min
Shiver, 2014, 4 Performer, 12 x 10 m, 55 min
Small explosion with glass and repeat echo, 2012, 2 Performer, 8 x 8 m, 70 min
Un acte sérieux, 2012, 2 Performer, 7 x 8 m & 6 x 6 m, 40 min


Conception Nicole Seiler

Performer Beatrice Cordua

Stage design, technician Vincent Deblue

Costumes Madlaina Peer

Assistant costume Nina Langosch

Sound design Vincent Glanzmann, Stéphane Vecchione

Technical creation Jan Humbel

Casting Alexandra Paul

Administration Laurence Rochat

Diffusion Michaël Monney

Coproduction Cie Nicole Seiler, Transit Productions, Zürich

Support Stadt Lausanne, Kanton Jura, Pro Helvetia, Corodis.

Diffusion Michaël Monney, Lausanne,


Théâtre du Galpon
Route des Péniches 2, 1213 Petit-Lancy
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1.2.2017, 17:00—17:50
Théâtre du Galpon
2.2.2017, 15:30—14:20
Théâtre du Galpon
3.2.2017, 15:30—16:20
Théâtre du Galpon