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

Rudi van der Merwe


Beatrix Gyenes

In a meadow, three furies in sumptuous baroque dress advance towards the audience, who are able to observe their macabre dance from a safe distance. They think that the wooden fence which splits the meadow – the setting for this site-specific piece – affords them protection. So, how will they react when the dancers turn this landscape into a battlefield? Accompanied by the sound of cannon fire (live percussion provided by Béatrice Graf), Trophée is, in fact, a war play. Initially devised to be performed on a firing range, the great repository of Swiss mythology, this choreographical crusade addresses man and his need to demarcate, possess, tame and exploit nature.  This incredible staging of man’s relationship with the world and his fellow humans is a rallying call to stop reducing Nature to nothing more than a vulgar trophy.


Rudi van der Merwe studied dance and drama in his native South Africa. In 2002, after graduating from Strasbourg University (modern literature and cinema studies), he took part in ex.e.r.ce, a training programme given under the direction of Mathilde Monnier in Montpellier. As well as dancing in works by Gilles Jobin and Cindy Van Acker, he set up his own company Skree Wolf (‘cry wolf’ in Afrikaans) in Geneva in 2010. He regularly performs at la Bâtie, the adc and the Festival Antigel.

Further productions available for touring

Buzz Riot, 2016, 2 Performer, 10 x 10 m, 50 min


Conception Rudi van der Merwe und Béatrice Graf

Choreography Rudi van der Merwe

in collaboration with Susana Panadés Diaz, József Trefeli

Performers Claire-Marie Ricarte, József Trefeli, Rudi van der Merwe

Music Béatrice Graf

Collaboration stage design Victor Roy

Collaboration costumes Kata Tòth

Administration Laure Chapel

Production Skree Wolf

Coproduction Festival Antigel

Support Republik und Kanton Genf

Diffusion Gábor Varga,


Excursion to Genevan countryside, urators only
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4.2.2017, 10:00—10:40
Excursion to Genevan countryside, urators only