Edition 2019

From 6 to 9 February 2019 in Lausanne, the 10th Swiss Dance Days had showcased the winning performances selected by the jury from over 150 entries. The programme offered a snapshot of the trends that are currently inspiring Swiss choreographers and dancers.


Vincent Baudriller Director of the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Anneli Binder Managing co-director and artistic director of the dance & performance programme, Dampfzentrale Bern
Patrick de Rham Director of Arsenic – Centre d'art scénique contemporain, Lausanne
Catja Loepfe Director of the Tanzhaus Zurich
Philippe Saire Choreographer and artistic director of Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne
Stefano Tomassini Dance advisor at LIS/LAC Lugano and assistant professor at IUAV University, Venice
As the sole artist sitting on the jury, Philippe Saire will have the opportunity to present one of his own works during the Swiss Dance Days.


Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Arsenic - Centre d'art scénique contemporain
Théâtre Sévelin 36
L'Octogone - Théâtre de Pully
La Manufacture - Haute école des arts de la scène

Final selection

Yasmine Hugonnet

Se Sentir Vivant

Anne-Laure Lechat

What is speaking in us when we speak? How do we know that we are alive? Is it desire alone that keeps us standing? Or that inner voice with which we speak to ourselves? After «Récital Des Postures» and «La Traversée Des Langues», Yasmine Hugonnet continues her exploration of the close ties between language and the body, this time in the form of a solo. A song, a breath, a ventriloquist’s murmur – different responses to a wrist or pelvis that seem to move on their own. Voluble and powerful, Yasmine Hugonnet plays with the tension between the delicacy of the sound and the dramatic profundity of her explorations. Surfing on the border between producing and letting happen «Se Sentir Vivant» is the attentive introspection of the body’s different mobile intensities as well as the material nature of our relationship with our own self. An undulating narration unfolds, in which speech is fashioned, resounds and is made manifest in a dilated span of time.


Yasmine Hugonnet is a dancer, choreographer and ventriloquist. Her work explores the connections between sensation, form and image as well as the notion of gesture and presence related to the construction of choreographic language. Since 2010 she has created numerous pieces with her company Arts Mouvementés, based in Lausanne. «La Ronde/Quatuor» (2016) was presented during the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales in Seine-St-Denis, during the Venice Biennale and at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice. In 2017 she received the Swiss Dance Prize for «Le Récital des Postures». In 2018, she created «Chro no lo gi cal», a piece for 3 performers at Théâtre de Vidy, currently on tour.


Sa 9.2, 18h Broaden your perceptive capacities by following the workshop «Close your eyes» before the show.


Conception, choreography and performance Yasmine Hugonnet

Text Extract of the 1st Song of Inferno in Dante's Divine Comedy

Outside eyes Mathieu Bouvier, Michael Nick

Assistant Audrey Gaisan Doncel

Light and stage design Dominique Dardant

Sound operator Fréderic Morier

Original voicing research Stéphane Vecchione

Costumes Karine Dubois

Administration Cristina Martinoni, Morgane Akermann

Touring and production Jérôme Pique

Production Arts Mouvementés

Coproduction Arsenic - Centre d’art scénique contemporain

Support Canton de Vaud, Loterie Romande, Ville de Lausanne, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, Migros Vaud.

Residencies Arsenic - Centre d’art scénique contemporain - Lausanne, Théâtre Sévelin 36 - Lausanne, La Briqueterie - CDC du Val de Marne

Studios Centre Culturel Suisse (France) ; Centre National de la Danse (France); Ménagerie de Verre (France) ; Studio Le Regard du Cygne (France) ; Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (France) ; Théâtre Sévelin 36 (Suisse).


Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne Pavillon
Av. de Sévelin 36, 1004 Lausanne
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8.2.2019, 19:00—19:45
Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne Pavillon
9.2.2019, 20:30—21:15
Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne Pavillon