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

Cie 7273/Laurence Yadi, Nicolas Cantillon


Gregory Batardon

For the first time since Compagnie 7273 was created, Laurence Yadi performs alone on stage. Charged with her personal story, she invites the audience to join her in a world that re-transcribes a palette of emotions normally kept private. Almost immobile yet madly intense, a captivating dance unfolds in which a trembling undulation rises up and finally takes over her entire body. With her magnetic presence and performance Laurence Yadi explodes on the scene, to music that oscillates between metallic noise, Oriental intonations and African pulsations. Critically acclaimed during the last edition of La Bâtie Festival in Geneva for its choreographic force, Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon continue to deepen their practice, which focuses on one continuous, infinite movement that sculpts the body into a trance and reveals as much about the intimate as the universal.


Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon Since the creation of Compagnie 7273 (Geneva, 2003) the two choreographers have developed a style of dance that invites the body into an endless undulation. Their approach is inspired by the maqams of Arabic music, in which, the quartertones - as opposed to the occidental tonal system - allow one to play between the notes and permit increased freedom. Named «Multi styles FuittFuitt» by the two choreographers, the transposition of this musical technique onto the body allows movements to be woven together into a hypnotic dance that spirals and undulates. Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon received the Art Prize from the Liechti Foundation (2006) and the Swiss Prize for Dance and Choreography (2011).


Choreography Laurence Yadi, Nicolas Cantillon

Performance Laurence Yadi

Light design Ursula Degen

Sound Thierry Simonot

Music Maurice Louca

Costumes Laurence Yadi

Production Cie 7273

Coproduction La Bâtie - Festival de Genève, La Marmite

Support The creation of TODAY is supported by Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd, the City of Geneva, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.

Studios for rehearsals Studios de la Ville de Genève - Maison des Arts du Grütli.


L'Octogone Théâtre de Pully
Av. de Lavaux 41, 1009 Pully
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7.2.2019, 19:00—19:40
L'Octogone Théâtre de Pully
9.2.2019, 15:00—15:40
L'Octogone Théâtre de Pully