From 2 to 6 February 2021 in Basel, the 11th Swiss Dance Days had showcased the winning performances selected by the jury from almost 150 entries. Due to the pandemic the Swiss Dance Days of 2021 had to be cancelled, the selection (see archive) was retained and could be shown to a wide audience in 2022. The programme offered a snapshot of dynamic, humorous and powerful physical studies and autobiographical works full of performative joy and the courage to question virtuosity. A special focus is on several powerful works from the younger generation of Swiss choreographers.
Dr. Adriana Almeida Pees, Künstlerische Leiterin und Kuratorin Tanz, Theater Freiburg
Selina Beghetto, Dramaturgin, Luzern
Rares Donca, Leiter L’Abri, Genf
Foofwa d’Imobilité, Choreograf
Sandro Lunin, Künstlerischer Leiter, Kaserne Basel
Als einziger Künstler der Jury, verfügte Foofwa d’Imobilité über die Möglichkeit, ein eigenes Werk an den Swiss Dance Days zu zeigen.
Junges Theater Basel
Neues Theater Dornach
Teresa Vittucci, Colin Self
La PP / Romane Peytavin & Pierre Piton
Neopost Foofwa / Foofwa d’Imobilité
In Grand Écart, Kiyan Khoshoie reverts to the idiom of the one-man-show, stand-up comedy and solo performance. Located between dance and theatre, enthusiasm and sobering realization, this piece deals with physical boundaries, passion and creative leeway in artistic practice. In a lengthy, virtuoso and amusingly crafted stage version of a tracking shot, Kiyan Khoshoie examines his attitude toward his own profession on stage. A private, humorous and breath-taking insight into the life of a stage professional. The piece reminds us that dance, like any profession, is confronted with the difficulties of the professional world in general. A creative crisis staged with wonderfully comedic accents, which leaves us wanting more and more.
Kiyan Khoshoie trained as a dancer and performer at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. He has worked with companies such as It Dansa Barcelona, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and Maas Theater and Dans. He is also a performer and assistant to the Swiss choreographer Tabea Martin. In 2018, he started his collaboration with actress Charlotte Dumartheray for Grand Écart. Their new creation Kick Ball Change will be presented in October 2022 at the Grütli in Geneva. In 2021, he received a grant from the city of Geneva for his choreographic research Never Ouh Yeah Baby!.
Choreography, text and performance Kiyan Khoshoie
Direction Charlotte Dumartheray
Music Richard Van Kruysdijk
Choreography assistance Olive Lopez
Costumes Elodie Verdan
Light Design David Kretonic
Production Florence Chappuis - Emporte-pièces production
Administration Mélinda Quadir-Mathieu
Theater Tempus fugit
Adlergäßchen 13, 79539 Lörrach, Deutschland
Cie des Marmots & Collectif Ouinch Ouinch
Skree Wolf / Rudi van der Merwe
Cie Moost / Marc Oosterhoff
*Melk Prod. / Marco Berrettini
Jeremy Nedd & Impilo Mapantsula