Edition 2022

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

Kaserne Basel

ROXY Birsfelden

Neues Theater Dornach

Theater Basel

Vorstadttheater Basel

Final selection

Skree Wolf / Rudi van der Merwe

Lovers, Dogs and Rainbows

John Hogg

Half documentary, half dance performance, Lovers, Dogs and Rainbows is a fascinating journey of discovery into the Afrikaner childhood of Rudi van der Merwe. Between memories of sun-burnt earth, dogs, and sheep that were bred, shorn and killed, a socio-political reality emerges: the last years of apartheid, with daily life playing out between between violence and deceit for all those who were poor, black or gay, or simply weaker than their neighbour. A queer performance set to the strains of pop, baroque and electronic music, as well as Afrikaans, a language inherited from the Dutch settlers, the show is intense, touching, extraordinary, honest and beautiful. The piece speaks about roots, heritage, and identity, seeking ways in which to tie all of these issues together within a context of coexistence of different forms of life, culture and gender.


A native of South Africa, Rudi van der Merwe studied theatre and and French literature at the universities of Stellenbosch and Strasbourg, subsequently completing ex.e.r.ce at the CCN Montpellier. Since 2004 he was been working as a performer for Gilles Jobin, Cindy van Acker, Perrine Valli, among others, and collaborates regularly with József Trefeli and Béatrice Graf. To date he has created six works of his own and has completed courses in post-production and film studies in recent years.


Concept Rudi van der Merwe

Performance József Trefeli, Rudi van der Merwe

Costumes Kata Tóth, Rudi van der Merwe

Video Erika Irmler, Floreanne Schneuwly, Rudi van der Merwe

Administration Pâquis Production - Laure Chapel

Production SkreeWolf

Coproduction ADC de Genève, Théâtre du Grütli

Support Pro Helvetia


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3.2.2022, 17:00—17:55
Neues Theater
4.2.2022, 15:30—16:25
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