16:00—16:45 Public

Tanzhaus Zürich, Bühne 2

Mélissa Guex


© Julie Folly / Julie Evard

Locked into the highest chamber of the highest tower, Princess Rapunzel waits for a prince to come and save her. Impatiently, she spends her days caring for her long blond hair. Thus the classical story. In her radical stage performance «Rapunzel», Mélissa Guex undermines the iconic dimension of this fairy-tale figure. In order to deconstruct the cliché of the beautiful captive waiting passively and without recourse for her prince, she moves Rapunzel into her tower’s underworld. In this version, Rapunzel is neither a young girl in distress nor a tender virgin, but a figure in a trashy punk one-woman show who emancipates herself from her static fate. With her contemporary and feminist version of Rapunzel, Mélissa Guex thus attacks normative ideas and clichés of femininity which are rooted in the collective western imagination.

From 12 years and over

TRIGGER WARNING: Strobe lights and high-pitched sounds are used in this performance.


Mélissa Guex is a dancer and choreographer from Lausanne. From 2013 to 2015 she studied movement theatre at the Lassaad School in Brussels and participated in various dance workshops. Afterwards, she completed a bachelor in contemporary dance at the Manufacture – Haute école des arts de la scène in Lausanne. After her studies, Mélissa was artist-in-residence at the Théâtre Sévelin 36 and has produced several short pieces since. Her next piece will be performed at the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne in 2024.


Other productions available for touring

DOWN - full album (2024), DOWN - single version (2023)


Concept & choreography Mélissa Guex in collaboration with the artistic team

Performance Mélissa Guex

Music design Charlotte Vuissoz

Stage design Lucie Meyer

Light Designer Justine Bouillet

Dramaturgical accompaniment Selina Beghetto

Administration, production & diffusion Milena Pellegrini, Amandine Bula

Production Compagnie SUMO

Coproduction Théâtre Sévelin 36

Supported by City of Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, SSA Bourse pour chorégraphe émergent·e, Loterie Romande, PREMIO – Prix d’encouragement pour les arts de la scène, Pro Helvetia, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Pour-cent culturel Migros, Fondation Suisse des interprètes, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art.

Project accompanied by Danse & Dramaturgie (D&D CH), an initiative of Théâtre Sévelin 36 Lausanne, in partnership with Dampfzentrale Bern, ROXY Birsfelden, Südpol Luzern, Tanzhaus Zürich, TU–Théâtre de l’Usine Genève, finances by par Pro Helvetia and SSA Société Suisse des Auteurs.

Website www.melissaguex.com (in progress)


Tanzhaus Zürich, Bühne 2
Wasserwerkstrasse 129, 8037 Zürich
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