09:30—13:00 Pro

Meeting point: Festival Centre (Stall 6)

Salons d’artistes

Muhammed Kaltuk, Ernestyna Orlowska, Catol Teixeira, Juliette Uzor

© Muriel Florence Rieben / Carolina Misztela / Eden Levi Am / Brigham Baker

In addition to the jury’s selected programme, further choreographers will offer insights into their work so far and future projects at the Salons d’artistes. The four presentations may take the form of a discussion or a performance, and will all take place on the morning of March 2. The programme is intended for national and international presenters and aims to inspire future cooperation. Since the successful launch of the format in Geneva in 2017, the Salons d’artistes have become a fixed part of the Swiss Dance Days in Lausanne and Basel.

The following choreographers will present their work at the Salons d'artistes in 2024:

Muhammed Kaltuk
Ernestyna Orlowska
Catol Teixeira
Juliette Uzor

The Salons d’artistes will take place on the morning of March 2, 2024.
Open to presenters only.
Registration required.

Meeting point is the Festival Centre (Stall 6), where the participants will be divided into groups and guided to the presentations in the Gessnerallee and ZHdK studios. There will be a break with coffee and croissants. The event is followed by lunch at 13:00 (with registration, self-pay).

Bio Muhammed Kaltuk

Muhammed Kaltuk was born in Switzerland and began his dance career with HipHop, choreography and dance before completing a degree at the Academy of Contemporary and Urban Stage Dance in Zurich. In 2017, he founded his Company MEK in order to give his art and creativity a strong framework. The company develops productions located between social dance, contemporary dance, HipHop culture and traditional dance. As an artist, Kaltuk is particularly keen on a contemporary and interdisciplinary practice of dance. With his political and socially critical voice, he and his Company MEK tour national and international stages. Apart from his company, he has choreographed works for theatre ensembles such as the Ballet Theater Basel, the Lucerne Theatre and the Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart.

Bio Ernestyna Orlowska

Ernestyna Orlowska, (*in Poland, living in Bern) has a background in visual arts and performance, creating stage pieces that bring together her sculptural practice with choreography. By means of her idiosyncratic aesthetics, her works challenge conventional perceptions of the human body by exploring its diverse realms of conflict and deconstructing societal norms. Her works are shown internationally in galleries, museums and prominent stages, such as Dampfzentrale Bern, Arsenic Lausanne, Theaterspektakel Zürich, Transeuropa Festival Hildesheim, Kunsthalle Basel, Buzz Cut Festival Glasgow, Ming Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Blackbox Teater Oslo, Teatergarasjen Bergen NO, Studio Galeria Warsaw, Kunstmuseum Thun etc. She is the winner of the Premio Award 2018 with her piece «BODIY». In 2023 she won the Äschlimann-Corti Scholarship and got nominated for the Swiss Art Awards.

Bio Catol Teixeira

Catol Teixeira performs and creates dances. Born in Porto Alegre (1993*), Brazil, they have lived and danced in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Salzburg, Berlin, and now Geneva. Before their formal education in dance, Catol has worked as a performer for dance and contemporary circus groups in Brazil. Catol holds a BA in contemporary dance from La Manufacture - Haute école des arts de la scène, Lausanne.
Catol’s work is a constant practice of time-space perception, searching for choreographic methods that challenges notions of what a body can be, that is a place of crossing and negotiating between organic, political, and cultural forces, a threshold of memories and a field of moving desires.
Their first solo work «La Peau Entre Les Doigts» deals with questions of orientation and gaze. Catol latest work «Clashes Licking», premiered in November 2022.

Bio Juliette Uzor

Juliette Uzor studied arts, arts education and art history at the Bern Academy of the Arts and at the Zurich Academy of Arts. She then took up studying contemporary dance at the Manufacture – Haute école des arts de la scène in Lausanne. Since graduating in 2019, she has worked with Elie Autin, Eleanor Bauer, Isabel Lewis, Natasza Gerlach, San Keller, Cosima Grand and others. She is currently working on various dance and theatre projects in Switzerland and abroad, showing her own works at the Tanzhaus, Gessnerallee and the Kunsthalle in Zurich as well as the Kunsthalle St. Gallen, the St. Gallen Museum of Arts, at the Ménagerie de Verre in Paris, the Basel Art Days and at various off-spaces. In 2020 she received a cultural award of the City of Zurich. In the summer of 2021, Juliette Uzor was part of the Performance Art Festival in Freetown, Sierra Leone. In 2022, Juliette Uzor was distinguished with a working grant from the Canton of St. Gallen. In 2023, she received the MANOR Art Prize in St. Gallen.


Meeting point: Festival Centre (Stall 6)
Gessnerallee 8, 8001 Zürich
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2.3.2024, 09:30—13:00
Meeting point: Festival Centre (Stall 6)