Cancellation of Swiss Dance Days, February 3-7, 2021

Possible Postponement to 2022

It is with great regret that we are forced to announce that the current coronavirus situation does not permit us to hold the Swiss Dance Days in Basel from February 3-7, 2021 in a meaningful way. Instead, the partners are considering postponing the event by a year, to February 2022.

 

Extremely limited audience numbers, even the threat of closure of all cultural institutions make it impossible for our partners in Basel – junges theater basel, Kaserne Basel, ROXY Birsfelden, neuestheater.ch Dornach, Theater Basel and Vorstadttheater Basel – to plan with confidence. High numbers of infection in Switzerland and international travel restrictions will keep international programmers and presenters from traveling to Basel, which makes one main purpose of this special festival impossible to attain.

 

The goal of the Swiss Dance Days is to help outstanding new and independent Swiss dance productions find engagements at international festivals and theatres. Much of the festival is designed to facilitate personal exchange between artists and programmers, to support international and national networking and thereby enable Swiss dance productions to tour more extensively and achieve greater dissemination. There will be no online version of the festival. Just like networking, dance requires physical encounters and three-dimensionality.

 

We will post more information here as soon as it becomes available.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

 

Should you be interested in contacting any of the artists featured in the final selection directly, we will be happy to help. Please contact us by emailing info@swissdancedays.ch.

The Final Selection is Complete!

Twelve Companies Invited to the Swiss Dance Days from February 3 to 7, 2021

The Swiss Dance Days will showcase high-class Swiss dance creations of the past two years for the eleventh time – over a condensed period of five days. Finally, the selection of companies has been made. We look forward to welcoming dynamic, humorous and compelling physical studies as well as works exploring questions of sexual identity and gender. The programme is also notable for several autobiographical works full of joyful playing and the courage to question virtuosity. Finally, we are pleased to have several newcomers among the selection.

 

Congrats to:

 

The jury has viewed and discussed 146 dance pieces premiered during the past two seasons. The jury member Foofwa d’Imobilité, a choreographer long established in Geneva, has been given carte blanche to create the piece «Voyage».

The 11th edition of the Swiss Dance Days takes place in Basel from February 3 – 7, 2021!

 

After numerous cancellations of summer festivals and dance performances due to the coronavirus, we are happy to announce the next edition of the Swiss Dance Days, which will take place as planned in February 2021. We are convinced that it is more important than ever to initiate exchange beyond borders and to celebrate the immediate expressive power of live dance on stage together. Therefore, we are delighted to welcome you to this international gathering of programmers.

 

For the 2021 Swiss Dance Days, theatres from the Basel region are working together with Reso – Swiss Dance Network, jointly presenting the biennial platform for Swiss dance. Since October 2019, the national jury, which includes a wide range of experts, has been viewing dance pieces performed throughout Switzerland which were created during the past two seasons, aiming to present an intriguing programme of ten to fifteen pieces to a regional, national and international audience in February 2021. The Final Selection will be announced in October 2020.

 

Apart from the jury programme, the partners in Basel – junges theater basel, Kaserne Basel, ROXY Birsfelden, neuestheater.ch in Dornach, Theater Basel, Vorstadttheater Basel and the Théâtre La Coupole in Saint-Louis (FR) – are planning to present a focus on “Dance for Young Audiences” for the first time. Furthermore, the popular «Salons d’artistes» will take place, enabling particularly younger Swiss choreographers to introduce their works to programmers from Switzerland and abroad.

 

The jury 2021 is selected and has started its mission for the «Final Selection»:

- Dr. Adriana Almeida Pees, Artistic Director and Curator Dance, Theater Freiburg
- Selina Beghetto, Dramaturge, Lucerne
- Rares Donca, Director, L’Abri, Geneva
- Foofwa d’Imobilité, Choreographer, Geneva (with a Carte Blanche)
- Sandro Lunin, Artistic Director, Kaserne Basel

 

Over the course of a year, the jury members screen all new dance productions from all over Switzerland and select a range of varied, high-quality pieces for the Swiss Dance Days programme, providing an insight into Swiss choreographic creation.