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Successful Swiss Dance Days in Basel!

What seemed absurd two months ago actually happened, and was a success! The risk was high, but the Swiss Dance Days actually took place on our partners’ stages: the Kaserne, Theater Basel, junges theater basel, Neues Theater, Vorstadttheater, Roxy, Theater Tempus Fugit and Humbug. In total: this meant 21 shows, most of them sold out, and almost 3500 visitors, an atmosphere of joyful anticipation and intriguing discussions surrounding the events!


We braved the weather as much as the omicron variant, raising glasses of mulled wine and filling theatres. We welcomed and hosted just over 150 national and international presenters in Basel, concentrating on our core mission: making dance and performance events happen, and facilitating their touring in Switzerland and abroad. This also means that many regioal visitors attended the shows. We accomplished showcasing twelve pieces selected by a jury – the Final Selection – and eight artists working in Switzerland who presented their work at the Salons d’artistes. With a heavy heart, we had to forego the parties, so as to make the remaining events as safe as possible.  All this gives us optimism for the dramatic arts and dance in particular.


The side events focused on the younger audience in a well-attended panel discussion. There was also a network meeting hosted by the cultural departments of the Cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, with the goal of overcoming triregional borders. Finally, the format of international dance platforms was reflected upon – together with performing artists, Pro Helvetia and presenters from Switzerland and abroad. Conclusions from this event and their impact on the next edition of the Swiss Dance Days will be communicated at a later date.


Parties cancelled / Fires installed

We have not got cold feet so far, but rely on warm clothes and warming drinks from the fire. In short: we stick to the realization of the Swiss Dance Days on the planned dates. With a heavy heart, we will forego the parties in favor of the shows, in the hope that dancing on stage will be less of an obstacle. We have moved the opening aperitif outside, there and after the late shows of Cie des Marmots & Collectif Ouinch Ouinch we will install fireplaces and warm drinks. Short-term program changes will be communicated here continuously.

The tickets are now available online!

Were we go! For the opening with Marco Berrettini’s «Sorry, do the tour. Again!»  there are still tickets left. We can’t wait to see you in Basel!

Tickets are available online at seetickets.ch and from all ‘See Tickets’ ticket offices. Any leftover tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis at the venue on the night. Unfortunately, we cannot accept reservations.



All events of the Swiss Dance Days take place using the Covid Certificate (CH & EU). Due to the decisions of the Federal Council of 17.12., the 2G regulation now applies - admitting those who are vaccinated or recovered. Facemasks must be worn throughout all events. We explicitly ask those displaying any symptoms of illness not to attend the events. Our measures against Covid-19 are updated regularly and adapted to the current restrictions and official rules.

Information on the certificate (domestic and international): here

Information for international travellers: here

New cancellation rules

Our partners in Basel conferred yesterday and decided to stick with the plan of holding the Swiss Dance Days from February 2-6, 2022 as a real-life event. Numerous national and international presenters already registered during our Early-Bird phase. Starting immediately, you can take advantage of our Late-Bird offer: you can still benefit from discounted room rates at our partner hotel! The offer is valid until the contingent underwritten by Pro Helvetia is used up. We recommend registering immediately and booking your hotel and tickets!


New cancellation rules: due to the uncertain Covid situation regarding international travel, we have extended the deadline for free-of-charge cancellations of hotel reservations and tickets to January 19, 2022. If you need to cancel, please contact Oliver Roth: info@swissdancedays.ch.

Start of ticket sales for presenters!

We look forward to welcoming you to Basel from the 2 - 6 February 2022.
National and international presenters can register now and book tickets for a special rate as well as the hotel accommodation. We also offer tours that allow you to watch the entire Final Selection of the Swiss Dance Days within four days. The Early Bird offer runs until 12.12.2021. After that we offer a Late Bird price for interested presenters. Regular tickets go on sale on the on 10.1.2022. You can find more information in the «Presenters' Corner».

Swiss Dance Days 2022 – Save the Date


In 2021 the Swiss Dance Days had to be cancelled due to the Covid pandemic. We are all the more pleased to announce that the next Swiss Dance Days will take place from February 2 to 6, 2022, once again in Basel. This international platform of Swiss dance will be organized by the following partners: junges theater basel, Kaserne Basel, ROXY Birsfelden, Neues Theater, Theater Basel, Vorstadttheater Basel and Reso –Dance Network Switzerland.


Among approximately 150 pieces premiered since 2019, the jury has selected twelve remarkable Swiss dance productions. We look forward to 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. Discover the jury’s program now!


Professional attendees and presenters may register for the Swiss Dance Days from November 2021 onwards, benefitting from reduced admission and accommodation at our partner hotel Stücki, which we are able to offer thanks to the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia. Subscribe to our newsletter for presenters in English!


We thank our supporters and foundations, particularly Pro Helvetia, Swisslos-Fonds Basel-Stadt, Swisslos-Fonds Basel-Landschaft, Swisslos-Fonds Solothurn, the Ernst Göhner Foundation and Migros Kulturprozent, whose generosity enabled us to pay out the dance companies’ fees for the cancelled 2021 edition.

Meet the artists at Cinars Web

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

Possible new edition in 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 a new edition in 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.