The Swiss Dance Days were founded in 1996. The event was modelled after the Rencontres chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris, a pioneering festival that has been dedicated to contemporary choreographic creation since 1969. The Swiss Dance Days made it their mission to create a platform for the promotion of the Swiss choreographic arts with the aim of helping the featured pieces tour abroad, but also with more frequency in Switzerland. Co-organised by Reso – Dance Network Switzerland since 2006, the unique event takes place every two years in a different Swiss city. Over a period of a few days, it shows remarkable dance pieces with artistic strength, originality and a unique language. These pieces have been created in the two years preceding each new edition. Geneva, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Lugano, Lucerne, Zurich: the Swiss Dance Days have taken place in many of Switzerland’s largest cities as well as in its three principal linguistic regions. The 11th edition will be held in Basel, a region that is home to an active and intriguing choreographic scene.