The kulturerbe, tanz! project aims to utilise the national platform to increase the visibility and vitality of the cultural heritage of dance. The focus is on the communication of historical dance knowledge by professional dancers and the cultural participation of non-professional dancers in the artistic stage dance. The festival is held annually in a different Swiss city: 2019 Lucerne, 2022 Visp and Bern, 2023 Délemont. The dance groups are selected by a jury of experts from throughout Switzerland.

Supporting programme:
The jury has once again selected a wide variety of dance techniques and historical assignments, regions and dance groups. Two calls for entries have brought together eight dance groups from five regions. More than 80 dancers, under the direction of renowned choreographers, have explored dance works that date from 1913 to 2009. The plan is to now present eight short pieces each no longer than 12 to 15 minutes in duration. Two workshops by renowned Swiss choreographers (Christian Mattis, Tiziana Arnaboldi) will be offered to everyone without pre-registration and free of charge. Choreographer Tiziana Arnaboldi kicks things off with Danza e mistero All the dance works on show as well as the Dance, cultural heritage! project and festival make up an exhibition in the foyer.

with:
Milena Baiutti, Petr Nedbal, Anne Brunner, Anna Hochuli, Rahel Manz, Linda Massimi, Ott Jaël, Deva Patruno, Fabienne Spengler, Emily Troxler, Charlotte Arn, Anna Bellorini, Meret Eymann, Lia Füllemann, Philine Holler, Joya Klingenberg, Valentina Lörtscher, Isabelle Mösch, Sheang-li Pong, Célestine Quartier, Morgan Roux, Meret Schefer, Julia Wechsler, Sarah Wechsler, Mia Wüthrich, Barbara Haeni, Heinz Schmid, Maya Benz, Sarah Leucci, Laura Pestrin, Christina Cannata, Maureen Disteli, Noemi Kämpf, Tracy Mbwoge, Noemi Meyer, Tiziana Neswadba, Mireille von Arx, Tamara Wagner, Angela Galmarini, Mia Ostinelli, Sophie Papais, Lavinia Pedrini, Arianna Tosi, Gaia Grigorov, Myriam Perrottet, Anna Kiskanc (Originalmusik und Gesang), Deliah Venetz, Emma Juon, Noëlle Schaller, Leonie Bayard, Gwen Holzer, Aline Zeiter, Nathalie Zurbriggen, Nathalia Elsig, Jeannette Salzmann, Gloria Benitez, Elena Betrisey, Sarah Dos Santos, Ambre Dresselaers, Joëlle Dubuis, Elisa Gaspoz, Noa Lugon Moulin, Naïka Mathieu, Océane Seppey, Sherine Seppey, Sandrine Studer, Desirée Abgottspon, Eline De Puydt, Jana Dahmen, Sonja Metzenbauer, Sarah Schnyder, Janina Ziegler.

In the order of performance:

In front of the theatre:

urbanthropus, premiere 1989, Zurich
Dance technique: Site specific
Choreography/Coaching: Brigitte Meuwly & Antonio Bühler, Givisiez
Re-interpretation with the dance group ORA collective
Project management: Anja Leber, Bern

On the stage:

Concerto para Bandoneon, premiere 2000, Stadttheater Bern
Dance technique: Tango contemporary dance
Choreography/Coaching: Félix Duméril, Bern
Re-interpretation with the dance group cie.encore1x
Project management: Nicole Voyat, Bern

In der grünen Ecke des Kreises, premiere 2007, Zentrum Paul Klee Bern
Dance technique: Contemporary with reconstruction fragments from the Bauhaus era
Choreography/Coaching: Karin Hermes, Bern
Re-interpretation with the dance group Junges Ensemble hermesdance
Project management: Julia Wechsler, Bern

Schnälli Schue, premiere 1989, Stadttheater Bern
Dance technique: Physical dance theatre
Choreography/Coaching: Christian Mattis, Bern
Re-interpretation with the dance group Tanzpart
Project management: Ursula Berger, Olten

Istars Höllenfahrt, premiere 1913, Monte Verità, Ascona
Dance technique: German expressive dance
source Rudolph Laban’s Das Leben eines Tänzers, 1935, Berlin
Reconstruction/Coaching: Nunzia Tirelli, Mendrisio
Re-interpretation with the dance group Quantic Movement Youth Collective
Project management: Mattia Cantoni, Lugano

20-minute BREAK

Dune aube à lautre, premiere 1999, Théâtre de la Ville, la Chaux-de-Fonds
Dance technique: Neo-classic
Choreography/Coaching: Etienne Frey, Genf
Re-interpretation with the dance group Arabesque
Project management: Emmanuelle Derivaz, Sitten 

Siamese, premiere 1993, Volkshaus Biel
Choreography/Coaching: Kurt Dreyer, Luzern
Re-interpretation with the dance group A+O Tanz
Project management: Jeannette Salzmann, Brig

walking me, premiere 2009, Kaserne Basel
Dance technique: Contemporary urban dance
Choreography/Coaching: Béatrice Goetz, Basel
Re-interpretation with the dance group Sosta Tanzzentrum
Project management: Sosta Tanzzentrum, Leuk

Credits

Team
Leitung Projekt und Festival Thomas Péronnet
Präsidium Verein und Leitung Jury Mona de Weerdt
Licht und Technik Daniel Tschanz
Festivalregie Marco Volta und Dina Sennhauser
Film Klaus Ehret, Fotografie Sabine Burger
Unterstützung Ausstellung: Béatrice Diel, Margrit Bischof