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Switzerland moves

Die Schweiz bewegt

Switzerland moves

Die Schweiz bewegt

Switzerland moves

100 years of dance in Switzerland

This short film on the history of dance in Switzerland was produced to accompany the launch of the Swiss Dance Awards. Every second year since 2012, the Federal Office of Culture has presented dance awards in various categories, while in the alternate years it has honoured projects on Switzerland’s dance heritage, to raise awareness of and promote the nation’s rich cultural history in this area. Full details of the awards and the Dance as Cultural Heritage support programme can be found at

For this eight-minute film, choreographer Karin Hermes brought together material from numerous historical documents and works by current Swiss dance practitioners to create an exciting visual portrait of 100 years of Swiss dance history, featuring internationally renowned greats from the past such as Mary Wigman, Kurt Jooss and Sigurd Leeder, who developed modern dance in the early 20th century on Monte Verità, alongside leading contemporary figures in the Swiss scene including Anna Huber, Thomas Hauert, Gilles Jobin, Philippe Saire and Nicole Seiler.

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Hermes, Karin

Karin Hermes (born 1966) is a choreographer, dancer, dance coach and specialist  for dance notation. She trained as dancer at the Ballettakademie Zürich  and the School of American Ballet in New York. She studied dance  pedagogy, movement analysis and notation at the Hochschule für Musik und  Tanz Köln and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de  Danse de Paris, where she was awarded a “1er prix” in core area  reconstruction for her “Cycle de Perfectionnement”. She has created  choreographies for numerous dance-theatre productions and has  experimented with various working techniques in dealing with historical  dance works. 2005 and 2008 she was guest artist at the Centre National  de la Danse Pantin/Paris. She has been the Chair of the Interantional  Council of Kinetography Laban. Karin Hermes has realised numerous  projects in the area of dance mediation and is a lecturer in Berne as  well as a guest lecturer at various universities abroad.

Source: Swiss Dance Awards

La Suisse bouge / Switzerland moves

Artistic direction / Conception : Karin Hermes

Text : Stefanie Christ

Additionnal music : Mich Gerber, J.S. Bach, The Prodigy, Hughes de Courson, Ländlerquartett Landboden, Christian Vogel, Hofesh Shechter

Sound : Bruno Grünig

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Coproduction &

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