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 www.danceawards.ch.
For this eight-minute film, choreographer Karin Hermes brought together material from numerous historical documents and works by current Swiss dance practitioners to create an exciting visual portrait of 100 years of Swiss dance history, featuring internationally renowned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.
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
Mich Gerber, J.S. Bach, The Prodigy, Hughes de Courson, Ländlerquartett Landboden, Christian Vogel, Hofesh Shechter
Production / Coproduction of the video work
Coproduction www.hermesdance.com & www.pinkproductions.ch