Zurich’s Dance Festival

Doors open next week – welcoming international artists and cutting edge performances – 4-6 May

Zurich opens doors to ‘ZÜRICH TANZT’, a city-wide Dance festival taking place from 4 to 6 May 2018. In its 6th year, ZÜRICH TANZT continues to bring the best of contemporary dance practices and innovations from around the world to Zurich. For three days, Zurich becomes a dance destination and a stage for leading dance professionals to showcase original pieces of work alongside a full programme of dance courses for everyone to experience and engage with.

This year, ZÜRICH TANZT is proud to welcome leading international dance artists such as Delréves (Spain) and Benjamin Vandervalle (Begium). For the previous editions, the festival has also welcomed Anne Collod (France), Jérôme Bel (France), Alexandra Bachzetsis (Switzerland) Francesca Foscarini and Roderick George (DE, USA). The programme includes guided «Walks through the city», performances, parties, surprising acts and over 160 crash courses introducing a variety of dance styles, ranging from ballet to break dance, and from Flamenco to Charleston and Acro Yoga.

ZÜRICH TANZT is not only a contemporary platform that promotes dance innovation thanks to its network of cutting edge choreographers and dance makers, but it also brings the benefits of dance to the local community, in the city’s familiar and less familiar spaces such as Tanzhaus Zürich, Kosmos and Cabaret Voltaire. This year, coinciding with the 500th of the Zurich reformation, the festival promotes the freedom of movement by taking over Zurich’s main station and turning it to a dance floor on Saturday evening, inviting the public to explore the joy of movement and the benefits of dancing.

Apart from the artistic intervention of urban spaces, dance is presented in more different contexts and forms. ’Hallo’, the film by Chorographer Martin Zimmermann tells the story of the theatre visitor; ‘Me Time!’ by Oliver Roth is an interactive performance around the celebration of birthdays inviting the crowd to participate, while ‘Homies’ by Asphalt Piloten, takes place in an apartment and touches upon issues of privacy. Other highlights this year include ‘Strictly come and Jam’, bringing together different music styles while local actors perform a musical in danceable way. The programme is also focusing on current themes as ‘Freedom of Movement’ by Martin Schick in Tanzhaus Zurich touches upon issues of migration and Swiss dancers respond to what asylum seekers question.

After five successful editions, ZÜRICH TANZT keeps on growing steadily, putting the city of Zurich in the global cultural map. The festival’s rich programme and outreach aims to create awareness about the value of dance in our everyday life and wellbeing. It also facilitates a dialogue about the role dance plays in a professional, social as well as personal level, by engaging with all different audiences, dance styles and city spaces. Last year, the festival welcomed more than 18,000 visitors and presented performances in more than 30 different spaces throughout the city.

ZÜRICH TANZT is supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, VBZ, Starticket, Tages-Anzeiger, Freitag, Focus Water and many more partners.