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Promotion of up-and-coming young choreographers

Le Séminaire en Avignon

Festival d’Avignon

Launched jointly by the Avignon festival and Pro Helvetia in 2013, the «Séminaire en Avignon» offers up-and-coming young stage practitioners a platform for in-depth exchange in both theoretical and practical fields. Young artists from several countries are selected and given the possibility of participating in an intensive week of discovery in connection with contemporary artistic expression at the festival in Avignon. The programme enables participants – accompanied by a coach – to watch and discuss a wide variety of performances, to meet professional theatre practitioners from Europe and beyond, and to take part in debates with artists, critics and specialists of the performing arts who are attending the festival.

Selection process:

A call for applications aimed at candidates from Switzerland is published at the beginning of the year on Pro Helvetia’s website. Eligible are theatre practitioners aged 35 or under who are professionally active on an ongoing basis in Switzerland, either at an institutionalised theatre or in the independent scene.

Stage directors, actors, performers, stage designers and choreographers can apply provided they already have some experience in planning and implementing projects of their own. A good command of French is also required.

Artists supported so far in dance

Daniel Hellmann, Nina Willimann, Jessica Huber, Katy Hernan

(Photo: Festival d’Avignon © Christophe Raynaud de Lage)