PREMIO is an award granted as the result of a competition. Each year, it offers young theatre and dance practitioners a platform on which they can present their productions to independent theatres and festivals and also forge important contacts. The aim of PREMIO, which is jointly financed by Pro Helvetia, Migros-Kulturprozent and the Ernst Göhner foundation, is to promote young theatre and dance companies and bring them into contact with one another.
All eight projects shown in the semi-final will be offered possibilities to be staged with the support of PREMIO. This opens up touring opportunities and ensures that exciting new productions by young companies can be discovered by audiences at various venues in Switzerland throughout the entire season.
Theatre and dance companies domiciled and working in Switzerland as well as individual performing arts practitioners can apply online via the PREMIO website. Responsibility for the selection procedure, comprising choice of dossiers, semi-final and final, lies with representatives of currently 40 relevant Swiss institutions – theatre and dance houses, festivals and theatre academies.
(Photo: Eric Philippoz «Laisser les piolets au bas de la paroi» © Pénélope Henriod)