Our Offices & Partners Abroad

Cécile © Mathilda Olmi
Performing Arts

Sélection Suisse en Avignon 2023

We are excited to announce the program of this year’s «Sélection Suisse en Avignon» 2023 – the first time under the artistic direction of Esther Welger-Barboza. You can experience an exceptional number of curated Swiss stage productions at the Festival d’Avignon OFF, taking place from 8 – 23 July 2023. The Festival d’Avignon (from 7 to 26 July …

© Monika Truong
Performing Arts

Swiss Connection UK: Residencies 2023

Residencies – online or on site – at four different institutions in the United Kingdom: Fierce Festival Birmingham, Royal Court London, Brixton House London, HOME Manchester. During the Covid pandemic, Pro Helvetia organised online residencies for Swiss arts practitioners at various theatres and festivals in the United Kingdom. The offer was met with great interest …

Illustration «Compass» © Mirjana Farkas
Performing Arts

Call for applications «COMPASS»

With COMPASS, Pro Helvetia aims to support emerging companies with initial guest performance experience in developing strategies and work structures for their international touring activities. There are numerous platforms in Switzerland for initial or short productions by emerging companies, or for participation in national residency or touring programmes. At an international level, however, emerging companies …

Performing Arts

Swiss Focus at La Biennale de Toulouse

Seventeen dance, theatre, circus and performance projects by Swiss arts companies will be on show in Toulouse from 29 September to 15 October 2022. The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is supporting the presentation of these guest performances and thus further strengthening the visibility and international dissemination of Swiss performing arts. Initiated in 2019 by …

Guide to Surviving Masculinist Territory (Pintozor)
Performing Arts

Swiss Selection Edinburgh 2022

With «Swiss Selection Edinburgh», we enable selected Swiss groups and artists to present their works at The Fringe festival in Edinburgh, the most important performing arts festival in the Anglo-Saxon world. This showcase will include spanning real life experiences of motherhood, a fascinating study into the dark world of ‘incels’ and personal testimonies of shame. …

Performing Arts

Sélection suisse en Avignon 2022

The Festival d’Avignon (from 7 to 26 July 2022) is one of the leading festivals worldwide for performing arts and attracts a large number of visitors each year, including numerous event organisers and festival managers. Since 2016, «Sélection suisse en Avignon» has been sending a curated selection of Swiss stage productions to the Festival d’Avignon …

Global Network & International Affairs

Selected Projects: «To-gather»

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has selected 31 projects to support the development and testing of new frameworks and methodologies for working internationally as part of the «To-gather» international collaboration. For the first time, «To-gather» supports 2–3-year collaborations between arts practitioners, cultural organisations and institutions in Switzerland and their counterparts in the regions of …

Impulse Theaterfestival 2019 © Robin Junicke
Performing Arts

Networking at the Impulse Theater Festival

The Impulse Theater Festival in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Cologne und Düsseldorf is one of the most important platforms for independent theatre in the German-speaking area. Each year, NRW KULTURsekretariat‘s Impulse Festival presents exemplary works that have been produced outside the traditional system of city theatres and that test, question and expend the medium of …

Performing Arts

Retrospective «ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival»

This year’s «ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival» with its focus on Switzerland featured 14 Swiss dance productions that, supported by Pro Helvetia, presented contemporary Swiss dance in all its variety. We present three groups in the video below. Also featured are two participants from the ATLAS workshop and research programme for emerging artists. By …

Collage Swiss Selection Edinburgh: Ntando Cele, Alan Alpenfelt, Trân Tran © Pro Helvetia
Performing Arts

Swiss Selection Live in London 2022

After a second year of being unable to present live work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the artists selected for 2021 will now showcase their work in front of an audience at Brixton House Theatre in London. Discover the «Swiss Selection Live» with Ntando Cele, Trân Tran and Alan Alpenfelt in the video or live on site in London from …

Ruth Childs / Scarlett’s (CH/US): fantasia; [8:tension] Young Choreographers’ Series © Marie Magnin
Performing Arts

14 Swiss dance productions live in Vienna

The Swiss dance scene has been selected as a special focus of this summer’s ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival. This represents a great tribute from one of the world’s most important festivals for contemporary dance and performance. After having been postponed last year owing to the pandemic, this year’s edition is due to run …

Compagnia Finzi Pasca, «Per Te» © Viviana Cangialosi
Performing Arts

Funding agreements with independent performing arts groups

Several Swiss cities and cantons and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia have awarded «Cooperative Funding Agreements» to 13 performing arts groups for the 2021–2023 period. «Cooperative Funding Agreements» are a joint funding instrument of the cities, cantons and Pro Helvetia. Established in 2006 and continuously developed since, this targeted measure significantly consolidates the working …

Performing Arts, The Arts Council

Research Contributions Dance & Theatre

Over the past months, as a result of the rapidly changing situation with Covid-19, international groups had to adapt and revise their projects over and over again. Meanwhile, it has become apparent that cultural practitioners will have to and also want to change their ways of working in the medium and long term. Therefore, Pro …