Pro Helvetia promotes Swiss dance, with a focus on diversity as well as on national and international appeal. It supports the creation of choreographic work, the dissemination of Swiss dance abroad, cultural exchange within Switzerland and audience outreach of dance. As a national institution, Pro Helvetia supplements the promotional activities of Swiss cantons and municipalities and supports only projects that are cross-regionally or internationally recognised. The emphasis is on projects that enable Swiss dance companies to tour more intensively in Switzerland and abroad.
To qualify for support from Pro Helvetia, a project must
- be clearly connected to Switzerland;
- be of nationwide importance;
- be publicly accessible;
- be adequately co-financed by other public or private sponsors (incl. publishers / event organisers).
Criteria fulfilled? Below you will find an overview of what our Dance division promotes.
What we support: Scope of promotion
Pro Helvetia supports the creation of new choreographies by means of contributions to:
- productions by independent dance companies from Switzerland;
- co-productions of foreign and independent Swiss dance companies.
A production is eligible for support only if at least three performances in Switzerland at cross-regionally renowned venues have already been confirmed. Revivals of productions are eligible for support if the choreography involved is particularly significant, if at least ten performances have been confirmed, and at least four years have passed since the same production was last staged.
Guest performances in Switzerland
Pro Helvetia supports guest performances by independent companies and institutional ensembles at nationally recognised venues and festivals in a linguistic region of Switzerland other than the company’s or ensemble’s own.
The Artists – Theatre – Organisers Association of Switzerland (ktv) provides support for domestic tours in the area of cabaret and variety shows (Kleinkunst) on behalf of Pro Helvetia: www.ktv.ch.
Guest performances abroad
Pro Helvetia supports guest performances by independent companies and institutional ensembles at internationally recognised venues and festivals providing appropriate financial conditions. Tours comprising several performances and cities are prioritised. The amount of support provided is measured against the travel and transport expenses involved. To raise the international competitiveness of independent dance and theatre groups, Pro Helvetia can grant an additional contribution for diffusion work in connection with tours in Europe.
Pro Helvetia assumes the hotel expenses of programme and event organisers from other linguistic regions in Switzerland or from abroad coming to view productions by independent Swiss dance companies.
Pro Helvetia supports touring managers of independent dance and theatre groups in their international networking at important festivals and other relevant events outside Switzerland by means of travel grants. To be eligible for such grants, the groups represented must receive regular support from Pro Helvetia. Touring managers of groups with a Cooperative funding agreement are not eligible. The amount of support provided is measured against the travel and accommodation costs.
Pro Helvetia fosters the international exchange of knowledge. Eligible for support are specialists who contribute to the content of public events outside of Switzerland on topics connected with Swiss dance. As a rule, the amount of support is measured against the travel expenses. The application is to be submitted by the event organiser.
Arts and audience projects
Pro Helvetia supports arts and audience projects in Switzerland that engage audiences in personal encounters with professional artistic creation and thereby heighten their awareness of artistic works and presentations. Projects can be considered for promotion if they contain an innovative approach to outreach and education in practice and therefore are of nationwide exemplary nature or if they focus on more than one linguistic region in Switzerland.
Pro Helvetia supports studio and research residencies of Swiss dance practitioners in, China, India (or other south Asian countries), Russia, Egypt (or other Arab countries) and Southern Africa.
Publications and translations
Pro Helvetia supports the publication of work by professionally qualified Swiss authors dealing with topics related to Swiss dance from a contemporary perspective.
Pro Helvetia also supports the translation of theme-based publications dealing with topics of Swiss dance from a contemporary perspective. The authors do not necessarily have to be Swiss.
Promotion of aspiring artists
Pro Helvetia supports aspiring artists primarily in collaboration with recognised institutions in Switzerland and abroad (production sites, festivals, art colleges, etc.). The promotion is aimed at choreographers with outstanding potential and prospects of a national or an international career. Aspiring choreographers are supported during the first five years of their professional artistic career either after they have obtained their artistic degree or following the first public presentation of their work. The upper age limit for support is 35. Only projects that are conducive to establishing the artist in a professional environment at national and international level are eligible for support.