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Swiss dance and theatre companies frequently go on tour abroad. To keep this practice alive, Pro Helvetia invests a lot in international promotion. At Tanzmesse Düsseldorf – a globally unique dance fair and exhibition – we are regularly present with a booth of our own. At the Avignon theatre festival, one of the most important get-togethers of the international theatre scene, we have launched a Swiss platform together with CORODIS (Commission romande de diffusion des spectacles). Called «Sélection Suisse en Avignon», it presents a curated pick of Swiss productions put together in collaboration with several renowned theatre companies.
There are numerous other places and times at which artists and curators from around the world gather and we take the opportunity to present some Swiss highlights. New York is a case in point, where a number of festivals take place simultaneously in January, attracting curators from around the globe. We also organise a showcase of the Swiss performing arts each year in a part of the world where there is little prior awareness of the Helvetic scene. Headed up by an external curator, it puts Swiss productions on some renowned theatre and dance stages. In 2016, for example, the Swiss scene is spotlighted in Shanghai, Macao, Beijing and Hong Kong.
(Photo: Perrine Valli «Une femme au soleil» © Agnès Mellon)