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Dance and theatre: spotlight on Swiss productions in Paris

The 48th edition of the Festival d’Automne in Paris is showcasing the diversity of Swiss theatre and dance. The programme features a large-scale retrospective of works by performance artist La Ribot as well as productions by Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll), Marco Berrettini and 2b company. In parallel and for the first time in France, the Centre culturel suisse is showing a comprehensive selection of works by Mats Staub, including his latest production entitled «Death & Birth in my Life». The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is supporting all these projects.

Launched almost half a century ago, the Festival d’Automne with its various venues spread in and around Paris represents one of the highlights of the cultural year in France. Running from 10 September to 31 December, this year’s edition will again host around 50 productions from the domains of dance, theatre, visual art and film.

Featuring prominently in this year’s programme are Swiss dance and theatre productions. Besides pieces by Stefan Kaegi («Granma»), 2b company («Pièce») and Marco Berrettini («Sorry, do the tour. Again!»), the festival is showing a broad-based selection from the oeuvre of La Ribot.

The Geneva-based artist is considered a «Grande Dame» of European performative art. Since the 1990s, she has been creating work that combines dance, performance and visual art. In a humorous, subversive and very personal way, she uses her body as a field to experiment with pain and pleasure, exposure and masquerade. The Festival d’Automne in Paris will be showing five productions of hers and two exhibitions encompassing 26 years of creative work, to be presented at Centre Pompidou, the Centre nationale de la danse and in Le Centquatre-Paris.

Meanwhile the Centre culturel suisse in Paris is, for the first time in France, presenting several pieces by Mats Staub and offering an in-depth insight into his fascinating oeuvre. Among the pieces shown is his latest production called «Death & Birth in my Life», in which individuals talk about their experiences with life and death.

All projects are supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. After the success of its «Sélection Suisse en Avignon» and its «Swiss Selection» at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Pro Helvetia is, for the third time within a short period, putting a large-scale effort into the international promotion of the Swiss dance and theatre scene.

All relevant dates and further information on the Festival d’Automne:


All dates for Mats Staub at the Centre culturel suisse:



Media information:

Lisa Stadler
+41 44 267 71 51

Media Release by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, 3 September 2019

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