Dear dance enthusiasts
The Migros Culture Percentage has been in the forefront of helping to develop contemporary dance in Switzerland and give it its own identity: In 1988, as a private cultural promoter, we created the first national dance festival Steps, which was instrumental in allowing contemporary dance to emerge from its former shadowy existence. Today, our festival has a firm place in Switzerland’s cultural landscape and each edition attracts well over 30,000 spectators – a process in line with the ideals of Gottlieb Duttweiler. His Culture Percentage was designed with the idea of giving the general public broad access to cultural and social events.
Our audiences continue to experience something new, due to our continually evolving projects. The Migros Culture Percentage responds to social trends, at times even initiating them. Steps is much more than a mere series of stage events. Over the years, a broad supporting programme with various educational formats has been developed through our targeted funding. In workshops we bring together international stars with local dance professionals, with children and young people experiencing dance first-hand. Artists with or without disabilities present a vision of active inclusion onstage with high quality artistic standards. Additionally, the festival endeavours to give people with disabilities full access to these cultural treats.
Dance takes place not only in established venues, but also in unexpected places. A unique aspect of Steps is that companies, when on tour, bring superior dance productions to all corners of Switzerland - from Steckborn to Geneva, from Poschiavo to Mézières. How about taking a trip to an unfamiliar place this year and get to know Steps from a different angle?
I wish you much joy in your explorations.
Head of Directorate of Cultural and Social Affairs
Federation of Migros Cooperatives
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