With stages and rehearsal stages closed, dancers are currently working from home – an agile working space that leads, through halls, doors and stairs, to gardens and back. In the digital sphere, we are seeing a myriad of wonderful insights into dance created by artists in their own home – and receiving invitations to join in. Together with newly available recordings of renowned productions and interviews, contemporary dance is currently being exhibited online – in its ever changeable diversity and internationality – as the symbol of our times we know it to be. The Steps team has taken a look around to discover what is on offer.
Steps Artists 2020
They should have been dancing their way up and down the country through 32 Swiss cities and villages for over three weeks:
The AXIS Dance Company is offering short inclusive dance sessions via Zoom several times a week.
The New Zealand Dance Company is giving the dance community an opportunity to keep moving virtually.
"Anton Lachky Puzzle Work" by choreographer Anton Lachky is guiding viewers through an endless range of movement combinations. His online workshops are available on Facebook.
The dancers from IT Dansa have a range of charming, funny dance performances created during quarantine up their sleeves.
Choreographer Tabea Martin speaks to Evi Hock about her work, her inspirations and her trilogy, which deals with death.
Mourad Merzoukis's recording "Vertikal" is available online until 1 June 2020.
Starting 1 May 2020, you can watch "The Beginning of Nature" and other plays from Australian Dance Theatre online for 48 hours.
Ioannis Mandafounis provides a recording of "Faded" online (recording Athens, April 2019, in Greek with English subtitles).
The entire TLT trains at home, as the repeated production "I am who I am" must be remembered.
The following examples are just some of the creative ways dancers are responding to the lockdown. At the same time, organisers are making archived recordings available online – performances the public would not usually have access to under "normal" circumstances.
Under the motto "DisDance" the digital festival edition of dastanzfest.ch took place from 15 to 17 May.
The 8th edition of ZÜRICH TANZT came to the audience via live stream on 16 May 2020. The program is still available on YourStage.live.
With Gilles Jobin's Virtual Reality "Dance Trail App" for smartphones, virtual dancers can be beamed into your own environment.
"Wir lieben den Tanz, wir leben vom Tanz, wir tanzen das Leben" ("We love dancing, we live dancing, we dance through life")
100 dancers from Bern recorded a short clip from home on the initiative of Swiss choreographer Regula Mahler.
Every day, the Théâtre Sévelin 36 in Lausanne invites a choreographer, an artist or its audience to suggest a dance video. This led to the creation of the "Sévelin 36 Hitparade".
Every week, the Grand Théâtre de Genève presents a focus on a theme from the current season.
The Zurich Opera House is showing an opera or ballet production every weekend until the beginning of June 2020.
Arte is showing recordings from the renowned Prix de Lausanne, a competition for young dancers.
Flemish-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui was repeatedly a guest at Steps. "Babel(words)" by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet celebrates its 10th stage anniversary this year. The now online available version "Babel 7.16" directed by Olivier Py was performed at the Festival d'Avignon in 2016. Video available until 28 May 2020.
Sadlers Well in London is exhibiting dance in all forms on its digital stage – from contemporary dance and flamenco to hip hop and ballet.
Arte is showcasing works from well-known contemporary choreographers.
French platform Numeridanse is offering free access to thousands of choreographies in short videos.
The Montpellier Danse Festival is presenting productions spanning its 40-year history.
Numerous studios are offering online dance training – a must for professionals and a chance for the general public to discover and try out new dance styles in their own homes:
The Basel-based dance school Braswell Arts Center is offering weekly dance classes.
Dancers from the Tanzbüro Basel are offering professional training at home.
Beweggrund Bern offers online movement workshops with Jürg Koch for children, young people and adults on 6.6. and 20.6.2020 at 5 pm.
Gaga online classes is live-streaming classes from Tel Aviv and New York City.
With his series #Wohnzimmerballett (living room ballet), Canadian choreographer Eric Gauthier invites all feet sitting around at home to dance.
Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is also inviting viewers to get dancing at home.
Mousonturm in Frankfurt am Main is offering professional training online – for professional dancers, for clubbers and of course for anyone who enjoys dancing. The clips will remain online for seven days.