Festival Summer Part Two: Lakeside

August and September behold some highlights: important festivals in Nyon, Zurich, Geneva and Edinburgh show a large variety of Swiss performing arts.

Nyon, right beside Lake Geneva, hosts the far° – festival des arts vivants from 9 to 19 August. Under the motto «nos futurs» (our futures), it presents several works by younger Swiss artists – such as Zoë Cadotsch, Adina Secretan, Pamina de Coulon, Jessica Huber, Darren Roshier – and a selection of internationally renowned performing artists, including Kate McIntosh, Christophe Meierhans, Clédat & Petitpierre or Mårten Spångberg.

Another lakeside festival follows from 17 August to 3 September: The Zürcher Theater Spektakel. In the wonderful setting of the Landiwiese at Lake Zurich, this year’s festival will present many highlights from the international performing arts scene. Artists include the Argentinian writer and director Mariano Pensotti, the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky, the French Cirque Inextremiste, the South African choreographer and performer Boyzie Cekwana, the Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó and the Chinese choreographer Wen Hui.
Four exciting Swiss artists will showcase their very diverse productions: Eugénie Rebetez’s solo performance «Bienvenue» is full of humour, poetry and unyielding sincerity. Mats Staub’s installation «21 – Memories of Growing Up» consists of interviews with people of different generations and backgrounds. Tim Zulauf investigates the cyber cosmos in «Trollhaus / Maison de Trolls» together with network activists from Tunisia. Last but not least, the young collective Orlowska/Perlstein/Kläy dedicates itself, in up-beat irreverent fashion, to the subject of ADHS in «Ritalina».

L'Alakran_Le Direktør_©DR
L’Alakran_Le Direktør_©DR

The last of the prestigious Swiss summer festivals, La Bâtie in Geneva, also presents performing arts at their finest from 1 to 16 September: an opportunity to see productions by Vincent Macaigne, Mathilde Monnier, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Echo & the Bunnymen, Peeping Tom and Mohamed El Khatib, inter alia.
Particularly noteworthy are the Swiss premieres at the festival: Cie L’Alakran will present an adaptation of Lars von Trier’s film «Le Direktør» as part of a special invitation to director Oscar Gómez Mata. Laurence Yadi of Compagnie 7273 can be seen in her first solo, «Today». Mathieu Bertholet will stage Sarah Kanes disturbing piece, «4.48 Psychose» and Yan Duyvendak will call for concrete «ACTIONS» in times of increasing migration.
Some Swiss artists will also be present at other major festivals in Europe this summer, such as the Festival d’Avignon OFF and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The latter runs from 4 to 28 of August and will include «Sing the Positions» by Ioannis Mandafounis and «Like a Prayer» by Corinne Maier, both in the highly regarded C Venues.

Enjoy the summer months – with sun, scenery and culture!

Festival Far°
Zürcher Theater Spektakel
La Bâtie
C Venues