Sélection suisse en Avignon 2019

Welcome to the fourth «Sélection suisse en Avignon (SCH)» – the Swiss selection for the Festival OFF in Avignon.

The «Sélection suisse en Avignon (SCH)» is a joint project of Corodis (The Commission for the diffusion of cultural events in French speaking Switzerland) and of Pro Helvetia. It aims to promote Swiss performing arts in France, Europe and throughout the world.

«Sélection suisse» celebrates its return to Avignon on July 10th, offering a show as a welcome gift, as an invitation to further explore the Swiss artistic territory. This year, it is Aurore Jecker who opens the proceedings.
«Helen W.» by Aurore Jecker (theatre),
10 July, 12:00h at 11 Gilgamesh Belleville
In the opinion of several people, Aurore Jecker would, in features and in manner, look like Helen W., who skateboards and works in a museum. In this unusual evening of visual slides, she recounts her quest for this unknown woman, with lightness and humour, through incredible coincidences, bizarre situations and significant places.

The following projects have been selected by the SCH artistic management for the 2019 main programme:

«L’Oiseau migrateur» by Dorian Rossel / Cie STT (theatre for young audience)
9 to 23 July, 14:10h (not on 14 and 21 July) at Festival Théâtr’enfants
Two black blocks, two comedians, two pieces of chalk: it doesn’t take any more to tell this unusual friendship between a boy, his neighbor and a sparrow. In contrast to our noisy, busy times, this migratory bird relies on simplicity as a key to unfolding our imagination.

«Nirvana» by Delgado Fuchs
10 to 20 July, 16:50h (not on 15 July) at Collection Lambert / with Les Hivernales-CDCN d’Avignon
Sliding from one image to another, borrowing from gymnastics, classical statuary and the Kamasutra, this duo of dancers engages in a collision of genres to celebrate the perfect harmony of bodies. All the time allowing one constant: the quality of gesture, virtuoso and a facetious elegance.

«Various Days » by the collective A Normal Working Day
/ Delgado Fuchs & Zimoun (installation)
30 June to 22 September at Collection Lambert
In parallel with Nirvana, the Lambert Collection Lambert invites the collective «A Normal Working Day» to commit themselves to the spaces of its basement. This interactive work brings together visual and performing arts through seductive marches, mischievous disguises and abstract plastic bodies.

«EF_Femininity» by Marcel Schwald & Chris Leuenberger (dance)
10 to 20 July, 21:15h (not on 15 July) at Les Hivernales-CDCN d’Avignon
What is femininity? Is it confined to one gender? The four protagonists of EF_Femininity, female and male, from India and Switzerland, share their experiences as activists fighting for the recognition of their own femininities. They do so passionately and with a contagious sense of humour.

«Here & Now» by Trân Tran
11 and 18 July, 15:30h and 21:30h at Théâtre du Train Bleu
Why do people go to the theatre? To laugh? To be moved? Or simply to get value for money? Using a large screen, the audience can express their own expectations about the show, and Trân Tran will try to fulfil them with artistic sequences, all live and spontaneous: here & now.

This year, the SCH is also participating in the Festival d’Avignon (IN) programme with:

«Phèdre!» by François Gremaud / 2b Company (theatre)
11 to 21 July, 11:30h (not on 16 July) at Collection Lambert / with Festival d’Avignon
A guest speaker gets carried away by his passion for Racine’s Phaedra – just as Phaedra gets carried away by her love for Hippolytus. With delight and amusement, we follow the speaker through a meandering trail, like that of Ariadne: mythological siblings as expressed through the construction of Alexandrine lines.

«Au revoir», text by Antoine Jaccoud
read by French actor Mathieu Amalric (reading),
presented together with the Centre culturel suisse de Paris as part of Fictions, a programme of France Culture and the Festival d’Avignon
13 July, 22:30h at the courtyard of Musée Calvet
In the magical courtyard of the Musée Calvet, Mathieu Amalric, the French actor with magnetic presence, reads an unpublished text by Antoine Jaccoud, the Swiss author with the snappy, trenchant pen: The monologue of a father saying goodbye to his children who have gone away to live on Mars.

In addition, as part of Les Intrépides, a programme of the SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques), the Séléction presents:
Antoinette Rychner (reading),
13 July, 15:00h at Conservatoire du Grand Avignon
Comission from six authors a text on the same subject and invite them to share these unedited texts on stage. This is the starting point of Les Intrépides, imagined by SACD. Succeeding Julie Gilbert and Latifa Djerbi, Antoinette Rychner takes her turn to show the Swiss colours in this human, artistic and political adventure.

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