200 kilometers of dance


in 10 days


across the Wallis region


from the Rhone Glacier to the Lake of Geneva



Dancewalk – Ultra Valais 2019

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of EDHEA, its director Jean-Paul Felley invites Foofwa d’Imobilité (dancer, performer, choreographer, mediator, dance teacher and artistic director of the Neopost Foofwa Company) to create a huge Dancewalk in Valais, which will run from the Rhône glacier to Lake Geneva, from September 27th to October 6th, 2019.

During his 200 km journey, Foofwa d’Imobilité will be joined by dancers, musicians, students and various audiences, met upstream during workshops or during the crossing of the territory.

The Dancewalk is discipline in between dance and walk. It links culture and sport and questions the notion of performance. The Dancewalk – Ultra Valais, organised by EDHEA, is then at the crossroads of contemporary art, performance, dance and theatre, and addressed various societal issues linked to Valais’ particularities by crossing heterogeneous places: train, nature, industry, the Valais fair, fields and vineyards, the Rhone glacier… Each section reflects an aspect of the territory and its history and offers critical and transdisciplinary reflection to participants while celebrating living together and sharing.

Each day will be punctuated by stop-overs where everyone will be able to join the joyful procession of Dancewalkers, for a few steps of dancing, a few strides, or more… See the schedules in the program day by day.

Last but not least, each day will also be closed with a convivial evening, open to everyone.



Glacier du Rhône > Reckingen
25 km Départ 8:00

Glacier Is A Word from Valais

“Glacier” is a Franco-Provençal term that has been used since the 16th century in Valais, it is preferred since the middle of the 17th century in France to the term “glacière”, which was used until then.

8:00 Meet us at the Belvedere of the Rhône glacier: Preambulation on the glacier freely inspired by the endangered Tibetan spiritual dances

9:00 Belvedere > Gletsch: Dance in Tibetan line with the audience to Gletsch naming the endangered animal and plant species in the region

11:00 Gletsch > Oberwald by bus

11:00 Oberwald: Go to a café to follow live the descent of Foofwa in geological logorrhoea and dancerun

13:00 On arrival lunch break with the dancers and accompanying persons

14:00 Oberwald > Reckingen (arrival around 18:00): Name (in French and German) and dance the nature along the Rhone


Reckingen > Brig
20 km Departure 9:00

Walliserditsch apprendre 

Walliserdeutsch is the only German dialect to have largely preserved the diversity of declination and conjugation of the old German language.

9:00 Reckingen > Mühlebach: Ilona Grand, dancer from the region, makes the words, expressions, and songs of the Haute-Valais waltz for us

13:00 Fürgangen-Talstation: A performance worthy of Trisha Brown’s on the Mühlebach suspension bridge, then lunch break while waiting for the Matterhorn Gotthard Train

14:45 Fürgangen-Talstation > Bitsch: Low-cost musical on board the train, with the amateur dance company Konzäpt

15:30 Bitsch > World Nature Forum in Naters (16:30) > Brig: Dancers and locals join the Dancewalk – Ultra Valais to the sound of Ephraim Salzmann’s drum

18:00 Arrival at the Zeughaus Kultur Zentrum for its season opening


Brig > Gampel
27 km Departure 9:00


The Lonza River flows through the Lötschental, which gave its name to the chemical and pharmaceutical industry of the Lonza Group. In the Lötschental, there is a carnival with Tschägätta masks: disguise, satire, dances, serious scenes, culinary and erotic pleasures, struggles, parties, social criticism activities.

9:00 Brig > Visp: Carnival dancewalk with depolluting sounds

10:30 Lonza Plant > Baltschieder Bridge: Performance followed by an organic lunch break

13:30 Baltschieder > Raron > Gampel (arrived at 18:00): Rainer Maria Rilke, from his tomb in Raron, tells us to “surrender to the intelligence of the Earth”


Gampel > Susten
10 km Departure 14:00

From Rottu to Rhône

In the valley where it grows, the Rhône (Rotten in German, Rottu in Walliserdeutsch) has undergone numerous developments aimed at controlling its flow and reducing the harmful effects of its floods. After the Rhône corrections of 1863 and 1930, a third correction has been in progress since 2009.

14:00 Gampel > Niedergampel: Dancewalk for the German-speaking tributaries of the Rhône

15:30 Obergetwing Bridge: Performance of the devastating repair

16:00 Untergetwing > Feschilju-Schlucht

17:00 Feschilju Ravine: Ritual of reparative devastation

17:20 Industriestrasse Bridge > End of Rufiweg: Dancewalk for the French-speaking tributaries of the Rhône

18:30 Rüfi /Leuk: Arrival and performance with the Sosta Tanzzentrum, its students and teachers



Susten > Sierre
14 km Departure 11:30

Etang Donné Finges

The Bois de Finges recalls the installation of Marcel Duchamp’s last major work, “Etant donnés”, which originated in a waterfall in French-speaking Switzerland. This Bois de Finges that Corinna Bille loved: “A willow branch shaken by the current, a pine tree standing still on the sky, puts me in a state close to ecstasy, and I understand that in the past people loved trees, waters.”

11:30 Susten/Leuk station: Address to the parables of Leukerbad

12:00 Susten > Finges Wood: Dancewalk in reverence to Corinna Bille

14:00 Snack at the Hermitage

15:00 Suite du Bois de Finges: Dancewalk as an offering to Marcel Duchamp

16:30 Exit from Bois de Finges: EDHEAppy Birthday in the streets of Sierre

17:00 battlefield #145, living sculpture, Sierre, 2019 by Jérôme Leuba

18:00 Arrival at the Théâtre Les Halles in Sierre

Two projects in the wake of Dancewalk – Ultra Valais:

– Presentation of the leporello INFINI 1: Drawalk by Milena Buckel and Noémi Alberganti

– Audiovisual installation by EDHEA students about the so called “Ultra Valais”

19:30 Lecture “Philosophical History of Raclette” by Daniel Rausis


Sierre > Sion
23 km Departure 7:00

Poelitic for the future Valais

The Dancewalk is intrinsically a policy of the being-together and a poetics of freedom. It can also take on a more clearly political focus, engage in dialogue with associations, and become a forum for debate and political action.

7:00 Sierre towards Sion along the Rhône: Dancewalk in the form of a poetry debate

12:00 Lunch near the Saint-Léonard bridge thinking about the work of Carole Roussopoulos

13:00 Dancewalk by making poetic demands for the Valais

15:30 Streets of Zion: Dancewalk in the form of a demonstration

16:30 Filing of the “Poetic Claims for the Future Valais” in Les Arsenaux

17:00 Arrival and welcome at the Musée d’Art du Valais: Screening of the Group Walk video on a performance with Hamish Fulton

17:45 Accompanied practice with Virna Signorelli, hypnotherapist

19:00 Slow food aperitif on the Museum Terrace with the artists


Sion > Saillon
21 km Departure 8:00

DioniSion, DioniSaillon

Historically, the Valais has had many rogations, processions and processions. Currently, the Valais is an exceptional wine-growing region. To this day, Valais has always known many festivals, libations and celebrations.

8:00 Dancewalk in the streets of Sedus with morning wine

9:00 Sion > Vétroz: Dionysian Dancewalk 1: Celebrating the vineyard by singing and dancing

13:00 Lunch and drink in Vétroz

14:00 Vétroz > Les Moulins: Dionysian Dancewalk 2: we continue to sing and dance with the afternoon wine

17:30 Performance in the Giant’s Cave

18:30 Arrival and aperitif at the Caveau de Saillon, evening wine


Saillon > Martigny
20 km 8:00

Popular (Everyone Is a V.I.P.)

Between Charrat and Martigny in Guercet there is a chapel entirely decorated by Mizette Putallaz (paintings, altarpiece and statues), the first ever graduate of the school of fine arts (today EDHEA). She even had to design her own Diploma. In the 1950s, in Valais, she had to fight to defend her right to being a female painter.

All day long programming was designed and thought by Daniel Rausis with the participation of the inhabitants of the region

Today’s Dancewalk will freely be inspired by local folk songs and dances

8:00 Saillon > Gru Canal

9:45 Crossing the bridge at Lantses with the children of Saxon

10:15 Crossing the bridge at Les Epenays with Fully’s children

12:00 Lunch break at La Belle Usine de Fully

13:00 Dancewalk in the streets of Fully towards Charrat

13:30 Crossing the Gare road bridge with the children of Charrat

15:15 Performance-tribute to Mizette Putala in the Chapelle du Guercet with the ladies’ choir La Romaine de Martigny who will carry the flag and scarves designed by Mizette, and also the flags of the local folk bands she has designed

16:30 Passage through the Foire du Valais

17:30 Little Dancewalk with dance students from the Conservatoire Cantonal du Valais

18:00 Arrival and performance in the cellars of the Distilleries Morand

18:30 Aperitif in the fermentation courtyard, then reading by Manuella Maury and Mathieu Bessero about liquors


Martigny > Monthey
29 km Departure 8:30


Industrialization has overthrown the artisanal, the manual, the local and replaced it with the mechanical, the serial, the standard and the homogeneous. The production of movement in dance culture has also been profoundly disrupted by industrialization.

8:30 Departure from Martigny: Morning performances with Jérôme Meizoz reading extracts from “Terrains vagues” at La Gravière du Rosel, l’Usine Moderna de Vernayaz and Dorénaz’s car dump

12:30 Lunch in Evionnaz

13:30 La Via Francigena d’Evionnaz in Saint-Maurice: Pro-industrial dancewalk

15:30 Upper Lavey: Performance on the path of the toblerones, remains of military fortifications used as anti-tank obstacles

16:15 Break in front of the Fairy Cave

17:00 La Via Francigena from Saint-Maurice to Monthey: Anti-industrial dancewalk

19:30 Crossing of the Rhône and the Vièze: Crossing of the Monthey industrial zone with the Herod metal group

20:00 Arrival and welcome at the Théâtre du Crochetan in Monthey


Monthey > Le Bouveret
23 km Departure 8:30

More than 200 km of dance

By the evening of October 6, Foofwa will certainly have covered 215 kilometres or more. Even if the meaning of dancing more than 200 kilometres in 10 days remains subject to interpretation, it is quite possible that this performance is a unique phenomenon.

8:30 Departure from Monthey along the factories: Dancewalk in French-Provençal

12:00 Performance on the Illarsaz bridge then lunch break in patois

13:15 In the direction of Port-Valais: Dancewalk by arpitan

17:30 Le Bouveret: End of the Dancewalk at Rhône-Delta and boat transport to La Tour-de-Peilz

18:30 Closing party at La Becque Artists’ residence at La Tour-de-Peilz

Deposit of the Rhone Glacier stone signed by all participants

Audiovisual installation of EDHEA students summarizing the ten days of Dancewalk – Ultra Valais

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Concept & Choreographic FrameworkFoofwa d’Imobilité

Dancewalker All Along the 200 Km: Foofwa d’Imobilité

Sound Artist Along the 200 Km: Christophe Fellay

DancewalkersMarie Barriol, Audrey Dionis, Chloé Granges, Alex Landa Aguirreche, Ivan Larson (from September 27 until October 6), Ilona Grand (on September 28)

Artistic Collaborations: Jérôme Leuba, Jérôme Meizoz, Daniel Rausis

General Concept Ultra Valais: Jean-Paul Felley

Dance School PartnersSosta Tanzzentrum, Conservatoire cantonal du Valais

Dance Group PartnerKonzäpt

Music Partner: Herod, La Romaine

Dialog Partners: Alpagai, Les Indociles

CoproducersNeopost Foofwa, EDHEA

Edhéa TeamMaëlle Cornut, Patricia Comby, Mélanie Zuber

Neopost Foofwa TeamPatricia Buchet, Sylvia Jagdeep, Pascal Villa Vieille

Main Partners: Zeughaus Kultur Brig, TLH-Sierre, Musée d’art du Valais, FVS Group, Distilleries Morand, Théâtre du Crochetan, La Becque Résidence d’artistes, La Belle Usine de Fully

Partners: Culture Valais, Alpin’physio, Interprofession de la Vigne et du Vin du Valais, Office des vins vaudois, Société de sauvetage

Financial supports: 

For the organisation of the Dancewalk – Ultra Valais, EDHEA is supported by “Art en partage-projets participatifs”, Service de la culture du Canton du Valais, Loterie romande

Neopost Foofwa has received occasional support from the Ernst Göhner Foundation and Corodis.

Neopost Foofwa (2018-2020) receives joint support from the City of Geneva,  the Republic and Canton of Geneva, and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council

Special Thanks: Yann Clavien (Head of Nature and Landscape Section, Department of Mobility, Territory and Environment of Valais)

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