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.
Concept & Choreographic Framework: Foofwa d’Imobilité
Dancewalker All Along the 200 Km: Foofwa d’Imobilité
Sound Artist Along the 200 Km: Christophe Fellay
Dancewalkers: Marie 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 Partners: Sosta Tanzzentrum, Conservatoire cantonal du Valais
Dance Group Partner: Konzäpt
Music Partner: Herod, La Romaine
Dialog Partners: Alpagai, Les Indociles
Coproducers: Neopost Foofwa, EDHEA
Edhéa Team: Maëlle Cornut, Patricia Comby, Mélanie Zuber
Neopost Foofwa Team: Patricia 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, Commission culturelle de la commune de Fully, Alpin’physio, Interprofession de la Vigne et du Vin du Valais, Office des vins vaudois, Sauvetage Bouveret, les Arsenaux, Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, Ville de Sion
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), thanks to the principals, teachers and staff of the schools of Charrat, Fully, Saillon and Saxon
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