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243 kilomètres de danse


en 10 jours


à travers le Valais


du Glacier du Rhône au Lac Léman


Dancewalk – Ultra Valais


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.




Jour 01

Jour 02

Jour 03

Jour 04

Jour 05

Jour 06

Jour 07

Jour 08

Jour 09

Jour 10


Concept et cadre artistiqueFoofwa d’Imobilité

Dancewalkeur des 200 kilomètres: Foofwa d’Imobilité

Artiste sonore des 200 kilomètres: Christophe Fellay

Dancewalkeur.euse.s accompagnant.e.s: Marie Barriol, Audrey Dionis, Chloé Granges, Alex Landa Aguirreche, Ivan Larson (du 27 septembre au 6 octobre), Ilona Grand (le 28 septembre)

Contributions artistiquesJérôme Leuba, Jérôme Meizoz, Daniel Rausis

Concept général Ultra Valais: Jean-Paul Felley

Écoles de danse partenairesSosta Tanzzentrum, Conservatoire cantonal du Valais

Partenaire groupe de danseKonzäpt

Partenaires musique: Herod, La Romaine

Partenaires dialoguesAlpagai, Les Indociles

Co-producteursNeopost Foofwa, EDHEA

Equipe édhéaMaëlle Cornut, Patricia Comby, Mélanie Zuber

Equipe Neopost FoofwaPatricia Buchet, Sylvia Jagdeep, Pascal Villa Vieille

Partenaires principauxZeughaus 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

PartenairesCulture Valais, Commission culturelle de la ville 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

Soutiens financiers

Pour l’organisation de la Dancewalk – Ultra Valais, l’EDHEA bénéficie du soutien du dispositif ‘Art en partage-projets participatifs’, du Service de la culture du Canton du Valais ainsi que du soutien de la Loterie romande. 

Neopost Foofwa a reçu le soutien ponctuel de la Fondation Ernst Göhner et de la Corodis.

Neopost Foofwa (2018-2020) bénéficie du soutien conjoint de la Ville Genève, de la République et du Canton de Genève et de Pro Helvetia – Fondation suisse pour la culture.

Remerciements: Yann Clavien (Chef de section nature et paysage, Département de la mobilité, du territoire et de l’environnement du Valais), merci aux responsables, enseignants et personnels des écoles de Charrat, Fully, Saillon et Saxon

See Past Dates

06 Oct 2019
Dancewalk – Ultra Valais Jour 10
Monthey > Le Bouveret
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 the Théâtre du Crochetan in Monthey: Dancewalk in French-Provençal

12:00 Performance on the pont d’Illarsaz near the ‘Illarsaz, Village’ bus stop, then lunch break in dialect

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

14:45 Meeting at the Vouvry Station for the last kilometers

17:30 Le Bouveret: End of the Dancewalk at Rhône-Delta (from the banks facing Sagrave SA) and boat transport to La Tour-de-Peilz

18:30 Closing party at La Becque Résidence d’artistes in La Tour-de-Peilz

Deposit of the Rhone Glacier Stone signed by all Participants

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

05 Oct 2019
Dancewalk – Ultra Valais Jour 9
Martigny > Monthey
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 Station: 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 at Evionnaz Station

13:30 Evionnaz > Saint-Maurice: Pro-industrial dancewalk

15:15  Meeting at the gaz station of Horizonville: Hydroelectric Dancewalk, followed by Performances at the Chemin des Toblerones, vestiges of military fortifications used as anti-tank obstacles and along the historic Fortresses of Dufour

16:15 Break at route de Vasselin near the Château de St-Maurice

17:00 St-Maurice > Monthey: Anti-industrial dancewalk

19:30 Meeting at the junction of the Rhone and la Vièze, near the Step de Syngenta: Crossing of the Monthey industrial zone with the rock metal band, Herod

20:00 Arrival at the Théâtre du Crochetan inMonthey

04 Oct 2019
Dancewalk – Ultra Valais Jour 8
Saillon > Martigny
Departure 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 Meeting at the Church of SaillonPerformance of the Green Garden with the Children of Saillon

8:15 Saillon > Canal de Gru: Dancewalk inspired by traditional steps of dances from the Valais

9:30 Crossing the bridge between Saillon and Saxon near Abricool SA with the children of Saxon

10:15 Crossing the pont de la Solverse near Bruchez fruits with the children of Fully and Saxon

12:00 Lunch break at la Belle Usine de Fully (plan your own picnic): Aperitif offered by the Cultural Commission of Fully

13:00 Dancewalk in the streets of Fully, plus 9 turns around the Church of  Fully

13:30 Crossing the pont du Rhône or so called pont de Fully 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: entry by the Swisscom door and exit by the Octodure door

17:30 Meeting at Martigny-Expo: Little Dancewalk with dance students from the Conservatoire Cantonal du Valais

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

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

03 Oct 2019
Dancewalk – Ultra Valais Jour 7
Sion > Saillon
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 Meeting in front of the Tour des Sorciers in Sion: Dancewalk in the streets with morning sips of wine

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

13:00 Meeting for lunch, and drink at the Jean-René Germanier cave

14:00 Vétroz > Les Moulins: Dionysian Dancewalk II: we sing along and dance with the afternoon wine

17:30 Performance in the Caverne des géants

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

02 Oct 2019
Dancewalk – Ultra Valais Jour 6
Sierre > Sion
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.

8:45 Meeting at Théâtre Les Halles de Sierre (TLH):Sierre towards Sion along the Rhône: Dancewalk in the form of a poetry debate

12:00 Lunch at the Saint-Léonard bridge route la Lienne near Séval

13:00 Dancewalking while making poelitics demands for the Valais

15:15 Meeting on the Bridge of Roches Brunes near the Restaurant Roches Brunes: Dancewalk in the shape of a demonstration throughout Sion streets

16:15 Ceremony of the declaration of the “Poetic Claims for the Future Valais” at the Arsenaux – Centre culturel

16:45 Delivery to the Government of the Valais of the letter of the “Poetic Claims for the Future Valais”: Place de la Planta

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 by Virna Signorelli, hypnotherapist

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

01 Oct 2019
Dancewalk – Ultra Valais Jour 5
Susten > Sierre
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.”

10:30 Meeting point: Susten/Leuk Station: Address to the parables of Leukerbad

10:45 Susten > Finges Wood: Dancewalk in reverence to Corinna Bille and Marcel Duchamp

13:30 Lunch time: Meeting point: bus stop 451 “Sierre Parc de Finges”

14:30 Departure for the crossing of the industrial zone

16:00 Meeting point: Cercle des Peupliers – Lac de Géronde, next to the “Buvette du bord de l’eau”

16:30 battlefield #145, living sculpture, Sierre, 2019 by Jérôme Leuba

17:45 Meeting point: EDHEA (Route de la Bonne-Eau 16, Sierre), 70 actions to celebrate its anniversary

18:30-18:45 Arrival at the Théâtre Les Halles de Sierre (TLH)

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 Conference “Philosophical History of Raclette” by Daniel Rausis, followed by a raclette offered to the public by the TLH-Sierre

30 Sep 2019
Dancewalk – Ultra Valais Jour 4
Gampel > Susten
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 Meeting at Gampel, Dorf bus stop: Gampel > Niedergampel: Dancewalk for the German-speaking tributaries of the Rhône

15:30Meeting at Obergetwing, Rottenbrücke: Obergetwing Bridge: Performance of the devastating repair

16:45 Meeting at the Ravine of Feschilju: Ritual of reparative devastation

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

18:20 Meeting down the stairs at the end of the Rufiweg: Arrival and performance with the Sosta Tanzzentrum, its students and teachers

18:30 Performance in front of the Leuk/Susten Sation with the Sosta Tanzzentrum, followed by a drink

29 Sep 2019
Dancewalk – Ultra Valais Jour 3
Brig > Gampel
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 Meeting at Brig Station: Brig > Visp: Carnival dancewalk with depolluting sounds part I

10:30 Meeting on the banks of the Rhone near the Werner Fercher’s Factory, Metall- und Stahlbau AG: Lonza Factory > Baltschieder Bridge: 3 performances

12:30 Meeting on the Baltschieder Bridge near the Thomas Zenhäusern: Biological lunch

13:30 Baltschieder > Raron > Gampel: Carnival dancewalk with depolluting sounds part II

15:45 Meeting at Raron Churh: Rainer Maria Rilke, from his tomb in Raron, tells us to “surrender to the intelligence of the Earth”

16:30 Meeting at the ‘Niedergesteln, Gesch’ bus stop: Variations on the Fall until Gampel

18:00 Arrival in Gampel

28 Sep 2019
Dancewalk – Ultra Valais Jour 2
Reckingen > Brig
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 Meeting at the station of Reckingen-Gluringen: Reckingen > Mühlebach: Ilona Grand, dancer from the region, makes the words, expressions, and songs of the Haute-Valais waltz for us

13:00 Meeting at the station of Fürgangen-TalstationFürgangen-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 Meeting at the station of Fürgangen-TalstationFürgangen-Talstation > Bitsch: Low-cost musical on board the train, with the amateur dance company Konzäpt

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

16:30 Meeting at the World Nature Forum in Naters: Naters > Brigue – Local dancers and people join the Dancewalk

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

27 Sep 2019
Dancewalk – Ultra Valais Jour 1
Rhone Glacier > Reckingen
Departure 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 Meeting at the Gletsch bus stopGletsch > Oberwald by bus

11:30 Meeting at the Ahorni Hotel Oberwaldto 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 Meeting in front of the Oberwald churchOberwald > Reckingen: Naming (in French and German) and dancing the nature along the Rhone

18:00 Arrival in Reckingen