4 - 6 April 2019 | BFM Geneva

Ticketing will open 25 february

From 4 to 6 April 2019, the Dance Area Foundation is organizing the second edition of its international festival of junior ballets. An exceptional gathering of young dancers, pedagogues, choreographers and an amateur audience of dance.

The unique feature of this unique festival in Switzerland is to program companies of young dancers at the dawn of their professional career. For the public, this event is an exceptional opportunity to discover very talented junior ballets of international level. </ P>

For young dancers, the festival offers them the opportunity to perform in Geneva, to discover different approaches scenic, technical, educational and cultural, to create links in a place of exchange and develop a network allowing them a better professional integration.

After the success of the 1st edition of the Junior Ballet Festival in 2017, which has counted 1400 spectators over 2 evenings and 140 students who participated in the masterclasses, the foundation wishes to expand this new edition by offering the public and the dancers an additional day of activities.

To this will be added a novelty for this second edition: the organization of a large audition for young dancers, before a jury of professionals!

National Youth Ballet of Germany

National Youth Ballet of Germany, the first young German national ballet, founded by John Neumeier in 2011, consists of eight professional dancers aged 18 to 23 years. With its own repertoire consisting mainly of works by young choreographers, the company dances mainly in new spaces – not theaters, but schools, museums, old people’s homes and even prisons; spaces in which dance does not usually attract much interest. The aim of the Young National Ballet is to demonstrate that dance is socially important, creating a sense of community and a sense of unity, especially for a young audience.

How to better train new generations of dancers than to confront them with pieces of choreographers at the top of their art? This is the track that the Ballet Junior de Genève has followed for 40 years. Several times a season, he invites the big names of the contemporary scene to entrust him with intense dance moments. The company has established itself on the international scene as a young contemporary ballet respectful of the classical heritage but resolutely turned towards the future. In recent years the Geneva Junior Ballet has performed in France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Portugal. Invited to a festival like “Steps” (in 2016) or programmed on a stage such as the Maison de la Danse in Lyon (in 2017), the BJG rub shoulders with the most prestigious companies.

Ballet Junior Genève

Ballet Preljocaj Junior

Based on a reflection conducted with the National Choreographic Centers, the professionalisation unit, renamed Ballet Preljocaj Junior in 2017, is an unprecedented project in the field of dance. This unique device aims to facilitate the integration of young artists into professional life and to offer them a thorough technical mastery. The program is built around a period of professionalization of eleven months as part of an apprenticeship contract. These are the six young dancers-apprentices chosen in the 2018 class who will dance during the festival.

Verve has thirteen outstanding dancers trained in some of the largest conservatories in the world. Each year, the company invites choreographers from around the world to create works that stand out for their physical commitment, singularity and audacity. The company tours extensively at venues and festivals in the UK and abroad, including Austria, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain and Switzerland. VERVE is the graduate company of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance led by Matthew Robinson.


Area Jeune Ballet

Area Jeune Ballet is a pre-professional company bringing together students from all walks of life and following the Dance Area Dancer Training Course. Its goal is to enable young dancers to work with influential and / or emerging choreographers and thus address a varied and representative repertoire of the current professional environment. Each year, the AJB performs on regional, national and international stages as part of Festivals, cultural programs or private events. Thanks to these scenic experiences and the acquired network of choreographers, the AJB greatly facilitates professional integration.