Bachelor in Contemporary Dance

Switzerland’s first higher education course in contemporary dance, focused on the dancer’s creativity and autonomy.

The Bachelor in Contemporary Dance offered by Manufacture, in collaboration with Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), is the first university-level program in contemporary dance in Switzerland. The Creation option is offered in Lausanne in partnership with P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels).

It seeks to coach versatile and independent dancers who are able to contribute to the choreographic process and manage their own training.

Practical Information

Full time
3 years
180 ECTS
High school diploma
500 CHF/semester
Richard AfonsoCoordinator of studies

Course objectives

  • To master one’s own body at the highest physical, technical and artistic level
  • To develop one’s own dancing personality
  • To be able to interpret different styles and repertories of the contemporary dance with a fresh and creative outlook
  • To know how to use some choreographic and composition methods
  • To be able to renew one’s own movement and gestural language
  • To be capable of evaluating critically any artistic proposition

Course content

The full-time programme alternates between basic regular classes devoted to practice and theory, and thematic workshops supervised by well-known professional artists. It favours experimentation in a holistic approach to the body and the world.

The training rather explores the body’s infinite possibilities of movement and its ability to learn, develop and integrate new capacities, more than teaches historical dance styles and techniques or artistic trends. It seeks to coach creative, versatile and independent dancers, with a reflexive approach, able to contribute to the choreographic process.

The programme is built around three main axes : the training, working towards autonomy in the development and upkeep of the physical abilities, the artistic practice, aiming at developing both a conscious and intuitive creativity, and the reflexive approach, where the theoretical input allows to put the artistic practice critically and constructively into perspective.

It encompasses eight complementary modules:

  • Technical coaching: practice of traditional and contemporary dance techniques and other forms of movement
  • Creative development: exploration of notions of composition, repertoire and improvisation
  • Theory: theory and history of dance, philosophy of art, sociology, cultural excursions and critical approaches
  • Anatomical studies: applied anatomy and physiology, analysis of movement, sport
  • Artistic practice: creative processes, productions, solo and group work
  • Interdisciplinarity: music, song, drama, visual arts
  • Study-work transition: project management, understanding the professional environment, basic legal, social and financial knowledge of an artistic career, meetings
  • Bachelor studies: methodology, tutoring, creative work, presentation and critical documentation of a proposed stage presentation.

Theory classes are organised in partnership with Bern University and sport classes with the University of Lausanne.

  • 08.06.16

    08.06 - 11.06.2016

    End of year presentation Bachelor in Contemporary Dance

    The A and B classes present their work on choreographies by Fabrice Mazliah, Company 7273 and Trisha Brown.

  • 13.05.16

    13.05 - 15.05.2016

    Diverting machines

    Performance in the trees with the promotion B students of the Bachelor in Contemporary Dance.

  • 02.01.15


    Ballroom 2015

    Workshop directed by David Zambrano with the dancers class A of the Bachelor in Contemporary Dance

  • 24.03.17

    24.03 - 31.03.2017

    Programme Commun 2017

    Manufacture takes part in Programme Commun, hosting Boris Nikitin and Milo Rau.

  • 14.02.17

    14.02 - 16.02.2017

    Promo-A Bachelor Dance Works

    La première promotion du Bachelor Danse présente ses travaux personnels de Bachelor, créations personnelles, en solo ou en duo.

  • 03.02.17


    Manufacture at Swiss Dance Days

    The Bachelor of Contemporary Dance promotion A presents "Acte co-énoncé, 12 potentialités" from Fabrice Mazliah at the Swiss Dance Days.