dance, music, body wisdom from egypt


21 – 26 October

Salam is tanz raum's intercultural performance project in collaboration with the Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria. Salam brings European and Egyptian dance students together to meet, experiment, create and learn from each other.

How it all came about

In January 2019, Cie tanz raum performed at Garage Theatre in Alexandria: Caroline Chevat and Claudia Heinle with musicians Amir Ezzat and Murad Adli from Egypt. Right after performing, artists and audience met for a discussion. The audience's interest was so immense that everybody remained in the theatre for an hour. The audience was impressed by how a Swiss dance company in a novel and contemporary way interpreted their dance language. We talked about dance and the human body, in relation to history, society, gender, and religion. The public urged us to find a possibility to come back to Egypt and to give workshops. The next day, our way back to Europe, the idea popped up to create an intercultural performance project in answer to their suggestion. 

See a video clip how it started

How we continue

In October 2019, Cie tanz raum travels back to Alexandria together with European student artists, who will bring their love for Egypt, their different talents and motivation. The group will meet Egyptian student artists who likewise will contribute their talents. The company will be in residence one week, using traditional and modern dance concepts learning and creating from both cultures and dance histories. The outcome will culminate in the presentation of an intercultural dance performance with live music in Garage Theatre. 

We are curious what relations we can achieve through the recognition of the shared roots we have and what we will create through dance, rhythm, music, and theatre. 


claudia heinle
caroline chevat

amir ezzat  
mourad adli

We are very much looking forward sharing our knowledge, creativity, experience, and time with you!

We have worked in numerous countries, festivals, and institutions like: Garage Theatre in Alexandria (EGY) I JACC Opera House in Kuwait City (KW) I Theaterspektakel in Zurich (CH) I The Bibliotheca Alexandria (EGY) I Haus der Kulturen in Berlin (DE) I IMA Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (FRA) I Café de la Danse in Paris (FRA) I Tanzhaus Zurich (CH) I Cankarjew Dom in Ljubljana (SL) I ADEM Les Ateliers Geneva (CH) I CAK Centre for African Culture Oslo (NO) I University Constance (DE) I Stadttheater Constance (GER) I Dreispitz Kreuzlingen (CH) I Lalish Theatre in Vienna (AUT) I Opera House Cairo (EGY) I Opera House Alexandria (EGY) I Opera House Dubai (UAE) I Lutherkirche Constance (GER) I Chapelle des Maristes (FRA) I Krypta Münster Constance (GER) I High Institute of Music in Paris (FRA) I Dynamo Jugendkulturhaus Zürich (CH) I Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf (DE) I  Dansens Hus in Stockholm (SE) I Tanz & Theater Werkstatt Ludwigsburg (DE) I Inter'Val d'Automne (FRA) I WHO World Health Organization Copenhagen (DK) I Karthago Festival (TUN), I Theatre Altigone Toulouse (FRA). 


Alexandria Airport (EGY)


Jesuit Cultural Center

Salam takes place in the special atmosphere of the Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria. With the Garage Theatre, studios and Café it is a perfect place to be creative. Director George Fadi and his team are looking forward welcoming us.


Participation for Egyptians: 20 Egyptian Pound

Contribution to the project for Europeans: 520 €

If you want to participate send an email with your motivation.