À la chocolaterie

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A historical and industrial area, an award winning dance company, a young composer from Fribourg, an experienced composer from Basel, an ensemble of soloists of international reputation and a multipurpose choir of college students have all got together to create a challenging project.

One of the most interesting challenges in the site specific choreographies of « À la chocolaterie » was the dialogue with live contemporary music, some of the pieces having been specially composed and performed for the site. The confrontation with the atmosphere and architecture inspired and determined our choreographic work : sites’s history and its industrial use, empty spaces full of workers’ stories and experiences, the contrast between the industrial coldness and the sensuality and warmth of partly bare bodies.

The premises of the former building of the Villars Chocolate Factory (Fribourg, CH) were used as a stage. A space measuring approximately 125 x 22 metres, punctuated by steel columns supporting the brick building from around 1900, inspired choreographers and composers, dancers and musicians.


"Voilà une belle expérience de spectateur, en totale immersion, sans quatrième mur." (La Liberté, 4 octobre 2016, Elisabeth Haas)


idea and concept

Antonio Bühler, Brigitte Meuwly


Antonio Bühler, Brigitte Meuwly, in collaboration with the dancers


Azusa Nishimura, Christos Strinopoulos, Deborah Hofstetter, Fhunyue Gao, Irene Andreetto, Isabelle Schramm, Ismael Oiartzabal, Mar Rodriguez Valverde, Marco Volta, Paul Girard et Vasna Aguilar

Original musics

Benedikt Hayoz et Beat Gysin

Other musics

John Cage, « Variations IV » (1963)


Peter Tilling


Collegium Novum Zürich, Etudiants de l'HEMU, Choeur du Collège Saint-Michel Fribourg


Brigitte Meuwly

Promotion and communication

Jacques Jenny


DA MOTUS!, Studio Klangraum Basel et Collegium Novum Zürich, Eclatsconcerts


Department of Culture Canton Fribourg, Loterie Romande, Agglomération de Fribourg, Municipality of Givisiez, SAPCO SA, Villars Holding SA


Date Place Infos | reservation
Fribourg - Switzerland Organisation : Eclatsconcerts - Ancienne Chocolaterie Villars - Création in situ
Fribourg - Switzerland Organisation : Eclatsconcerts - Ancienne Chocolaterie Villars - Création in situ