Living-room dancers

performance and film, 2008

Dance is their passion; they dedicate a good deal of their free time to it. "They" are the protagonists of Living-room dancers, creation in the form of a choreographic walk through the city. Encountered through announcement postings or by word-of-mouth, these passionate individuals practice tap-dancing, electro, salsa, Argentine tango, expressive dance, samba or even pole dancing. In Living-room dancers, each one inhabits a private apartment that has been transformed into a dance-floor for the evening. These normally very intimate moments are perceptible from street-level with the help of binoculars and MP3 players. Along with the guided city tour, a film which presents portraits of each of the various dancers in the performance, is projected in a participating theater. The performance and the film confront private and public spaces, while playing with our appetite for voyeurism and exhibitionism.

concept and choreography: Nicole Seiler
performance and choreography (Lausanne): Laurent Bortolotti
Estelle Durr
Cinzia Ferrazzo
Cleudes Pannatier
Océane Pannatier
Tadeo Piana
Werner Schwager
Dominique Vannod
assistant: Muriel Imbach
costume design: Claude Rueger

Muriel Imbach
Jean-Baptiste Bosshard

film: Le Flair
Bastien Genoux
outside eye: Simona Travaglianti
graphic design Madame Paris
tour management: Tutu Production
co-production: Théâtre Arsenic Lausanne
Cie Nicole Seiler
supported by: Ville de Lausanne
Etat de Vaud
Loterie Romande
Pro Helvetia
Fondation Leenaards

Arya Dil
Nicole Seiler

photo: Arya Dil

Living-room dancers

online archive, 2020

Since the creation of Living-room dancers in 2008, the project has toured on 3 continents and more than 25 cities: from its creation at the Arsenic in Lausanne, to Luxembourg, Seoul, Monthey, Plan-les-Ouates, Barcelona, Cairo or Cape Town, to name a few. Passionate dancers from different backgrounds, cultures, dance styles and ages participated. In every venue, a film and/or a video installation which presented portraits of each of the various dancers in the performance, was presented: "Why do you dance? Why is dancing important to you?" During these years of touring, a large number of interviews have been collected and now form an important collection of testimonials on the passion for dance, a treasure trove of passionate voices from around the world. The website allows a serendipitous study of an art form that is as non-verbal as it is universal.


Nicole Seiler

assistant: Clara Delorme
website: Jacques Henri Sennwald
graphic design: Silke Koeck
video documentation, interviews: Nicole Seiler
Muriel Imbach
translation: Amira Elmasry
Dominique Godderis-Chouzenoux
Victoria Macarte
Kiun Kim
Nicolel Seiler
Bartek Sozanski
Andrej Yakushev
communication: Juan Moreno
touring Michaël Monney
administration: Laurence Rochat
supported by:

Fondation Thomas Stanley Johnson
Ville de Lausanne


France Culture – L'Atelier intérieur
Numéro 4. Le second souffle

photo: Arya Dil
photo: Arya Dil