Mélissa Guex Lausanne, Switzerland

DOWN Single version

Lausanne, Switzerland
14 July 10:00 pm
15 July 11:00 pm
16 July 8:00 pm
Free entrance
Free entrance
14 July 10:00 pm
15 July 11:00 pm
16 July 8:00 pm

“DOWN” is a choreographic creation for a drum set and a dancing body. A performative and explosive concert, an attempt to respond to the collective down. A moment of descent after ecstasy, a wave of depression, the sensation of the body letting go, the spirit becoming detached: that’s the down. Mélissa Guex explores fatigue, physical exhaustion and how movement can activate concentration and mental well-being. She experiments with the rhythm of the descent, the music of the ascent, the body freezing or following a drum of emotions, giving birth to a duet with bright colours and festive costumes, a Saba dance – a ritual healing dance – to be consumed like a drug to get back up. Inspired by ecstatic ritual dances and club culture and conceived as a modular format, “DOWN” evolves, transforms and takes root in the territories it explores, feeding on past journeys and nourishing future ones. In Santarcangelo, Mélissa will create a site-specific version for Piazza Ganganelli; the performance will make its official debut in March 2024 at the Théâtre Sévelin 36 in Lausanne.


Mélissa Guex, born in 1993, is a dancer and choreographer from Lausanne. She studied at the École Lassaad in Brussels and La Manufacture in Lausanne. Mélissa then became an associate artist of Théâtre Sévelin 36 and founded her company. Currently, she presents her solo work as a choreographer and performer in different theatres in Switzerland. Mélissa juggles between the world of nightlife and the theatre, exploring transformation through costumes and using the urban space as a playground.

Clément Grin, born in 1992, is a drummer and composer. He studied at the Haute École de Jazz in Lausanne, training with Cyril Regamey and Emil Spanyi. He is a member of several ensembles – Meimuna, Hold, Monument, Duo Sonore, Gr’Ørch, Bart Plugers Blossom and Blasphemy – regularly plays for projects that take him as far as China and performs in numerous jazz festivals.


Access: accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.

piazza Ganganelli, Santarcangelo



di e con Mélissa Guex
batteria Clément Grin
amministrazione e produzione Milena Pellegrini
produzione Cie Sumo
con il supporto di Théâtre Sévelin 36, Go Go Go – Le Grütli, Supernova Rimini, Santarcangelo Festival, Venere in Teatro, SUBS Lyon

all'interno del progetto europeo R.O.M. Residencies On the Move co-finanziato dal programma Creative Europe

progetto realizzato con il supporto di Fondazione svizzera per la cultura Pro Helvetia

spettacolo offerto da Oleificio Pasquinoni

© Philippe Weissbrodt