Life is an ongoing dance. Movement is in every cell. Dance happens in all encounters between humans, plants, objects and materials.  We constantly dance with others, exploring the familiarity and the strangeness of otherness.

Life is a dance within culture, between cultures, as we are constantly moving from place to place, from language to language, from a dance practice to another. Dance is an invitation for encounters beyond language. It is about exploration, transformation and communion.

Since my early childhood in West-Africa, my life has been about involving new communities. Always an outsider, trying to understand emic languages (spoken or in movement). This early anthropological eye moved me towards Anthropology and the practice of ethnography: in Tanzania, in Western Contemporary Dance, in Senegal.

I am working between Anthropology, Dance Studies, Contemporary Dance and Traditional African Dances, thinking out of a phenomenological experience. Practice and theory gather in one breath, and materialize in words on paper (and sometimes in performance or other media).


Contemporary Dance | Contact Improvisation 

Afro-Contemporary | Sabar | Mandingue

Affects | Body | Intimacy | Improvisation | Movement | Senses

Artistic production processes

Anthropology of dance | Dance studies

Fluent in French, German, English & Spanish 

Daily Life Swiss-German & Swahili


Collaborations with Dance Companies

Contemporary Dance

Massimo Furlan, Nicole Seiler, deRothfils

Nina Stadler, IfSenz, Cie Cadmium



Cie Fodac, Cie Dogo Mussole

Yama Wade, Aziz Bara Kara Niang

Cie Kunda - André Dramé

Video on Youtube

In this video essay, I present my embodied engagement, demonstrating my way of using dance as a space for intimate ethnographic encounters. The footage display fieldwork performances in China, Tanzania, Montreal and India, as well as my past participation in dance projects in Switzerland. They are traces of my anthropological journey through space and movement.


Collaborations with


Institute of Anthropology,

Institut d'Histoire de la Médecine

& Santé Publique

University of Lausanne CH

Institute of Dance/Theater Studies,

Walter Benjamin Kolleg

University of Bern CH

Institute of Anthropology

University of Aberdeen UK

Faculty of Fine Arts 

University Concordia, Montreal


University Paris 8 2020-2022


Swiss National Research Foundation

since 2013

Dr. Claire Vionnet


Postdoc Fellow, Faculty of Fine Arts, University Concordia, Montreal

Associate Junior Fellow, Walter Benjamin Kolleg, University of Bern