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COVID-19 support 
The lockdown is a big challenge for all of us and especially freelance performing artists who often live on the breadline urgently need financial support. The federal government is working with the association Suisseculture Sociale to find solutions. Applications can now be submitted.The isolation and closure of the cultural institutions is also an extremely difficult situation for the dancers. A lack of training opportunities and daily structures, as well as fears about the future can lead to stressful situations. Suggestions for coping can be found under Mental Health. Although the current situation is very demanding for all of us,  we hope that we can use the time to find creativity, self-reflection and new inspiration. SSUDK supports in this difficult situation with individual counselling and coaching sessions, which are currently offered by phone or skype.


Many performing artists are unable to keep practising their profession until retirement, whether for health reasons or because they can no longer handle the physical demands of their job. Particularly for dancers, professional retraining is an inherent part of their career: due to the physical demands of their job, they need to find a new career at the average age of 35. Some may be able to find another position in the same field, but for many, the only option is retraining.

Due to the rather low wages that artists receive during their career, it is often not possible to save money for professional retraining. Entering a new career is complicated further because the professional qualifications of performing artists often go unrecognized.

Here is where SSUDK helps performing artists help themselves. With information and advice about changing careers and contributions toward professional retraining, performing artists should have the opportunity to take their creativity and labour in new directions.



Initial assessment and information about retraining opportunities


Grants may include both contributions for education as well as cost of living contributions


The main objective is to give artists practical knowledge and to make them aware as soon as possible of the issue of changing careers


Networking with partner organizations and former performance artists who have successfully started a new career


The Dancers Survival Guide to Transition

The Dancers Survival Guide to Transition 8 Steps to making your transition a positive experience! Introduction Step 1: An Honest Assessment (1) Step 2. Celebrate your Success and „The Love/Hate exercise” Step 3: Know your rights (contractually, unemployment, pension, insurance coverage, permissions to live and work in country of your choice) Step 4: Early Planning…

Retraining fund at the KTB, what’s next?

Almost four years ago Konzert Theater Bern, KTB, pioneered the idea of a special retraining fund for dancers in their professional transition. Estefania Miranda, ballet director at KTB talks in our interview about her vision and how this all started. How and when did KTB come up with the idea of launching a retraining regulation…

A wish comes true

The Theater Basel founded a retraining fund in August 2019 and now also supports dancers financially. How did this happen? As ballet director at the Theater Basel, it has long been my wish and need to be able to actively help the dancers with this topic. Here in Basel, we are very fortunate that the…

Transition as an opportunity

Transition as an opportunity The Zurich Ballet can look forward to great popularity and record workloads. As the largest employer for dancers in Switzerland, this is a reason to be happy and also gives the opportunity to help shape the future for dancers. Christian, you yourself have a very successful path behind you from dancer…

Portrait Marco Santi „Verlier Dich nicht und bleibe authentisch!“

Marco Santi hat seine Ausbildung 1976 am Teatro Nuovo di Torino in Turin begonnen. Als Eleve hat er beim Collettivo di Danza del Teatro Nuovo in verschiedenen Produktionen unter der Leitung von Loredana Furno mitgewirkt und seine Studien an der École de Danse Classique in Monte Carlo fortgesetzt. Für den Prix de Lausanne 1981 wurde…



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