Gessnerallee holds many spaces for theatre, dance, performance, music and a multitude of projects rooted in community. We co-produce select projects as well as commission local and international productions while being one of the largest stages and homes for the independent performing arts scene in Switzerland.
Our artistic program features not only experimental contemporary formats which tackle urgent and current themes but also explicitly encourages interdisciplinary projects which question and resist "traditional" modes of production. As a partner and fervent accomplice of the local drama and dance scene, Gessnerallee wishes to be a place where artistic research and collective work can flourish without pressure being imposed.
Beginning with the forthcoming season 2020/21, Gessnerallee is being led by a trio who works in determinedly transparent and collective structures. The program is being created and juried by a collaborative group of ten people who also include a local program team and four curators each bringing with them different global and social contexts as well as aesthetic vocabularies. As an employer, Gessnerallee supports the professional equality of all people and all ways of life, especially the compatibility of personal lives and work. Most importantly, we at Gessnerallee are actively pursuing and implementing anti-racist and anti-discriminatory procedures and structures. Our teams are currently working closely with coaches specialised in diversity-centred organisational development. On this very page, we will be sharing with you our developing process throughout the season 2021/22.