MOPS_DanceSyndrome is an independent Swiss artistic, cultural and social organisation operating in the field
of contemporary dance and disability, the only one of its kind in Switzerland and Europe. The association
aims at developing and promoting choreography and cinematography projects, using a specific method to offer
continuing education in contemporary dance and raising public awareness with experiences that illustrate how
what was once generally perceived as a shortcoming, can be a strength, unleash strength and become an
artistic and cultural resource, an enrichment for society. An example of inclusive culture in the european context.
on the Téléjournal 19h30 - RTS Radio Télévision Suisse.
Executive board MOPS
Created by the choreographer and multidisciplinary Swiss artist Ela Franscella
for more than ten years,
MOPS_DanceSyndrome - unique in Europe - is made up entirely of dancers with Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) and it’s recognised
for its quality and professionalism by Pro Helvetia – the Swiss Foundation for Culture, Danse Suisse, the
and others. Has received the
Pro Ticino Award 2018 and from the Federal Office of Culture (FOC) as part of the Swiss Culture Awards the acknowledgement
Performing Arts Heritage 2021.
MOPS pursues the objective of safeguarding individuals and maximising the recognition of their value through diversity, becoming the first dance company to act as an ambassador of a universal
message of respect, equality and coevolution, promoting activities and exchanges worldwide.
History of the name MOPS
Press Extract MOPS
The dance company has more than ten original choreographic productions to its credit and its
activity encompasses professional dance circuits, where it works on a par with companies of non-disabled
dancers. MOPS_DanceSyndrome takes part to international dance festivals, performing in Switzerland and
abroad, and partners with Swiss and foreign professional dance companies. In addition to contemporary dance
performances, the association had made several short art videos, directed by Ela Franscella and performed by
dancers from MOPS_DanceSyndrome, for projection at international film festivals. In 2012 has also been broadcasted
La danza dei MOPS a 52 minutes documentary by RSI - Radiotelevisione Svizzera.
Productions MOPS 2008-2021
Event index MOPS 2008-2020