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.
History of the name MOPS
Created by the choreographer and multidisciplinary Swiss artist Ela Franscella for more than ten years,
MOPS_DanceSyndrome - unique in Europe - is composed only of down dancers (Trisomy 21) and it’s recognised
for its quality and professionalism by Pro Helvetia – the Swiss Foundation for Culture, Danse Suisse, the
and others. A recent winner of a further acknowledgement in the shape of the
Pro Ticino Award 2018, the association 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 co-evolution, promoting activities and exchanges worldwide.
The dance company currently 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 a 52 minutes documentary has also been broadcasted by RSI - Radiotelevisione Svizzera italiana La danza dei MOPS by Mirto Storni.