The drama of a moment on stage is fleeting, but its traces can be found in written documents, video recordings, sketches and drawings, models and objects. These must be preserved in such a way that they can be viewed and used by present and future generations. Ultimately, the foundation sees itself as an institution serving not only the interests of scholarship and research but also artistic creation and the promotion of dance and theatre arts in society.
SAPA was created on 1 January 2017 from the merger of two institutions:
- The Swiss Dance Archive which, in turn, resulted from the merger of the Archives suisses de la danse (founded in 1993 by Jean Pierre Pastori in Lausanne) and the tanz.ch media library (founded in 2005 by Wolfgang Brunner and Eva Richterich in Zurich).
- The Swiss Theatre Collection STS, founded in 1927 as a private initiative by theatre- makers, was transformed into a foundation in 1978 (with three public foundation supporters and the Swiss Society of Theatre Arts SGTK as co-founder).
Short portrait of the SAPA Foundation
Use this link to download the statutes of the SAPA Foundation: Statutes
SAPA Foundation annual reports: