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I’d like to save the world, but I’m too busy saving myself

I’d like to save the world, but I’m too busy saving myself explores the different roles and qualities of the individual in the midst of a demonstrating crowd. The demonstrating crowd is a gathering of persons united in protest, who aim to have an impact on the course of history. This humorous pas de deux takes a closer look at the issue of political engagement in a contemporary western society. The dance is inspired by the anonymity, the joy and energy of a shared protest, the heroism and the suffering of the faceless crowd in a political rally.

Length : 15 minutes


  • Concept : Rudi van der Merwe

  • Choreographed and performed by : Susana Panadès Diaz et Rudi van der Merwe

  • Music : Christian Garcia

  • With studio support from : Gilles Jobin, Cindy van Acker



  • 19, 21 June 2009, Fête de la Musique, Genève

  • 10, 11 March 2010, les Printemps de Sévelin, théatre Sévelin 36, Lausanne

  • 26, 27 October 2010, Question de Danse, les Bernardines, Marseilles

  • 17, 18 June 2011, Fête de la Musique, Genève (tanzfaktor)

  • 7, 8 October 2011, festival YEAH YEAH YEAH, Rote Fabrik, Zurich

  • 29, 30 October 2011, ADN, Neuchâtel (tanzfaktor)

  • 3, 5 November 2011, festival theater:now, Phönix Theater 81, Steckborn (tanzfaktor)

  • 12 November 2011, Südpol, Lucerne (tanzfaktor)

  • 24, 25 November 2011, Theater Roxy, Bâle (tanzfaktor)

  • 7 December 2011, Kurtheater Baden, Baden (tanzfaktor)

  • 20 January 2012, théâtre Octogone, Pully (tanzfaktor)

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