She grew up in the Glarus mountains and knew at age 7 that she wanted to be a dancer, even though until then she had mainly only seen cows dancing (which she found incredibly inspiring). Her remarkable path took her from the beautiful mountains to the equally wonderful world of dance. She has been touring Switzerland and the rest of the world with her company Brigitta Schrepfers SOMAFON for over 20 years and has been awarded multiple prizes. Her works shine a light on social reality and include Onkel & Tanzen, Eigenbrötler, Les amuse bouches, Girls Games, Vollfett & Fliegengewicht. Particularly striking is her use of movement to express innovation, dynamic creativity and humour.
She teaches dance, technique & improvisation part-time at the Zurich University of the Arts.
In 2019, she was awarded the Glarus Nord municipality’s culture prize in her home canton.
Three questions for Brigitta
To be or not to be! Have you ever faced this question in your life?
As a dancer, I learnt very early to get by with very limited financial resources. That was a matter of survival. When in my mid-30s I was close to a burnout and sought career advice, I realised: I couldn’t give up my passion for dance. What I needed to find was a balance between art and money. After following a professional development course in ‘dance culture’ at the University of Bern, I took on more dance work in art and aesthetic education.
Have you ever had pension role models?
Pension provision?! Dance is an art which lives very much in the moment. And I was happy if I had enough to get by. Even the question of where I saw myself in three year’s time wasn’t my thing. Luckily I then met an insurance advisor who showed me how flexible pension models are. Since then I’ve been paying in.
What pensions advice would you offer your younger self?
Dance, communicate, create, perform as long as the urgency is there. That’s a great idea until you start to think about pensions. Then sort out your pension and get good advice.