Welcome to the 26. BeJam in Berne : 6th - 10st June 2019

Dear dancer.
We are happy to move together with you at the 26th edition of the BeJam. We will meet again at PROGR , centre for culture production, in the heart of Bern. Same time, same place: We dance four days on Pentecost.

This year there will be a new pre-jam on Thursday evening for local and early arriving participants. We are happy that the early dancers support us on Friday morning for 2 hours to set up the jam space. From Thusday to Friday there is a studio and the big space for sleeping available. Sometimes during the evening, there will be snacks available to repower the jamming.

The dance takes place in a big and two smaller studios. The big space is generally free for jamming, in the small studios labs with specific topics and scored dance-time will take place. The focus on self-responsibility, attentiveness and pleasure full dancing remains the same as the years before.

Thursday Pre-jam open to early arrivers
arrival in space from 17:00 on,
18:00 Jam start


11:00 - 13:00 prepare the jam space with support from early arrivers

Arrival in the PROGR from 14:00 on
14:30 to 17:00 ScoreJam (if you participate be punctual, no admittance after 14:30)
from 18:00 on: Registration & dinner (buffet)
20:00 Opening circle, warmup & Jam in the old aula


09:00 - 10:00 breakfast
10:30 - 12:30 Warmup to Jam
13:00 - 14:00 lunch
from 14:15 on free jam and one-to-one's in the old aula,
         scored sessions and labs in the smaller studios
19:00 - 20:00 dinner
from 20:30 on : free jamming in the old aula


09:00 - 10:00 breakfast
10:30 - 12:30 Warmup to Jam
12:30 - 13:30 lunch
from 14:00 on free jam in the old aula, labs & scored sessions in the smaller studios
19:00 - 20:00 dinner
from 20:30 on free jamming in the old aula


09:00 - 10:00 breakfast, brunch-buffet until 13.00
10.30 - 13.00 Warmup to Jam
13.00 - 13.30 personal material clean up
13.30 - 14.30, clean up, ending circle
15.00 end of the jam

Labs are time-vessels of 2 hours, that will be held in a small studio for 10 to 15 people. Each labs has a topic/structure and will be facilitated. Examples of topics : River and liquid; Handicap; Jump & Catch; ... If you have wishes or a suggestion for a lab, describe your idea on the registration form.

Sleep and presence...
There is a number of overnight stay-possibilities in the studios available. Please bring your sleeping bag and a mat if you would like to sleep in the PROGR. The experience from last years: it can get noisy at night - we are in the middle of the city. Whoever prefers to sleep in a tent or under the free sky can place a reservation at the campsite Eichholz. Moreover, there is the Youthhostel Berne in about 10 minutes walking distance (see also links at the very bottom of the page).

Between dancing and meal and dancing again, the river Aare presents itself for strolling, chill out and a fresh bath. The Aare is attainable in 5 minutes by foot.

Food: We provide meals and snacks with many fruits and vegetables.

We look forward to dance with you in Bern,

This years BeJam-Team Peter Aerni, Tinu Hettich, Manou Blanchard-Russi, Adrian Russi, Vanessa

Costs & insurance

The jam fee for the 4-day jam is 160 Euro for dancers living outside of switzerland and CHF 220.- for swiss movers (residence). Included in the jam fee are meals, snacks inbetween the dances and overnight stay at the studios. Like the years before, it's our wish that participants register for the whole jam. Part-time participation at a reduced price is only exceptionaly possible and has to be discussed with the jam team beforehand.

To ease the registration upon arrival, we ask you to wire the full jam fee right after your online registration. In case you are not able to participate, we will reimburse your payment minus €30 back to you. Cancelation the week before the jam will result in a 50% payback. Short term registrants to the jam who pay cash upon registration pay €175 / SFr240.-

Please make sure you have insurance coverage (have a look at safety rules & liablity disclaimer).


We are very happy if the jam is enriched by the presence of children of every age. Inside and around the PROGR there is space. The river Aare with its walking pathes is in 5 minutes walking distance. We understand that the parents perceive responsibility for their own children anytime. Especially outside the PROGR campus children should be accompaigned by an adult. Children are welcome in the dance space as long they can adapt to the atmosphere and respect the present moments of the dancing.

Cooperation & reduction of the jam fee

Together we will take care of the everyday tasks like sweeping the studios, help in the kitchen, preparing the meals. Come prepared to help one to two hours during the four days jamming by working in the kitchen, walk with a saucepan up the stairs and/or sweep the studios :)

As every year, we will be happy to have additional helping hands during the jam. We can offer a limited amount of work-study places. Work-studies can participate at the jam for half of the jam fee in exchange of 6 hours of work during the jam. If you would like to participate but can not afford the jam fee please apply for a work-study place on the online application form.

Registration & questions

You can register using the registration form on the internet (click here)

Your registration is only valid after your payment and the confirmation by the jam team. We may deny your participation due to too many registrations or for other reasons.

During the jam, we are attainable on the following mobile-numbers (for emergencies) :
Peter Aerni +41-78-767 47 03
Adrian Russi +41-79-600 87 80
Tinu Hettich +41-76-428 80 32

How do I find my way to the PROGR?

The PROGR is situated in a 5 minutes walking distance from the main train station in Bern. Have a look at this map for directions. If you ask someone for directions mention simply "PROGR or restaurant Turnhalle", almost all bernese people will be able to expel the way.

Important: No parking places are available on the terrain. Parking in the city centre is only possible for quite expensive fees. We recommend to travel by public transportation. A park-possibility exists in 10 minutes walking distance and costs 4 Euro per day. Whoever is interested in this option please note it on the registration form.

You can find detailed map information on Google-Maps at this link : Map around the PROGR on maps.google.com or as PDF-file here.

For train information visit the following websites :
Web page of the Swiss Railway Company : www.sbb.ch
Web page of the German Railway Company : www.bahn.de
Arrival-railway station is "Bern main train station"

Camping place camping Eichholz & youth hostel

The campsite "Eichholz" is about 30 minutes by foot from the PROGR and situated out in the green right by the river shore.
Info's and pictures at www.campingeichholz.ch, reservation by telephone at +41-31-961 26 02 or by email info@campingeichholz.ch

There are further overnight stay-possibilities available at the youth hostel Berne, which can be reached in 10 minutes by walking from the PROGR. Info's and pictures on the internet at www.youthhostel.ch, reservation by telephone : +41-31-326 11 11 or by email bern@youthhostel.ch

If you prefer a backpackers, couch surfing or a bed and breakfast solution for your stay in Berne, the following links may be helpful: