«I believe that art is sheer and purest magic, hence for me all the stages are brimmed with elves, fairies, trolls and gnomes.» Exequiel Barreras

This time we dance the north – the world of myths and legends about trolls, elves, huldras and pixies. The gripping subject was devised by the internationally operating choreographer and dancer Exequiel Barreras in collaboration with dancer Emma Skyllbäck and 70 students between 10 and 50+ from the dance schools of the members of “Chur tanzt”.

We look forward to an exciting journey through the world of trolls and elves and the marvellous music from the far north by Edvard Grieg, Woodworks, Björk et al. played live by the orchestra le phénix under direction of Clau Scherrer.


Exequiel Barreras

Clau Scherrer

SOLO-DANCE: Emma Skyllbäck

DANCE ENSEMBLE: 70 dancers from the dance schools of the members of “Chur tanzt”

ORCHESTRA: orchester le phénix

STAGE DESIGN: Hannes Flopp


LIGHT DESIGN: Oliver Dähler


Melanie Häusler


DURATION: about 70 minutes

Chur tanzt: Nordwärts / 2017


6. / 7. May 2017, Theater Chur

Media reports

«It’s a journey we are doing together, and this project, working with 70 dancers in different styles, is like a dream come true», Barreras stated during a rehearsal in the theatre of Chur.

Bündner Tagblatt, 28. April 2017

To resort to Barreras as artistic director again is not least because of his love with which he is guiding and animating the dancers coming from so many different backgrounds. In this respect he indeed is a kind of national coach who has to integrate the squeamish star as well as the dribbler and the brute warhorse. (…)

Südostschweiz, 28. April 2017

Nordwärts – a rewarding (dance) journey between imagination and reality … sparks the audience with harmonious show.

Bündner Tagblatt, 8. Mai 2017I

Company members




    was born in Sweden in 1984 and received her first dance training as part of the dance scholarship program of Löftadalens Folkhögskola in Varberg. From 2005 to 2006 she studied in New York with an international student visa. Emma Skyllbäck completed her dance training in 2009 at the Iwanson Schule in Munich. From 2009-14 Emma Skyllbäck has been a member of the Dance Company of the City Theater St.Gallen. Since 2012 she also works as a singer and has her own band "the moment yes" with Raoul Nagel. Since 2016 she is a certified yoga teacher and teaches in different studios. Since 2012 she works with ROTES VELO and is seen as performer in many productions.


    Artistic director / Choreographer / Performer

    Was born in Cordoba/Argentina in 1984 and received his first dance and theatre lessons there. In 2001 the Julio Bocca and Chet Walker Foundation awarded him with a scholarship and one year later he became a member of the Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires where he danced for 7 years. Since 2005 he has been working on his own pieces, which have been shown in Argentina, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and the USA. He works in Europe since 2009. After one season as a dancer at the Landestheater Coburg, he joined the Dance Company of the Theater St. Gallen, where he was engaged as a dancer, and temporarily as assistant to the company, from 2010 to 2014 under the direction of Marco Santi and from 2014 to 2017 under the direction of Beate Vollack. From 2017-22 he was the choreographic assistant and movement dramaturge of the Dance Company Konzert Theater Bern alongside Estefania Miranda and later Isabelle Bischof. There he worked with world-renowned choreographers such as Sharon Eyal, Jo Strømgren, Eduard Clug, Cathy Marston, Bryan Arias, Ihsan Rustem, Felix Landerer among others. In 2011 he founded the ROTES VELO Kompanie with the need to bring artists from different fields together. He develops and explores innovative ways to blur the boundaries of dance, music and theatre. Since then the company has put on over 100 performances and creates one or two new productions every year. In 2016 the company was awarded "for the development and realisation of new, ambitious and high-quality projects" by the city of St. Gallen. As artistic director and choreographer in Switzerland he collaborates and creates for productions in the independent scene and at theatres such as Theater St. Gallen, Theater Chur, Konzert Theater Bern and Luzerner Theater among others.


    Performer / Artistic director / Production manager

    Born in 1983 in Massat/France. She studied dance in Berlin and at the University of the Arts "ArtEZ" in Arnhem/Netherlands. In 2008 she became a company member at the Tanztheater Osnabrück/DE and from 2009 to 2014 at the Theater St. Gallen/CH. Amongst others she danced for the choreographers Anton Lachky, Jossi Berg & Oded Graf, Jozef Frucek & Linda Kapetanea. She teaches contemporary dance and leads the professional training in St.Gallen, Basel, Dornbirn and Cologne on a regular basis. She is also a teacher at the Conservatoire de Fribourg. Since 2009 she is leading courses in dance improvisation for people aged over 50. In 2011 she co-founded the ROTES VELO Kompanie and accomplished several productions as production manager and performer. She also produced the documentary "Tanz im Alter". From 2015 to 2017 she was responsible for the general management of the Tanzfest St.Gallen. She is as well a certified Yoga teacher. She works as a freelance dancer, project manager, dance and yoga teacher and as a hospital clown for the Theodora Foundation.