«AN HOUR ON EARTH»
A theatrical documentary
about the end of the world
Everything can happen during an HOUR ON EARTH, everything is possible.
The end of a couple
The launch test of a missile in North Korea
The arrival to a new country of a traveller
The extinction of an old man’s heart in a motel room
The birth of a child
The dissolution of a nation
The discovery of a new vaccine
The end of the world
The premiere of a theatre performance.
AN HOUR ON EARTH operates around the borders of reality and fiction. Six performers confront different visions of a singular event in an attempt to create a collective testimony. Their goal is to reconstruct the circumstances that provoked the end of the world and the complete extinction of mankind.
Using diverse strategies the 6 performers collaborate, ambush and disrupt each other as they struggle to achieve the epic task of staging a phenomenon they do not understand.
The result is a comical, contradictory and interpellant THEATRICAL DOCUMENTARY filled with calumnies; apocryphal memories; noisy digressions; frenetic fights for the spotlight; electronic loops and drum solos; broken dances; re-starts; confessions made out loud.
With this piece the ROTES VELO continues to inquiry and question the construction of identity; exploring the way we live, breath, fear, tell stories, subvert the established order and strive to be together.
ROTES VELO says thank you!
11'036 CHF have been collected! A big thank you to the many supporters who made our tour through Switzerland possible..
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Emilio H. Díaz Abregú, Exequiel Barreras
MUSICAL DIRECTION: Raoul Nagel
PERFORMANCE: Emilio H. Díaz Abregú,
Boglárka Horváth, Hella Immler,
Raoul Nagel, Emma Skyllbäck,
Emilio H. Díaz Abregú
Eine Stunde auf Erden / 2017
Tour in Switzerland
14. December, 20:30 - Grabenhalle
15. December, 20:30 - Grabenhalle
16. December, 20:00 - Hof zu Wil
17. December, 18:00 - Hof zu Wil
11. January, 20:00 - Brückenpfeiler, Bern
12. January, 20:00 - Brückenpfeiler, Bern
14. January, 18:00 - TanzRaum, Herisau
20. January, 20:00 - Neubad, Luzern
21. January, 19:00 - Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld
27. January, 20:00 - Kulturforum, Amriswil
«It is actually impossible to reflect the end of the world», says Emilio Díaz Abregú, the artistic director of the show. It's a try to learn from an experience that doesn't exist.» (... read more)
St.Galler Tagblatt, 14th Dezember 2017
Rotes Velo makes our blood run cold (...) the complex work AN HOUR ON EARTH, the company is showing in the Attic floor of the Wiler Hof, provides a lot of material for internal thinking and external freezing. It leaves the audience impressed but with words. (... read more)
Wiler Zeitung, 16th Dezember 2017
Fragments of the end of the world
(... read more)
Saiten Kulturmagazin, 15th Dezember 2017
The actors received great applause for their stunning and impressive performance. «I liked it a lot especially what it triggered inside myself», sis the resume of a spectator. (read more)
Swisslos Kanton St.Gallen
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung
Arnold Billwiller Stiftung
Kanton Appenzell Ausserrhoden
Tisca Tiara Stiftung
Kulturpool Regio Frauenfeld
Hof zu Wil
- Aron Kitzig
Video artistAron Kitzig (1979) has been active in the art scene as a video artist since 2005. He came to dance through theatre, by working with the choreographer and director David Gierten. This has resulted in several music theatre performances. In this production he focused more and more on music, which led him to become co-founder and deputy director of the contemporary music label "Testklang e.G.". In addition, he worked for over a year in close collaboration with the composer Walter Zimmermann with John Cage and Merce Cunningham, resulting in the project "Jig for John". The increased interest in music performance which resulted from this led him to the Laizhalle where he realized the project "Spiegel" with the director Daniel Kühnel at the beginning of the reformation year 2014 and the project "Bach im Spiegel" in 2015. The director Marco Arturo Marelli became aware of him, with whom he realised the opera "Turandot" as part of the Bregenz Lake Festival. In Bulgaria he created the video for the opera "The Flying Dutchman" and in Albania the video for the opera "La Traviata". Over the years Aron Kitzig lived and worked in London as well as Paris and Madrid. He currently lives and works in Vienna.
- BOGLARKA HORVATH
Performerwas born in 1982 in Csikszereda (Romania), but she is Hungarian. In 1990 she moved with her family to Austria. She completed her acting education at the Budapest Acting Academy and the Vienna Conservatory. From 2007 to 2017 she was a member of the ensemble at the Theater St.Gallen, where she performed in numerous productions. She is a freelance actress and mother of two children.
- EMILIO H. DÍAZ ABREGÚ
EMILIO H. DÍAZ ABREGÚ
Artistic direction / Dramaturgy / Sett design / Light design / PerformerStudied theatre at the National University of Córdoba and soon started working in the theatre lighting field. This allowed him to collaborate with theatre directors such as Eugenio Barba, Diego Aramburo, Diqui James and Philipp Stölzl. In 2005 his second work as a director and playwright, Estocolmo, La Primavera de los Llorones won the Young Creators Fund Award from the Culture Ministry of Cordoba. Since then he has participated in more than 100 theatrical productions as director, playwright, performer, light, set designer and rigger. In 2010 he directed Slaughter by Sergio Blanco, which received wide recognition. At the end of 2010 the Culture Ministry of Spain awarded him a scholarship for Advanced Studies at the Centro de Tecnologías del Espectáculo. 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. At the end of 2012 he started working for the Argentinian theatre company Fuerza Bruta joining both national and international tours (Argentina 2012, China 2013, Korea 2013, 300 Tour China 2014). In 2015 he started working with the UK company Wired Aerial Theatre. This collaboration opened the doors to new exiting opportunities, such us Peter Pan at the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park London, and his participation as Head Rigger and Production Manager for the show As the World Tipped. Currently his work is divided between developing his own projects with the ROTES VELO Kompanie and his involvement in big scale productions such as the operas Carmen and Rigolleto produced by the Bregenzer Festspiele (Austria).
- EMMA SKYLLBÄCK
Performerwas 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.
- EXEQUIEL BARRERAS
Artistic director / Choreographer / PerformerWas 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 Bischoff. 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.
- FLAVIA SOMALVICO
Costume design / Settingwas born in Chur in 1988. After the preparatory design course in Aarau, she completed an apprenticeship as a theatre painter at the Theater St.Gallen. Through an assistant position with the costume designer Filippia Elísdóttir in the costume painting department at the Theater St.Gallen, she was able to gain important experience. Afterwards she got a job in the painting hall of the Theater Bern and Theater Zürich. In 2011 she worked for the first time with Exequiel Barreras for his dance piece "thirty-three", followed by a collaboration with ROTES VELO for many productions. http://flaviasomalvico.blogspot.com
- HELLA IMMLER
Performer / Artistic director / Production managerBorn 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. https://www.hellaimmler.com
- JACQUES ERLANGER
Production managerBorn in 1965 in St.Gallen/Switzerland. He is a sociologist and merchant. He lives in St.Gallen and is engaged in various cultural projects. He has been head of Visarte.Ost (administration of the association of artists of Eastern Switzerland). He co-developed the Sitterwerk St.Gallen and co-initiated the hotel-restaurant Militärkantine St.Gallen (historical Hotel 2017) and had a formative influence on its organisation and design. Since 2016 he produced several theatre shows as a freelance cultural manager. He supervises exhibitions, compiles websites and organises the funding of cultural projects. He counsels creatives of all kind and helps to start off projects from the very beginning. https://www.jacques-erlanger.ch
- RAOUL NAGEL
Musical director / performerThe singer and composer lives and works in Switzerland and Germany, where he writes and performs music for Theater and TV. Since 2017 he is responsible for the musical score of the German crime show WAPO Bodensee. Raoul Nagel sang as a frontman for the Swiss bands K-tharsis, Culture Connection and The Moment Yes and was part of the first movement of Swiss Poetry Slams. He was DJ and host at the local radio Toxic.fm, working for two different formats and producing jingles and radio plays. At the Theater St. Gallen he worked as a technician, composer and live musician. His efforts brought him to different theater houses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2016 Raoul Nagel has worked with Rotes Velo for the first time and was since then part in many projects and performances along the way, be it as performer on stage or as musical director. As media composer he produces and writes for many genres and formats, such as RBB Berlin, for radio and internet, talks shows and podcasts, commercials and image films. https://www.raoulnagel.com
- THOMAS TROXLER
Musician / performerhas been on stage as a drummer for more than 25 years. After a preparatory course at the Jazz School, a degree in political science and sociology and several years in the management of a bicycle courier company, he has been working full-time as a drummer and producer for the band Flieder and the band collective Pätschwerk since 2016. In addition, he works as a bike courier, trains Aikido and runs his own music label as part of the musicians' collective RedBrickChapel. In 2016 he took part in a movement theater production of the MovingArt collective.