ROTES VELO invites you on an odyssey through space and time, when fantastic creatures still served cartographers to represent unexplored territories....
"Hic sunt dracones" is the inscription that was originally used on medieval maps to denote unexplored areas. Dragons, sea snakes or other beasts were used by cartographers to push the feared myths on their maps to the periphery.
Unlike the medieval ones, our cartographers have a more cynical approach to the unknown:
the more we know and understand, the less space we leave on our maps for the imaginations and wonders of our world.
In TERRA INCOGNITA the main character leaves his familiar birthplace, following an oracular dream into the vast, unknown world. Fantastic creatures and mythical beings point the way in search of love, death and the meaning of life.
The piece is a poetic Odyssey, a "return trip", as an antidote, in which our maps are again populated with dragons, sea snakes and fantastic creatures.
Emilio H. Díaz Abregú, Exequiel Barreras
Viva Foster, Hella Immler,
Yannick Badier/Petr Nedbal,
Emma Skyllbäck, Jack Widdowson
Emilio H. Díaz Abregú
DIRECTION ASSISTANTS INTERNS:
Celina Von Moos, Mona Rüegg
Jacques Erlanger, Liselotte Hunziger-Kraessig, Hella Immler
Terra Incognita / 2019-20
19. FEB 20:00 - PREMIERE Südpol, Luzern
20. FEB 20:00 - Südpol, Luzern
21. FEB 20:00 - Südpol, Luzern
16. OCT 20:30 - Tojo Reitschule, Bern*
17. OCT 20:30 - Tojo Reitschule, Bern
18. OCT 19:00 - Tojo Reitschule, Bern
20. OCT 20:00 - Grabenhalle, St. Gallen*
21. OCT 20:00 - Grabenhalle, St. Gallen*
23. OCT 20:00 - Kulturhaus Helferei, ZH*
24. OCT 20:00 - Kulturhaus Helferei, ZH
30. OCT 20:00 - Theater am Gleis, Winti
01. NOV 18:00 - TanzRaum, Herisau
*plus school performance in the morning
Kanton Appenzell Ausserrhoden
Fuka Fonds Luzern
RKK Regionale Konferenz Kultur Luzern
Gemeinde Wohlen, Bern
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Dance for All Fondation
Berthold Suhner Stiftung
Else V. Sick Stiftung
PlakaTier Werbung Bern
- 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.
- 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
- JACK WIDDOWSON
Performerwas born in Bath in 1992 and completed his education in 2011 at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. From 2011 to 2013 he completed a Masters course at the London Contemporary Dance School parallel to his engagement with Bern Ballet. Afterwards he danced for one year at the Staatstheater Darmstadt and from 2014-2016 at the Theater St. Gallen. He now works as a freelance dancer throughout Europe. He enjoys working as a teachers assistant and rehearsal director when the opportunities arise and has just begun training to become a Pilates Instructor. He performed in following productions of ROTES VELO company: Alles Gueti, Pit Stop or the Lollipop Man, Ich bin ... Punk?, Revolution DADA and co-directed the production Kinderaugen in 2021. http://jackwiddowson.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
- PETR NEDBAL
Performerwas born in 1992 in the Czech Republic and danced from early on at the conservatory Duncan Center in Prague. He completed his studies at the conservatory with the CiS (Certified Specialist). Already at that time he was invited to the Pillole Festival in Milan with his own piece. In 2013, he was accepted by the Jose Limon Institute in New York, where he gained his first extended experience as a professional dancer abroad. He then studied at the Art Academy in the Netherlands and graduated as a dancer and choreographer with a bachelor's degree. As a representative of the Czech Republic, he traveled to China and to the East European Summer Dance Camp, where he represented his country in a dance-like manner from traditional to contemporary dance. In the season 2017-18 he was a stagiaire at the Tanzkompagnie Konzert Theater Bern. Lively in Bern, he works as a freelance dancer with choreographers such as Marcel Leemann, Joshua Monten Dance Company and for the ROTES VELO Kompanie.
- Viva Foster
Performerwas born in England and grew up in Dunedin, New Zealand. At sixteen she moved to Australia to study at the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne. Once completing her studies she performed with Chunky Move for their site specific work It Sounds Silly, and undertook placements with Australian Dance Theatre (Adelaide) and Stephanie Lake. Since returning to the U.K., Viva has completed her Masters in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and was a member of Transitions Dance Company, touring works by Charles Linehan, Oded Ronen and Cristian Duarte throughout the U.K. and Europe. Most recently she has been working as an aerial performer, specialising in vertical wall and bungee-assisted dance with Wired Aerial Theatre and as a stunt performer in Carmen (Bregenzer Festspiele).
- YANNICK BADIER
Performer / singerwas born in Marseille/France in 1981 and received his dance training at the Conservatoire de Danse in Avignon. He received his first engagement at the Graz Opera. This was followed by the Metros Company in Barcelona, and a period in Berlin where he worked as a freelance dancer. In 2008 and 2009 he participated in the coaching project for choreographers Siwic in Zurich under the direction of Jochen Heckmann and Philippe Saire. From 2009 to 2012 he was a member of the dance company at the Theater St. Gallen. During this time he began his vocal training, among others with Scot Weir (ZhdK Zurich). Yannick left St.Gallen in 2012 and moved to Basel, where he continued his career as a classical singer and dancer. He is currently receiving vocal advice from Heidi Brunner and can be heard on opera stages (Avenches Opéra, Free Opera Company Zurich, Opéra de Fribourg, Schlosstheater Schönnbrunn in Vienna, Opéra Eclaté/FR...) and in sacred music concerts (Ensemble Orlando, Vokalensemble Voce Basel...), as a chorist as well as a soloist. Yannick likes to go beyond the scope of the theatre stage with performances he did in the Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Lokremise St Gallen, Kunstverein Freiburg/DE, Fondation Beyeler Basel... Yannick has appeared in works by choreographers such as Darrel Toulon, Francesca Harper, Gideon Oberzanek, Tamas Topolansky, Ramon Oller, Joshua Monten, Vanessa Lopez, Marco Santi, Andrea Boll, Jossi Berg/Oded Graf, Patricia Rotondaro, Marcel Leemann, Zaida Ballesteros, Exequiel Barreras, Jitti Chompee, and others.