A boxing ring, blazing white light, women fighting.
Based on a story by Argentinian writer Daniel Veronese, Exequiel Barreras' choreography addresses the subjects aggression and vulnerability but as well fortitude and beauty.
More and more people get blinded by the blazing light, they just had to look away, but it's too difficult in view of this fight fought out by three women who are already blinded. They are fighting for a special prize: for a groom. It's a ritual that has to be followed. It's a compulsion that has seized all those involved.
The Spectators who are sitting around the boxing ring get sucked straight into the mysterious world of Daniel Veronese, which allows many allusions on our present reality.
DRAMATURGY: Emilio H. Díaz Abregú
PERFORMANCE: Yannick Badier,
Zaida Ballesteros, Hella Immler,
Emma Skyllbäck, Tobias Spori
COSTUME: Flavia Somalvico
STAGE: Exequiel Barreras
Emilio H. Díaz Abregú
LIGHT: Emilio H. Díaz Abregú
DURATION: 60 Minuten
2. March 2014, Grabenhalle St.Gallen
9. / 12. March 2014, Grabenhalle St.Gallen
2. May 2014, guest performance at the dance festival St.Gallen, Grabenhalle
23. May 2014, Lokremise St. Gallen
Revival with an argentinien team:
17. /18. /19. / 20. November 2015, Espacio Callejon, Buenos Aires (ARG)
Dancers raging themselves out in the ring.
A ritual fight (…)
St.Galler Tagblatt, 28th February 2014
An impressively danced fight … an eclectic dance piece … big themes are addressed here in an intelligent and critical way … the five dancers are striking in all the disciplines and even under extreme conditions. Everything is worked out to the last detail...
St.Galler Tagblatt, 5th March 2014
«We are trying to translate the fight into new images. We do not only want to show the brutality but especially the humanity»
St.Galler Tagblatt, 9th March 2014
Women in the boxing ring.
Saiten Kulturmagazin, May 2014
More radical version at the Tanzfest (…)
Kulturförderung Kanton St.Gallen
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Arnold Billwiller Stiftung
Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung
Familien Vontobel Stiftung
- 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
- TOBIAS SPORI
Guest performerwas born in 1983 in Zollikofen near Bern. He studied dance and dance pedagogy at the Iwanson School in Munich and was a member of the dance company of the Theater St. Gallen. He founded the company Panorama Dance Theater. https://panorama-dancetheater.comPRODUCTIONS
PIT STOP or the lollipop man UPPERCUT
- 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.
- ZAIDA BALLESTEROS
Performerwas born in Granada. She studied at the Conservatorio Profesional de danza de Granada and at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt a.M. She showed her own choreographic dance and video works at various festivals in Germany, Spain and Switzerland. She worked as a dancer at the Theater Osnabrück and then at the Theater St.Gallen. Based in Cottbus/GE she is now working as freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher. https://zaidaballesteros.comPRODUCTIONS