dance, music, body wisdom from egypt

caroline chevat

Caroline is a specialist in the Egyptian dance language, Egyptian yoga and Egyptian percussion (Daff and Tabla) and has been teaching for 20 years. She is co-founder of tanz raum, producer of the label tanz raum and a member of the tanz raum company as a dancer and percussionist.

university studies

  • University of Lyon (FR), Pharmacy                              1991 - 1993
  • University of Lyon (FR), Landscape Engineering       1993 - 1997
  • University of Constance (DE), Irenology                     1997 - 1998     
  • University of Mannheim (DE), Geography                  1997 - 1998

dance, movement, percussion studies

  • Dance with Claudia Heinle, tanz raum (CH)            1995 - 2008
  • Percussion with Ibrahim El Minyawi (EGY/UK)       1995 - 2013    
  • Int. Institute of Yoga Babakar Kahne (CH)               2008 - 2012 
  • per ankh Certificate, Art of Trance (CH)                   2017 - 2018

dance education in egypt

  • Certificate Republic of Egypt - El Minya (EGY)        2008 - 2009


oral tradition in egypt 

Dance and music in Egypt have been handed down orally from generation to generation for thousands of years by families of artists who specialise in their particular field. Caroline Chevat gained her in-depth knowledge from these families, who represent different genres of music and dance in Egypt. 

  • Luxor - Murad Metqali family 
  • Cairo - El Fuad family                            
  • El Minya - Abdel Alim family

current position

  • Caroline is co-director, choreographer, dancer, percussionist and teacher with tanz raum dance company, tanz raum music label.

  • As co-director of summer dance, an international residential for Egyptian dance and music, she organizes dance education for amateurs and professionals.

  • per ankh is a modular certification programme she has co-developed to improve training and understanding of the Egyptian dance and music language.

  • She teaches at Kult-X in Kreuzlingen, ADEM in Geneva, at Le Ginkgo and gives workshops and performances in other countries.

artistic creations


2021/ 2022 Passion 

Premiere: Dreifaltigkeitskirche Konstanz (DE)
created for 1 dancers and 2 musicians 
In collaboration with Kulturamt Thurgau (CH), Kulturamt Konstanz (DE)
composition, percussion, choreography, dance


 2019 Salam II

Intercultural Performance Project 
Premiere: Garage Theatre Alexandria (EGY)
created for 16 dancers and 3 musicians 
In collaboration with Jesuit Cultural Center Alexandria
composition, percussion, choreography, dance

2019 Salam I

Premiere: Garage Theatre Alexandria (EGY) 
created for 2 dancers and 3 musicians
composition, percussion, choreography, dance
2019 Mia 
In Memoriam Hans Tschudi
Premiere: Obere Mühle Dübendorf (CH)
created for 1 dancer and 2 musicians
composition, percussion

2019 Vibrations 
Premiere: Krypta im Konstanzer Münster (DE)
created for 1 dancer and 1 musician
In collaboration with Münsterkonzerte and Kulturamt Konstanz
composition, percussion
2017 Solo Daff 

Music for frame drum I CD
composition, interpretation, production

2016 Doing Things
Premiere: K9 Theatre (DE), Theater an der Grenze (CH)
1 dancer + 2 musicians
composition, percussion

2011 Akhou
Premiere: Dreispitz (CH), Festival Interval (FR) Tanzwerkstatt (DE)
3 dancers + 2 musicians 
composition, dance, choeography, percussion
2008 Abyad
Premiere: Dreispitz (CH), 3 dancers + 2 musicians
dance, choeography, percussion


places she has performed and worked

Helferei in Zurich (CH) I St Katharinental in Diessenhofen (CH) I Garage Theatre Alexandria (EGY) I Das Trösch in Kreuzlingen (CH) I Alte Katze, in Konstanz (DE) I Artzébouille (FR) I Theater an der Grenze in Kreuzlingen (CH) I Festival la Croisée des Cultures Geneva (CH) I Festiv’été Belley (FR) I Le Mandapa Paris I Orient Folk Fest Kamnik (SL) I Inter’Val Lyon (FR) I K9 Theater Konstanz (DE) I Amala Kultur Zentroa Irun (ES) I Dreispitz Theater Kreuzlingen (CH) I Dance House Zurich (CH) I Theater Constance (DE) I Dynamo Theater Zurich (CH) I ADEM Les Ateliers d’Ethnomusicologie Geneva (CH) I CAK Center for African Culture Oslo (NO) I University of Konstanz (DE) I Tanzwerkstatt Ludwigsburg (DE) I Altigone Toulouse (FR) I Festival tanz rausch, Zurich (CH) I Oriente in Movimiento Bologna (IT) I Kathawat Forli (IT) I Festival des vertes et des pas mûres, Ambérieu en Dombes (FR) 

dance & percussion teaching

Caroline is a passionate and generous teacher who works with professionals as well as amateurs of all age groups. She shares her knowledge with conviction, humour, spirit and kindness.

collaboration with other companies 

Al Fajr dance company (FR, EGY)                                         

As Sayef dance company (SWE)
Tzigana dance company (ES)
Street Melody, Klezmer Music (FR, DE)