Krisztina de Châtel


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Krisztina de Châtel
1st rank € 31.5 / 2nd rank € 29 / 3rd rank € 18.5 / stage € 31.5

“Föld (Hungarian for ‘earth’) is a classic in the rich body of work of Dutch-Hungarian choreographer Krisztina de Châtel. Created in 1985 for the Holland Festival, with subsequent repeat performances in theatres, in a greenhouse for roses […] and in [Amsterdam’s] Vondelpark.” Annette Embrechts, de Volkskrant

Start time: 20:00
Duration: nnb
Location: Rabozaal  

Föld © Sigel Eschkol
Föld © Sigel Eschkol

Indomitable forest fires, rising sea levels and extreme drought: the effects of man’s destruction of nature, the planet, as symbolised by the round earthen wall in Föld, have taken on worrying proportions. We see the consequences and make them tangible in this choreography. Not virtually, not with the glass of a screen in between, but viscerally, with bare hands, mud and sweat. Föld is an ode to physical power, to the overcoming of obstacles. But also a confrontation with exhaustion, an endless battle.

Föld, Hungarian for earth, was made in 1985 for the Holland Festival. The press at the time declared it the ‘highlight’ of the festival, and the Föld has by now become one of the reference points of Dutch modern dance. The choreography also drew praise abroad, with performances in Canada, Croatia, Hungary and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Every repeat performance creates new challenges for choreographer Krisztina de Châtel. She says it is not only a wonderful notion:

“… it is also nice to get a chance to work on repeat performances and to breathe new life, fresh air and breath into old work, to discover a whole new world in the patterns and movements that were conceived so many years ago.” Krisztina de Châtel in Dans! Denk!

With this repeat performance, the choreographer is again challenged to explore Föld in today’s context. As visual artist Conrad van de Ven, who developed the idea of the earthen wall, says:

“The basic assumption in the 1980s was the struggle, the energy and the perseverance, where the earthen wall was the object that had to be destroyed. (…) Now, in this new time, nature itself is the main theme as it is subjected to devastating changes.”

“But above all, the piece exudes an enormous physical vitality. The dancers literally transcend human limitations. One leaves the theatre feeling confused and bruised in every sense. But that is the purpose of theatre.” Politiken, Danmark


Premiere24 June 1985, Amstelkerk, Amsterdam
Concept stage design Conrad van de Ven
Choreography Krisztina de Chatel

Music Philip Glass: Another look of harmony- Part 4

Björn Bakker
Alkis Barbas
Gijs Hanegraaf
Ivan Montis
Sebastian Pickering Pederson
Luigi Imperato

Dan Radalescu

Photography Sigel Eschkol

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