Choreographic double bill by Krisztina de Châtel and Astrid Boons
War and conflict place women around the world in difficult situations. Their natural disposition to seek connection and harmony is at odds with their longing for independence, freedom and self-preservation.
Feminale, the choreographic double bill by Krisztina de Châtel and Astrid Boon is inspired by the assertive power, solidarity and mutual support that women in conflict zones can offer each other. In the uncertain reality of the pandemic and conflict, these women are trying to stay standing and find solid ground beneath their feet. This quest for balance in uncertain times is universally recognisable and concerns us all.
While the two works in Feminale explore the same theme, the choreographers offer their own, clearly recognisable, interpretation. The performers are dancers de Châtel previously worked with on the performance Thron. The VSCD jury wrote about them: “Though they seem identical, every dancer excels in her ability to contribute to the collective.”
Both choreographers also work with the same costume and lighting designer, creating a visual unity: the stage set with the revolving staircase is the work of conceptual master Theun Mosk; young design talent Min Li creates appealing theatrical costumes; and lighting designer Bernie van Velzen contributes to the design concepts with his extensive knowledge and experience.
choreography Krisztina de Châtel (Scala), Astrid Boons (Arise)
stage design Theun Mosk
costumes Min Li
light design Bernie van Velzen
photography Joris Jan Bos
Feminale will premiere at the beginning of February 2021 during the CaDance Festival in The Hague. After that a tour follows. Exact data will be announced as soon as possible.