The 2021 Award of Merit of the Dansersfonds ’79 goes to Krisztina de Châtel. According to the jury, she received this award because of her “quirky, daring, always very clever and intriguing choreographies”.
The Dansersfonds Prizes are the oldest Dutch dance prizes and were established on the initiative of the founders of the Dansersfonds Alexandra Radius and Han Ebbelaar. For more than forty years, the Dansersfonds has been supporting Dutch dancers with grants and prizes, among other things. The jury consisted of Marian Sarstädt, Alexandra Radius, Ine Rietstap, Karin Schnabel and Han Ebbelaar.
Krisztina de Châtel has since 1977 made more than 70 choreographies and three dance films. Contrast, confrontation and especially space are important elements in Krisztina de Châtel’s work. The result is a “coherent oeuvre of choreographies in which the effect of plus and minus sometimes seems to be cancelled out; a wonder of balanced dance”, writes critic Isabella Lanz in the anniversary book ‘Dwars door de ruimte’ (2001).
Information about all the choreographies can be found on this website. There is also a special archive website with more photos, videos and reviews. This archive is only available in Dutch.
Krisztina de Châtel
Hungarian-born choreographer Krisztina de Châtel has made around 70 choreographies and two dance films. She is driven by a rare urge for innovation, while remaining true to herself. She is open to new cultural developments and frequently seeks to collaborate with other artists. She has also initiated projects with new media and virtual space, skate boys, garbage men, dervishes and various other striking combinations.