In Paletta and Concave Krisztina de Châtel applies the principles of minimalism. Through the compulsive repetition of simple movements and slowly shifting patterns, she explores the theme of spatial restriction. De Châtel has developed a signature style in this domain and today her work takes up a unique position in modern dance in The Netherlands.
The décor of Paletta is centred around three high cylinders in which three women are trapped. In the first part the men seem to be caught in a rigid pattern as they move between and around the cylinders. The women on the other hand discover a wide variety of movement patterns within the constricted space of the cylinders.
premiere 22 October 1992, LAK Theater, Leiden
choreography Krisztina de Châtel
dance Pieter-Paul Blok, Ann Van den Broek, Cathy Dekker, Gilles den Hartog, Jakob Nissen, Michael Strecker, Paula Vasconcelos
music Steve Reich – Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ
stagedesign Peter Vermeulen
light Peter Romkema
costumes Rien Bekkers
photography Ben van Duin