Documentary

Filmmakers Manon Lichtveld and Bas Westerhof made the documentary Een uitzinnige beheersing. Leven en dans van Krisztina de Châtel. (‘A frenzied control. Krisztina de Châtel’s life and dance’), which will première on 15 March in EYE, Amsterdasm during Cinedans.

As part of the documentary, the directors travel back to de Châtel’s childhood home in Budapest. Here they seek out the source of what they describe as de Châtel’s ‘frenzied control’. Gradually it becomes clear that this trait may be the result of the constant struggle between her disciplined upbringing and her unbridled urge for expression. The documentary is a unique glimpse into the life and motives of a tenacious choreographer.

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Een uitzinnege beheersing

Vlucht

Vlucht

The short dance film Vlucht (‘Flight’) by director and writer Wiam Al-Zabari and choreographer Krisztina de Châtel will premiere on Sunday 18 March in EYE Amsterdam as part of the dance film project De Wolf Danst! at Cinedans. Het Mediafonds, the public broadcaster NTR, Cinedans and the Netherlands Film Fund jointly initiated this interdisciplinary dance film project: a combination of an independent dance film and a high-quality artistic documentary.

Director Wiam Al-Zabari and choreographer Krisztina de Châtel both fled their home country in the past. In the film, a group of dancers flee from a typical Dutch village and fight their way through the forests and over the dunes to the sea. Nature proves to be an unpredictable opponent during their quest for freedom and safety.

The film will be shown together with Dance or Die, a documentary by Roozbeh Kaboly about Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh who fled to the Netherlands. Both films will also be shown on NTR.

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Thron

Thron, the successful piece from 1984 by the Dutch-Hungarian choreographer Krisztina de Châtel and the German artist VA Wölfl, has been repeated in 2017 and will return in 2018. Today’s audience has the chance to discover this first-class de Châtel choreography, a classic of Dutch modern dance, with a new cast of dancers.

“More than 30 years after its 1984 première, Krisztina de Châtel’s minimalist ballet Thron is still rock solid.” (NRC *****)

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