Thron, the successful piece from 1984 by the Dutch-Hungarian choreographer Krisztina de Châtel and the German artist VA Wölfl, has been restaged 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.

Thron builds on the minimalism of de Châtel’s previous work, including Lines (1979), combining this with a more individualised approach to the dancers. Thron is about pent-up strength, incredible devotion and an ever-more vehement controlled energy in a magical struggle with time.

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

This complex minimalist dance piece exudes such clarity and concentration that one has to keep watching. (de Volkskrant ★★★★)

The five dancers from Thron were nominated for the Zwaan (Swan) most impressive dance performance 2018.

choreography Krisztina de Châtel
set design and costumes VA Wölfl
music Patricio Wang
electronics Huib Emmer
dance Marina Bilterijst, Gilda Federica Cesario, Alina Fejzo, Mariagrazia Nacci, Martina Orlandi
understudy Federica Panariello
rehearsel director Dries van der Post
light design Bernie van Velzen
realisation sculpture Norbert Schmitz
photography Robert Benschop
premiere 26 February 1984, Shaffy Theater, Amsterdam
restaging premiere 3 October 2017, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

Thron is a co-production by De Châtel sur Place (Amsterdam) and Neuer Tanz (Düsseldorf) and is made possible with the financial support of the Performing Arts Fund NL and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.


See the trailer

Trailer Thron

Tour dates

October 2018
13 – Maastricht,
ANSI / Dutch Dance Festival
18 – Leiden,
Theater Ins Blau
19 – Dordrecht,
27 – Assen,
Theater DNK
30 – Haarlem,
31 – Ede,
Cultura Ede

November 2018
1 – Amsterdam,
2 – Roermond,
ECI Cultuurfabriek
3 – Amstelveen,
Theater Griffioen
5 – Utrecht,