Thron, the successful piece from 1984 by the Dutch-Hungarian choreographer Krisztina de Châtel and the German artist VA Wölfl, will be repeated in October 2017. Today’s audience will have a 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.

VA Wölfl, who opened Julidans in 2011 and 2014 with his company Neuer Tanz, will oversee set design and costumes for the repeat performance of Thron. Composer Patricio Wang has taken a new approach to the original score. The music, which is minimalist in style with a Latin American flavour, has been reset with greater expressivity through a dialogue with electronics in collaboration with Huib Emmer.

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

Hypnosis is a big word, but this complex minimalist dance piece exudes such clarity and concentration that one has to keep watching. (de Volkskrant)

Refreshing the music with new lighting is an absolute winner. (Trouw)

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
rehearsel director Dries van der Post
photography Robert Benschop
length 90′
premiere 26 februari 1984, Shaffy Theater, Amsterdam
repeat premiere 3 oktober 2017, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

Thron is a co-production by De Châtel sur Place (Amsterdam) and Neuer Tanz (Düsseldorf).


See the trailer

Trailer Thron

Tour dates

3 October, premiere
Amsterdam, Stadsschouwburg
4 October
Amsterdam, Stadsschouwburg
12 October
Utrecht, Podium Hoge Woerd
20 October
Drachten, Schouwburg De Lawei
22 October
Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum
24 October
The Hague, Theater aan het Spui
25 October
Heerlen, Parkstad Limburg Theaters
26 October
Leeuwarden, SSB De Harmonie
31 October
Haarlem, Toneelschuur

9 November
Rotterdam, TR Schouwburg
15 November
Alkmaar, Theater De Vest
18 November
Middelburg, Schouwburg

1 December
Nijmegen, LUX
2 December
Almere, Corrosia Theater, Expo & Film
6 December
Breda, Chassé theater
14 December
The Hague, Gemeentemuseum (private)

dates are subject to change