Voltage Control II

VoltageControl II

In the 1970’s Krisztina de Châtel became acquainted with the minimal music of composers such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich. She was also interested in the work of Dutch composers with a minimal approach such as Thom Willems, Warner van Es, Patricio Wang and Simeon ten Holt. For her first two choreographies she chose Glass. In combination with the music a sober dance language developed; esthetical, truly minimal dance.

From the start she included (visual) artists in her work. For Voltage Control II she invited lighting artist Menno Dieperink to work with her.

One of the dancers, Toska ten Kate, about her pioneering days with the group: ‘At the time there were few dancers who wanted to perform modern dance. I liked the creation process especially, the figuring-out part; the tours I liked less. To dance on minimal music was of course very innovative. I totally went for Krisztina de Châtel’s group, because I knew that what she made was good.’

Voltage controlled temperaments

premiere 2 February 1978, Toneelschuur, Haarlem
choreography Krisztina de Châtel
dance Krisztina de Châtel
music Lodewijk de Boer
stagedesign Menno Dieperink
light Carlus Koopman
costumes Marianne Strategier
photography Bob van Dantzig

Variegated tesselation

premiere 2 February 1978, Toneelschuur, Haarlem
choreography Krisztina de Châtel
dance Cari Garcia, Mickey de Haan, Toska ten Kate, Miki Ohlsen
music Philip Glass – Music in Twelve Parts, Part 2
stagedesign Menno Dieperink
light Carlus Koopman
costumes Marianne Strategier