Indomitable forest fires, rising sea levels and extreme drought: the effects of man’s destruction of nature, the planet, as symbolised by the round earthen wall in Föld, have taken on worrying proportions. We see the consequences and make them tangible in this choreography. Not virtually, not with the glass of a screen in between, but viscerally, with bare hands, mud and sweat. Föld is an ode to physical power, to the overcoming of obstacles. But also a confrontation with exhaustion, an endless battle.

“With Föld Krisztina de Châtel has created a brilliant allegory about the eternal struggle between man and nature.” (Algemeen Dagblad, 26 June 1985)

Föld, Hungarian for earth, was made in 1985 for the Holland Festival. The press at the time declared it the ‘highlight’ of the festival, and the Föld has by now become one of the reference points of Dutch modern dance. The choreography also drew praise abroad, with performances in Canada, Croatia, Hungary and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.


Every repeat performance creates new challenges for choreographer Krisztina de Châtel. She says it is not only a wonderful notion. Iin the book Dans! Denk! by Désanne van Brederode she says it like this: “… it is also nice to get a chance to work on repeat performances and to breathe new life, fresh air and breath into old work, to discover a whole new world in the patterns and movements that were conceived so many years ago.”

With this repeat performance, the choreographer is again challenged to explore Föld in today’s context. As visual artist Conrad van de Ven, who developed the idea of the earthen wall, says: “The basic assumption in the 1980s was the struggle, the energy and the perseverance, where the earthen wall was the object that had to be destroyed. (…) Now, in this new time, nature itself is the main theme as it is subjected to devastating changes.”

“But above all, the piece exudes an enormous physical vitality. The dancers literally transcend human limitations. One leaves the theatre feeling confused and bruised in every sense. But that is the purpose of theatre.” (Politiken, Danmark)

choreography Krisztina de Châtel
concept stagedesign Conrad van de Ven 
music Philip Glass: Another look at harmony – Part IV
dance Björn Bakker, Alkis Barbas, Gijs Hanegraaf, Luigi Imperato, Ivan Montis, Sebastian Pickering Pedersen
interns Zeen Dahbour, Dan Radulescu
photography Sigel Eschkol
premiere 24 June 1985, Amstelkerk, Amsterdam


Tour dates

May 2022
9 – Amsterdam, ITA
10 – Amsterdam, ITA
18 – Hengelo, Shouwburg Hengelo

June 2022
3 – Alkmaar, Karavaan Festival
4 – Alkmaar, Karavaan Festival
5 – Alkmaar, Karavaan Festival
6 – Alkmaar, Karavaan Festival

July 2022
2 – Houten, Loeren Festival
15 – Amsterdam, Vondelpark

August 2022
29 – Goes, Zeeland Nazomerfestival
30 – Goes, Zeeland Nazomerfestival

October 2022
1 – Maastricht, Nederlandse Dansdagen
2 – Maastricht, Nederlandse Dansdagen

dates subject to change