Krisztina de Châtel

Krisztina in de studio

Hungarian-born choreographer Krisztina de Châtel has made more than 70 choreographies and three dance films. She is driven by a rare urge for innovation, while remaining true to herself. She is open to new cultural developments and frequently seeks to collaborate with other artists. She has also initiated projects with new media and virtual space, skate boys, garbage men, dervishes and various other striking combinations.

Confrontation and struggle
In Krisztina de Châtel’s dance performances two worlds collide as fragile bodies are confronted with natural elements such as wind, earth and water. But there is also a struggle within the body itself as passion and control fight for supremacy.

In the last few years there have been significant shifts in this style and in Krisztina de Châtel’s vision of dance. For while the dancers’ technique and the work’s composition remain important, she reflects on the philosophical implications of the performance: what it says about the Zeitgeist and the world we live in. Krisztina de Châtel’s productions increasingly reflect her views of society.

Advice and support
De Châtel has always wanted to provide opportunities for young creators. The performances of Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel often included work by guest choreographers, while Krisztina gave workshops, taught in various academies and acted as an artistic advisor. She now pursues this work through the Imperium Foundation (stichting Imperium), which provides artistic and financial support to young choreographers. Read more about the Imperium Foundation.

Krisztina de Châtel is the recipient of the Sonja Gaskell Prize and the Choreography Prize of the Dutch Association of Theatre and Music Hall Directors. In recognition of her contribution to the Dutch dance field she was awarded the Prize for a choreographer’s oeuvre by the (2000) Nederlandse Dansdagen and, in 2001 de Châtel was knighted in the royal order of the Nederlandse Leeuw. In 2002 the Circle of Dutch Theatre Reviewers honoured her with the ‘Prijs van de Kritiek’. In December 2008 she received the Frans Banninck Cocq Penning from the city of Amsterdam for her merits as a choreographer in relation to Amsterdam. Also in 2010 she received, during the Dutch Dance Festival, the ‘Gouden Zwaan’ (Golden Swan) for her great contribution to the development of the modern dance in the Netherlands. In 2021 she received the Prize of Merit from the Dansersfonds ’79 for her “quirky, daring, always stunningly clever and intriguing choreographies”.

The Netherlands Society of Arts
Krisztina de Châtel has joined the Netherlands Society of Arts (KNAW) in March 2019. The Netherlands Society of Arts was founded in 2013 and now has 50 members. The Society offers a place for debate about the value of art in society and about the relationship between arts and science. The members are leading artists from across the Arts spectrum.

During a festive meeting, Krisztina de Châtel was installed together with seven other new members of the Netherlands Society of Arts, in the presence of Minister Van Engelshoven. The theme of the meeting was ‘The pupil and the master’. In a short choreography, dancer Alina Fejzo explained and showed which master qualities she sees in Krisztina.

Read more about the Academy on their website.

Artistic direction
For over 30 years, Krisztina de Châtel was the artistic director of her own dance company Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel. From 2009 to 2013 she directed the company Dansgroep Amsterdam, a city company for modern dance, together with Itzik Gallili.

From 2013 onwards she creates special performances under the name De Châtel sur Place.

Krisztia de Châtel