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Side B: Adrift

Gabriela Carrizo The missing door
Franck Chartier The lost room
Franck Chartier The hidden floor

The performances in this programme have taken place in season 2017-2018. 

The work of creators Gabriela Carrizo and Franck Chartier requires enormous physical strength of the NDT 1 dancers. In Side B: Adrift existing works The missing door (2014) and The lost room (2015) are complemented by a third work (The hidden floor), resulting in a trilogy that underscores NDT’s theatrical character.

The missing door by Carrizo shows two parallel dimensions interweaving fantasy and reality. The work was described by Parool as an “entertaining, highly intelligent mix of suspense and slapstick, superb timing, wild west and horror atmospheres.”

In line with Carrizo’s work Chartier created the critically acclaimed choreography The lost room. The piece is timeless, infinite and boundless at the same time; a melancholic nostalgia for the future. For The lost room, Chartier received the 2016 Swan award for ‘most impressive dance production’.

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Programme order

The missing door – Gabriela Carrizo
The lost room – Franck Chartier
The hidden floor – Franck Chartier

Duration: 2 hours, including 1 intermission in the theatre hall and 1 regular intermission

Performance dates

Season 2017-2018 | October 5 – December 21, 2017
The Hague, Amsterdam, Zwolle, Leeuwarden, Eindhoven, Heerlen


In this performance


In a constant search for crossovers between dance, theatre, art and life, Gabriela Carrizo stages a powerful and risk-taking performance in which the dancers are challenged to delve into apparent characters, requiring a high sensitivity and compassion of the dancers. By intertwining fantasy and reality, Carrizo shows the audience two parallel dimensions. We are witnessing the last minutes of a life, which take place in the twilight zone between life and death. The dying man anxiously tries to find their way through the intricate maze of his thoughts. While soundscapes of everyday noises turn into lost rhythms, the man performs a lonely battle with time, space, and those who are absent.

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'The missing door' by Gabriela Carrizo. Dancer: Cesar Faria Fernandes.

A surreal thriller compared to which Twin Peaks seems toddler television.

on The missing door
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'The lost room' by Franck Chartier. Dancers: Ema Yuasa.

Memories are often not a literal reproduction of the past, but instead rely on constructive processes that are sometimes prone to error and distortion. We think we remember correctly, but then it turns out we’ve given shape to a story as we see it in present or even future time. Franck Chartier’s piece centers around the idea of how present and future events are capable of influencing the past, our memories and our ability to remember. The piece follows in line of The missing door, only this time, we find ourselves on a ship at sea, where freedom and entrapment go hand in hand. In a labyrinth of rooms and corridors several stories are told simultaneously. Characters seemingly exist in every time and every place and at the same time are timeless, infinite and boundless. In that respect, The lost room could be seen as a melancholic nostalgia for the future. With this work Chartier won de Zwaan for ‘most impressive dance production 2016’.

Charming that Nederlands Dans Theater adds a sequel by Frank Chartier to this strong example of surrealistic imagination by choreographer Gabriela Carrizo.

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over The lost room
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'The hidden floor' by Franck Chartier. Dancers: Cesar Faria Hernandes, Chloe Albaret.

The hidden floor portrays different characters who find themselves on the boat drifting aimlessly in a labyrinth of overwhelming nature. We find a woman who’s quest for love gets lost and forgotten. The boat acts as the common denominator between these vastly diverse personas. It carries a thin thread of hope on route to their collective destiny as the travelers compete with the unstoppable force of nature. They slowly surrender themselves to the state of being adrift.

The typical mix of magic, effects, slapstick, and contortion – all honour to the technique and the dancers! – is very bombastic this time. But the suspense is perfect.

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on The hidden floor

The dancers on 'Side B: Adrift'

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Lydia Bustinduy.
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Dancer: Spencer Dickhaus.

“Gabriela and Franck helped me to further understand the idea that physicality should be triggered by honest emotion, if one wants to enter the realm of meaningful artistry.

In their world, you are never completely sure of what is real and what is delusion. With this new creation from Franck, I found myself unable to predict what was going to happen next, for he managed to bring me into the most hidden places of my thoughts, and left me wondering if those were actual memories or if they didn’t happen at all.

I could find the most beautiful meaning of things in hell, and only frustration in paradise, or simply drift in uncertainty with complete trust.

But perhaps the most enchanting part of Franck’s work, is the realization that we do not exist without someone else… With our differences, strong characters and sometimes lack of patience, we unite to shape a new reality, as we understand that we are part of something truly special.”


“This process with Franck has been full of exploration, full of progress that’s immediately followed by frustration, and hilarity that’s only born from exhaustion.

It’s been filled with uncountable attempts to achieve the impossible and only a few mistakes that conquer it. But mostly, it’s been filled with the unrelenting dedication to unleash whatever lies in that vast emotional void that we keep safely locked up in the bottom of our guts. It’s been dedicated to physicalizing the visions we didn’t want anyone else to know we’ve already imagined so many times before; the death of love, the weight of failure or the self mutilation that
consumes us.

Extreme pleasure and pain were always present as we chewed our way through these images, ideas and fantasies. Moments are years and time stands still, and in the end, we’ve found ourselves at the bottom of the rabbit hole in this program. I couldn’t think of a better place to be at this time in the world.”

Programme booklet

Programme booklet (NDT 1 | Side B: Adrift)