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Start Again

Gabriela Carrizo The missing door
Franck Chartier The lost room
Sol León & Paul Lightfoot Stop-Motion

The performances in this programme have taken place in season 2015-2016.

Start Again unites two powerful choreographic duos, Gabriela Carrizo and Franck Chartier, and Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. In their own unique and intrinsic dance language, they share a common desire to take artistic risks while leaning on theatrical elements. In Stop-Motion (2014) by NDT house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, eight dancers portray the emotion, confusion and abrupt change in a process of farewell and transformation. In The missing door (2013) Gabriela Carrizo stages a powerful and risk-taking performance in which dancers are challenged to delve into apparent characters, requiring an extremely high sensitivity and compassion.

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Programme order

The missing door – Gabriela Carrizo
The lost room – Franck Chartier
Stop-Motion – Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Intermissions: 1 short intermission in the theatre hall, 1 intermission in the foyer

Performance dates

Season 2015-2016 | October 1 – November 26, 2015
The Hague, Breda, Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Tilburg, Maastricht, Venlo, Rotterdam

In this performance


In a constant search for crossovers between dance, theatre, art and life, Gabriela Carrizo stages powerful and risk-taking performance in which dancers are challenged to delve into apparent characters, requiring an  extremely high sensitivity and compassion of the dancers. The missing door premiered on December 6, 2013 and received critical acclaim. By intertwining fantasy and reality, Carrizo shows two parallel dimensions in this creation. We witness the last minutes of a life, which take place in the twilight zone between life and death. The dying man anxiously tries to find his way through the intricate maze of his thoughts. While soundscapes of everyday sounds turn into lost rhythms, he performs a lonely battle with time, space, and those who are absent.

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'The missing door' by Gabriela Carrizo. Dancer: Roger Van der Poel.

Argentinean born Gabriela Carrizo (1970, Córdoba) independently worked on an array of projects, danced for Les Ballets C de la B / Alain Platel in La Tristeza Complice (1995) and Iets op Bach (1997) and collaborated with Koen Augustijnen for Portrait intérieur (1994) before founding the Brussels-based collective Peeping Tom in 2000, together with Franck Chartier.

Amusing, extremely intelligent mix of suspense and slapstick, sublime timing, western and horror atmosphere (…) This is dance that speaks to the imagination.

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on The missing door
Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'The lost room' by Franck Chartier. Dancers: Meng-ke Wu, Marne van Opstal.

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 new piece for NDT 1 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 Gabriela Carrizo’s 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.

Choreographer Franck Charier (1967, France) worked on duos with Ine Wichterich and Anne Mouselet and he appeared in Needcompany productions (Tres, 1995) and les ballets C de la B: La Tristeza Complice (1997), Wolf (2002) and many more. In 2000 he founded the Brussels based collective Peeping Tom in 2000, together with Gabriela Carrizo.


In their 26 years as a choreographic duo, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have built a rich repertoire of over fifty ballets which show a wide range of compelling pieces that, however diverse, share a strong, innovative artistic voice. Stop-Motion was created by the NDT house choreographers for the NDT 1 repertoire. The ballet premiered on January 29, 2014. On melancholic music by Max Richter, seven dancers depict a process of farewell and transformation. As ephemeral as the dust, they grace the stage like ghosts or spirits that light up and fade out. In this way, many elements in Stop-Motion address the notions of past and future and how they merge into the present. This is reinforced by large screens that show delayed video projections, which include their daughter Saura.

Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Choreography: 'Stop-Motion' by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot.

Sol León (Córdoba, Spanje) and Paul Lightfoot (Kingsley, England) started creating together 26 years ago. Since then the duo have created more than fifty pieces for the company. In 2002 they were appointed house NDT’s choreographers. Together they have won prestigious awards, such as the Benois de la Danse and the Herald Archangel.

Beautiful images of mind-blowing dance (…) Dance as a visual poem in which design and music determine the iambic and where the dancers bring metaphors and emotions to live.

on Stop-Motion

Programme booklet & Music

Programme booklet (NDT 1 | Start Again)