The missing door

(2013) Gabriela Carrizo & Nederlands Dans Theater

The missing door (2013) was the first collaboration between Gabriela Carrizo and the dancers of NDTI. It premiered on December 6th, 2013 in Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam (NL). The piece was followed in 2015 by The lost room (Franck Chartier) and in 2017 by The hidden floor (Franck Chartier).

By intertwining fantasy and reality, Gabriela Carrizo shows two parallel dimensions in this creation. We are witnessing the last minutes of life, which take place in the twilight zone between life and death. The dying man anxiously tries to find a way through the intricate maze of his thoughts. While soundscapes of everyday sounds turn into lost rhythms, the man performs a lonely battle with time, space and those who are absent.

In 2015, The missing door toured The Netherlands and Belgium with The lost room and Stop-Motion (Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon) in the frame of Start-Again. The Belgian première took place on November 28th, 2015 at deSingel, Antwerp. In 2017, The missing door - along with Stop-Motion and Shoot the Moon (Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon) - received a Herald Angel at the 70th Edinburgh International Festival. The Herald Angels recognise excellence in Edinburgh's festivals.

Furthermore, The missing door, The lost room and The hidden floor toured together in a programme entitled Side B: Adrift. This triptych premiered on 5th October 2017 in The Hague (NL) and went on tour throughout The Netherlands.

Concept & direction Gabriela Carrizo
Creation & performance Lydia Bustinduy, César Faria Fernandes, Fernando Hernando Magadan / Spencer Dickhaus, Marne van Opstal, Roger van der Poel, Meng-ke Wu, Ema Yuasa / Rena Narumi
Artistic assistance Seoljin Kim, Anders Hellström
Sound design & arrangements Raphaëlle Latini
Light design Tom Visser
Set design Gabriela Carrizo
Costume design Gabriela Carrizo
World premiere December 6 2013, Koninklijk Theater Carré (Amsterdam, NL)
Production Nederlands Dans Theater


"Gabriela Carrizo packs the thriller as a comedy, underlining the slapstick with black humor. One wished Berlin had more such highlights."
Süddeutsche Zeitung on The missing door 01.12.2017 (in German)

"Very strange and yet so human. Between black series and a therapy session."
Res Musica on The missing door 01.12.2017 (in French)

"Wonderful how Gabriela Carrizo combines black humor with an exuberant scenic fantasy."
Der Tagesspiegel on The missing door 29.11.2017 (in German)

""The missing door […] is a surreal fantasy of the world between slapstick and horror."
Berliner Morgenpost over The missing door 28.11.2017 (in German)

"The power of each piece of the trilogy lies in the permanent unpredictability of events. […] The moments of surprise arise primarily from dance - from a seductive as well as compelling movement language that describes an overwhelmingly heightened atmosphere of psychic primal fears."
Tanz about The missing door, The lost room and The hidden floor 28.11.2017 (in German)

"The famous ingredients of the two founders of the successful Belgian collective Peeping Tom are again present: dance, acrobatics, illusionism, cinematic suspense. And mad humour. […] The theatrical qualities of the nine excellent dancers are fully used."
NRC Handelsblad about The missing door, The lost room and The hidden floor 18.10.2017 (in Dutch)

"The typical mix of magic, effects, slapstick and contortion is bombastic; the suspense is perfect. The entire piece is still worthy of the comparison with the surrealistic TV series Twin Peaks." **** (4 stars)
De Volkskrant about The missing door, The lost room and The hidden floor 11.10.2017 (in Dutch)

"These dancers delivered an incredible performance. With their bodies, they challenge the rules of dance and the laws of nature. In [The hidden floor], humour, darkness and beauty coincide in superlative degree."
Cultureel Persbureau about The missing door, The lost room and The hidden floor 06.10.2017 (in Dutch)

"Carrizo’s choreographic language is agile and sharply imaginative"
The Stage on The missing door 23.08.2017

"Choreographer Gabriela Carrizo's piece is so innovative that it would have been worthy of the great Pina Bausch herself." ***** (5 stars)
The Telegraph on The missing door 22.08.2017

"Some remarkable moves are shared among the seven players: a shimmering strobe walk, a fabulous floor bounce and most incredible of all, a repeated back bend that sends shivers up your spine."
The Guardian on The missing door 22.08.2017

"A vigorous example of surreal dance horror." **** (4 stars)
de Volkskrant on The missing door and The lost room 03.10.2015 (in Dutch)

"Dance which thoroughly shakes you up." **** (4 sterren)
Theaterkrant on The missing door and The lost room 02.10.2015 (in Dutch)

"[The missing door] is like a good Netflix series; the highly disturbing, ad-hoc relationships and events leave you wanting more."
Cultureel Persbureau on The missing door 02.10.2015 (in Dutch)

"A dazzling, extravagant experience."
Haarlems Dagblad on The missing door and The lost room 02.10.2015 (in Dutch)

"I have not seen any piece like it to date. [ ] I am not surprised NDT takes on an idea like this, and I doubt that any other group of dancers could have co-created the incredible spectacle we watched."
Bachtrack on The missing door 16.12.2013 (in English)

"A surreal thriller which makes 'Twin Peaks' feel like a walk in the park. [ ] Extraordinary how Carrizo depicts derailment in a physical way, touching upon our deepest fears and turning the whole into a hallucinatory trip.”
Trouw on The missing door 09.12.2013 (in Dutch)

"Carrizo doesn't just make dance theater, she makes a unique theater experience."
Theaterkrant on The missing door 06.12.2013 (in Dutch)


"Motion Masters"
Edinburgh International Festival 03.2017 (in English)


29 Nov - 01 Dec 2019 Zuiderstrandtheater Den Haag (NL)
05-08 Dec 2019 Internationaal Theater Amsterdam Amsterdam (NL)
11 Dec 2019 Theaters Tilburg Tilburg (NL)
13 Dec 2019 Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen Nijmegen (NL)
18 Dec 2019 Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen (NL)
20-21 Dec 2019 Zuiderstrandtheater Den Haag (NL)



06-07 Dec 2013 Koninklijk Theater Carré Amsterdam (NL)
13-15 Dec 2013 Lucent Danstheater Den Haag (NL)
19-21 Dec 2013 Lucent Danstheater Den Haag (NL)


01-03 Oct 2015 Zuiderstrandtheater The Hague (NL)
07 Oct 2015 Chassé Theater Breda Breda (NL)
09 Oct 2015 Parktheater Eindhoven Eindhoven (NL)
15-17 Oct 2015 Zuiderstrandtheater The Hague (NL)
13-15 Nov 2015 Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam Amsterdam (NL)
19 Nov 2015 Theaters Tilburg Tilburg (NL)
21 Nov 2015 Theater a/h Vrijthof Maastricht (NL)
24 Nov 2015 Theater De Maaspoort Venlo (NL)
26 Nov 2015 Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdam (NL)
28-29 Nov 2015 deSingel Antwerpen (BE)


16 Mar 2016 Teatro Romolo Valli Municipal Reggio Emilia (IT)
19 Mar 2016 13th Belgrade Dance Festival - Sava Center Belgrade (SER)


21-23 Aug 2017 Edinburgh International Festival Edinburgh (GB)
05 Oct 2017 Zuiderstrandtheater Den Haag (NL)
07 Oct 2017 Zuiderstrandtheater Den Haag (NL)
10 Oct 2017 Theater De Spiegel Zwolle (NL)
12 Oct 2017 De Harmonie Leeuwarden (NL)
18-19 Oct 2017 Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (NL)
28 Nov - 02 Dec 2017 Haus der Berliner Festspiele Berlin (DE)
07 Dec 2017 Park Theater Eindhoven Eindhoven (NL)
09 Dec 2017 Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen (NL)
19-21 Dec 2017 Zuiderstrandtheater Den Haag (NL)