The lost room

2015 - Franck Chartier & Nederlands Dans Theater

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. The piece of Franck Chartier 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.

In 2017, Peeping Tom and NDT will collaborate a third time for the new production Creation NDT 2017. It will be part of a tryptich with The lost room and The missing door, presented as a soirée composée titled Adrift. After the world première on October 5 in The Hague (NL), the three productions will go on tour throughout The Netherlands.

Previously, The missing door and The lost room have toured The Netherlands in October-November 2015 in the frame of "Start Again", a night which also featured Stop-Motion by Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon. The Belgian premiere took place on November 28 and 29, 2015 at deSingel, Antwerp.

The lost room has won a 'Swan most impressive dance production in 2016'! Netherlands' most prestigious dance awards, the Zwanen (Swans), are awarded each year in October, during the Festival of the Dutch Dance in Maastricht.

About The Lost Room the jury said respectively : "With The lost room Franck Chartier creates a magical realism, surreal and absurd oppressive work that opens a new world for the NDT and its audience. Chartier uses plenty of special effects, pours suspense and (macabre) humor into one barrel and turns you over with a sublime and overthrowing fragile duet."

Concept & direction Franck Chartier
Assistant to the director Yi-Chun Liu, Louis-Clément da Costa, Ander Zabala (NDT)
In co-creation with the dancers Lydia Bustinduy, Fernando Hernando Magadan, Bob Verbrugge, Roger Van der Poel, Ema Yuasa, Cesar Faria Fernandes, Chloe Albaret, Myrthe van Opstal, Meng-Ke Wu, Marne van Opstal, Anna Herrmann, Anne Jung
Music New composition by Raphaëlle Latini, Ismaël Colombani, Piano recording John Elliot Gardner
Light design Tom Visser
Set design Justine Bougerol
Costumes Yi-Chun Liu
World premiere October 1 2015, Zuiderstrandtheater (The Hague, NL)
Production Nederlands Dans Theater


"With The lost room (2015), Franck Chartier and his magic, realistic but surreal and absurd oppressive world, finds a wonderful connection with the Kylián tradition of NDT and therefore receives the 'Swan Most Impressive Dance Production'."
de Volkskrant on Swan for The lost room 08.10.2016 (in Dutch)

"Best plays and shows of 2015 according to NRC Handelsblad"
NRC Handelsblad on The lost room 30.12.2015 (in Dutch)

"The first highlight of the new season." ***** (5 stars)
NRC Handelsblad on The lost room 09.10.2015 (in Dutch)

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

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


"Flapping like Hitchcock's birds."
De Telegraaf on The lost room 01.10.2015 (in Dutch)



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)