The hidden floor

(2017) Franck Chartier & Nederlands Dans Theater

The hidden floor is a creation by Franck Chartier with the dancers of NDTI. With this short piece, they are completing the triptych that started with The missing door (Gabriela Carrizo, 2013) followed by The lost room (Franck Chartier, 2015).

The piece addresses some of the themes that were already present in the previous two productions: the memory, the disruption of time. The characters find themselves in a public space, maybe a restaurant, taken over by nature. They are experiencing their final moments as the water slowly starts to rise. Holding on to their last hope, they try to survive and find a way out, not only physically but also mentally.

The hidden floor premiered on October 5th, 2017 in the Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague (NL) as part of the triple bill programme entitled Side B: Adrift, which also included The missing door and The lost room.

In 2018, The hidden floor was nominated for a 'Swan most impressive dance production'. The lost room had already won this award in 2016. The Netherlands’ most prestigious dance award, the Zwanen (Swans), are awarded each year in October during the Festival of the Dutch Dance in Maastricht.

Concept & direction Franck Chartier
Assistant to the director Louis-Clément da Costa, Ander Zabala
In co-creation with the dancers: Lydia Bustinduy, Spencer Dickhaus, Jef Stevens, Roger Van der Poel, Rena Narumi, Cesar Faria Fernandes, Chloe Albaret, Meng-Ke Wu, Marne van Opstal
Sound design & arrangements: Raphaëlle Latini, Annalena Fröhlich, Louis-Clément da Costa
Light design: Tom Visser
Set design: Justine Bougerol
Costumes: Franck Chartier, Louis-Clément da Costa
Choreologue Benesh: Charlotte Siepiora
World premiere: October 5th 2017, Zuiderstrandtheater (The Hague, NL)
Production: Nederlands Dans Theater


"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

"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

"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

"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



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)
07 Dec 2017 Parktheater Eindhoven Eindhoven (NL)
09 Dec 2017 Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen (NL)
19-21 Dec 2017 Zuiderstrandtheater Den Haag (NL)