"The evening (Black Sabbath - The Ballet) comes as a triptych, with each act created by a different choreographer, overseen by Pontus Lidberg. Act I – Heavy Metal Ballet – is triumphantly uncompromising, and full of metal’s melodrama" - Siobhan Murphy, THE STAGE.
“In this frenzied and invigorating race, Lidberg makes you feel all the harmony that can exist between two beings... one would almost believe that love stories never end badly. Sublime.”
François Delétraz, LE FIGARO MAGAZINE.
“Siren has all the features of a masterpiece... A work both delicate and dense with a feeling of truth, sustained by a rare expressive clarity”
Anna Bandettini, LA REPUBBLICA.
“No trite conclusions, just a world of layered emotion made inexplicably potent.”
Judith Mackrell, THE GUARDIAN
Quant à « The Shimmering asphalt », c’est une pièce à part dans l’œuvre de Lidberg, créée pour le New York City Ballet en jouant sur ses atouts : pas sur pointes, bras expressifs et grande musicalité. Chaque trait mélodique de la partition de David Lang se traduit en mouvement et leurs combinaisons sont cohérentes autant musicalement que chorégraphiquement. Une architecture sophistiquée par un créateur qu’on a envie de revoir.' - Christophe Loubes, Sud Ouest, Bordeaux, October, 2023
Pontus' video reel is here.
Choreographer, filmmaker, dancer and recipient of a 2019 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Pontus Lidberg has firmly established himself as a visionary artist, merging dance and film. As a choreographer for the stage, Lidberg has created works for luminary dance companies including Acosta Danza, Badisches Staatsballett Karlsruhe, Beijing Dance Theatre, Greek National Ballet, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Martha Graham Dance Company, MiR Dance Company Gelsenkirchen, New York City Ballet, Opera Grand Avignon, Oregon Ballet Theatre , Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Semperoper Ballet Dresden, Skånes Dansteater and Vienna Staatsoper Ballet.
Pontus has also produced his own projects and his concert group Pontus Lidberg. His work has been commissioned and presented by festivals and venues including Montpellier Danse, Théâtre National de Chaillot, The Joyce Theater, the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, New York City Center’s Fall For Dance Festival, the Havana International Ballet Festival and the Spoleto Festival. His work Siren received a Villanueva Award from UNEAC, The National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, as one of the best performances presented in Cuba in 2018.
His film, The Rain, received numerous awards. The New York Times wrote “memorably, The Rain illustrates what filmed dance can say that staged dance cannot.” His film Labyrinth Within won Best Picture at the Dance on Camera Festival in 2012. His first feature film, Written on Water, starring Aurélie Dupont premiered at Le Festival International du Film sur l'Art in Montréal in 2021.
Raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Lidberg trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris. He holds an MFA in Contemporary Performing Arts from the University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts. Between 2018-22 he was the Artistic Director of Danish Dance Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Productions in 2023 include the world premiere of the much anticipated and critically acclaimed, Black Sabbath - The Ballet for Birmingham Royal Ballet and staging Shimmering Asphalt for Bordeaux Ballet. He was also commissioned by Wayne McGregor to create a new work, On the Nature of Rabbits, for the 2023 Venice Dance Biennale.