The Press

'...this piece (Paysage, Soudain, la nuit) has an atmosphere – and a loose-hipped, shoulder-shrugging movement quality – that no company from these shores could ever hope to generate. Coming across as being as much fun to perform as it is to watch, and as a distant, Cuban cousin of Jerome Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering, it is exactly the sort of easy-going showpiece that this fine troupe should do more of.' - Mark Monahan, Telegraph, London, November 2019

“No trite conclusions, just a world of layered emotion made inexplicably potent.”

Judith Mackrell, THE GUARDIAN, April 21, 2016

 

“Rabbit, Swedish choreographer and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg’s ode to childhood, is so wonderfully precise, so cleverly comedic that it’s akin to watching a dozen wind-up toys set off at the same time.”

Vanessa Keys, THE TELEGRAPH, April 21, 2016

 

“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, September 2, 2018

 

“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, February 22, 2019

“The first of the two works, by Pontus Lidberg, makes me want to see everything that the choreographer has made. Lidberg’s Rabbit is a work of rare craft, which combines a weirdly surreal imagination with meticulous restraint.”

JUDITH MACKRELL, THE GUARDIAN

“Often he sublimates the academic language of ballet, dissolving it into knotty partnering that manages, by and large, to avoid the churning clichés of much contemporary movement in the form. It is refreshing to see a ballet embracing the virtues of restraint.”

CLAUDIA LA ROCCO, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Pontus Lidberg is a master of the quietly eerie.  His works invade your brain slowly with their deliberate pacing and strange imagery.  Mr. Lidberg showed his mastery of mood and the nuances of relationships in his recent program at the Joyce Theater.”

JOEL BENJAMIN, THEATERSCENE.NET

 

“The cinematic story telling from Lidberg’s contemporary choreographies is recognisable also in this classical ballet, in the flowing movement through space and the combination of austere with softness.”

MAINA ARVAS, DAGENS NYHETER

 

“In a moment of theatrical inspiration, the famous and most beautiful of ballerina solos now becomes an epilogue. The dancers have taken their calls; Raymonda is alone on the stage with her two men lingering on the periphery. It was a moment of pure poetry.”

MAGGIE FOYER, CRITICALDANCE.ORG

 

“Rabbit, Swedish choreographer and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg’s ode to childhood, is so wonderfully precise, so cleverly comedic that it’s akin to watching a dozen wind-up toys set off at the same time.”

VANESSA KEYS, THE TELEGRAPH

 

“Cuidadoso, musical y atento a lo que marca el metrónomo, deja una impresión de evidente solvencia. La pieza más redonda e importante, la que se muestra más serena y de oficio, es la suya. Lidberg despoja la escena, limpia las secuencias y las hace armónicas. Y esto tiene su lógica probablemente en su etapa formativa, en la escolástica que lo lleva a dominar vocabulario y fraseo con elegancia.”

ROGER SALAS, EL PAIS

 

 

Pontus Lidberg

 

 

Pontus' video reel is here and forthcoming events here.

                                                                       

Choreographer, filmmaker and dancer, Pontus Lidberg has firmly established himself as a creative and visionary artist, bringing dance and film together.

 

As a choreographer for the stage, Lidberg has created works for dance companies including Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Semperoper Ballet Dresden, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Balletboyz and Beijing Dance Theatre, as well as for his own concert group, Pontus Lidberg Dance. Pontus Lidberg Dance has been presented by New York City Center’s Fall For Dance Festival, the Havana International Ballet Festival, the Spoleto Festival, The Joyce Theater, the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process and the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada.

 

His dance 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.

 

Pontus was nominated for a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in Outstanding Visual Design, for his dance and film evening WITHIN (Labyrinth Within)—created during his 2012 tenure as Resident Artistic Director of Morphoses. The New York Times applauded this contemporary story ballet, “told without mime and driven by emotional and psychological textures… [Lidberg] sublimates the academic language of ballet, dissolving it into knotty partnering that manages, by and large, to avoid the churning clichés of much contemporary movement in the form. It is refreshing to see a ballet embracing the virtues of restraint.” 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. Siren is performed by Danish Dance Theatre on 28th July 2019 at the GNO Stavros Niarchos Hall in Athens, Greece.

Pontus was a 2019 recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to those who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. 

 

Commissions in 2020 include a new commission for Vienna State Opera Ballet premiereing on 4th March and creations for Danish Dance Theatre in Copenhagen.
 

Raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Lidberg trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. He holds an MFA in Contemporary Performing Arts from the University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts.

 

http://www.lidberg.se/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/arts/dance/man-of-medicine-dance-and-film-3-dimensions-of-pontus-lidberg.html

http://www.playbill.com/article/pushing-new-york-city-ballet-to-a-new-pointe

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