Residencies

Sol León and Paul Lightfoot

4 – 24 Jul 2021

"Creation"

(title tbc)


The concept of the work is to embody the celebration of reassembling a group of artists who were used to being together, yet who have now been apart for over a year.

Sol León e Paul Lightfoot reunite some of their past dancers, to find the inspiration and emphasize the spontaneity of this “unknown” moment, embracing the unconsciousness of what we have all been feeling in this extremely strange year. As with all their creative processes, they give into the instant to discover what is awaiting them from within, inspired by the concept that the art will be there intertwined to this reunion with these exceptional and eclectic artists.

Spontaneity is the frame, and the disunity of this time the motor of the creativity, as the forces are reunited to heal the breach.

Biographies


Sol León (Cordoba, Spain) joined NDT2 in 1987 after graduating from the National Ballet Academy of Madrid. Two years later she moved into NDT1.

León continued to dance up until 2003, when she decided to fully devote herself to being the house choreographer of NDT together with Paul Lightfoot. From 2012 until 2020 León was also the artistic advisor for the company.

Paul Lightfoot (Cheshire, England) graduated from the Royal Ballet School in London before joining Netherlands Dans Theater in 1985. Lightfoot began as a dancer with NDT2. Two years later he moved into NDT1, where he danced until 2008.

Early in his career Lightfoot began choreographing together with Sol Leon. From September 2011 until August 2020 Lightfoot was the artistic director of NDT.

ARTISTS

  • Amanda Mortimore

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    Amanda Mortimore, an American originally from California, is an alumna of The Juilliard School in New York City. After graduating in 2016 and receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance, she joined Netherlands Dance Theater 2 from 2016-2019. She is currently dancing with Netherlands Dance Theater 1 and has had the honor of performing work by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Jiří Kylián, Hans Van Manen, Marina Mascarell, Johan Inger, Marco Goecke, Sharon Eyal, Alexander Ekman, Juliano Nunes, and Damien Jalet.

  • Jorge Nozal

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    Jorge Nozal was born in San Sebastián, Spain. He received his dance training at the Conservatorio Municipal de San Sebastián and the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. He worked for the Stuttgart Ballet (1998-2004) and the Netherlands Dance Theater (2004-2020).

    Throughout his career, Jorge performed works by many acclaimed choreographers, such as William Forsythe, Medhi Walerski, Crystal Pite, Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Marco Goecke, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Jorge has staged works by Marco Goecke and León&Lightfoot in Netherlands Dance Theater, Wiener Staatsballett, Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballett, Juilliard Dance School and dancers of the Bolshoi Theater.

    He has been awarded the Premio Revelación by the Asociación de Danza de Guipuzcoa in 2007 and the 'Zwaan– Most Impressive Dance Performance 2015′ for his part in Marco Goecke’s Thin Skin.

    Jorge is currently a freelance artist based in the Netherlands.

  • Roger Van der Poel

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    Roger Van der Poel is a Portuguese-Dutch award-winning dancer. Started his dance education at the National Conservatory of Lisbon at the age of eighteen. His dance career includes Ballet Gulbenkian (2003-2004), Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (2004-2006) and, for the last fourteen years, the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater. Roger’s performance repertoire includes existing works by & creations with Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite, Jiri Kylián, Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier, Marco Goecke, Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe and Mats Ek, among many others.

    Roger has staged the work of Sol León & Paul Lightfoot and Crystal Pite internationally (Zurich Ballet, Oslo Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, and dancers of the Bolshoi Theater) and guest teaches for dance companies, schools and programs around the world. He has been on regular faculty at NDT Summer Intensive and chuthis. Movement Intensive (educational program from Peter Chu’s chuthis.)

    Roger was awarded the Dutch Zwaan for best dance performance of 2008 for his role in Hans van Manen’s Simple Things and the Encouragement Prize 2007 by the Stichting Dansersfonds’79 in Amsterdam.

    In August 2020, Roger embarked on a new journey as a free-lance artist and educator.

  • Mikaela Kelly

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    Mikaela Kelly is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in dance. A native of New York, she began dancing at Coupé Theatre Studio and continued her training at American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School for 5 years before attending the Juilliard School. After graduating in 2018 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, Mikaela joined Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and danced with NDT2 for three seasons. Mikaela has performed works by many choreographers including: Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Nacho Duato, Sharon Eyal, Alexander Ekman, Marco Goecke, Johan Inger, Hans Van Manen, Aszure Barton, and Medhi Walerski.

  • Saura Lightfoot León

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    Born in Leiden in the Netherlands in 1998, the Spanish/English actress graduated from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2020 and is now represented by Grant Parsons at Curtis Brown Group Ltd.

    Saura is the daughter of choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Appearing in their ballets from an early age, Sauras life has been constantly intertwined with their creativity.

Creation - 24 July 2021

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