Paul Lightfoot

Paul Lightfoot (1966, England) is Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater since September 2011. In 1985 he joined the company, starting as a dancer with NDT 2. Two years later Lightfoot joined NDT 1, where he danced until 2008. During his dancing career, he started choreographing together with Sol León.

León and Lightfoot have been a choreographer's duo since 1989 and together they have created more than fifty pieces for the company, for which they received prestigious awards. In 2002 León and Lightfoot were appointed house choreographers for NDT. 

Awards and honours

  • Incentive Prize for Choreography of the Amsterdan Art Prize for Seconds
  • Nomination Laurence Olivier Award for Best Dance Production of the Year for SH-Boom (1994)
  • Lucas Hoving Prize 1994 (for Paul Lightfoot)
  • Incentive Prize Choreography 1997 of Stichting Dansersfonds ’79  (for Paul Lightfoot)
  • VSCD Golden Theatre Dance Prize 2002 (for Paul Lightfoot)
  • Merit Award 2003 of Stichting Dansersfonds’79 (for Sol León)
  • VSCD Dance Award ‘Zwaan’ for best dance production 2003-2004 for Shutters Shut and Subject to Change
  • Benois de la Danse 2005 for Signing Off
  • Herald Archangel, Edinburgh International Festival 2006
  • VSCD Dance Award ‘Zwaan’ for best dance production 2005-2006 for Shoot the Moon

In season 2017-2018 both new creations as well as an existing work by León & Lightfoot will be performed in the programmes Side A: Split into One (NDT 1), Sum Thoughts (NDT 2) en Savoir Faire (NDT 1).

Copyright photo: Rahi Rezvani

León & Lightfoot repertoire

The Bard of Avon (NDT 2, 1989)
Spilt Milk (NDT Workshop, 1990)
Step Lightly (NDT 2, 1991)
Satchinananda (NDT Workshop, 1992)
Seconds (NDT 1, 1992)
Sigue (NDT Workshop, 1993)
Solitaire (NDT 2, 1994)
Susto (NDT 3, 1994)
SH-BOOM (NDT Workshop, 1994)
So Sorry (NDT 3, 1994)
Softly, as I Leave You (NDT 1, 1994)
Syllabus (NDT Workshop, 1995)
Skew-whiff (NDT 2, 1996)
Start to Finish (NDT 1, 1996)
Shangri-La (NDT 1, 1997)
Stilleven (NDT 1, 1997)
Sad Case (NDT 2, 1998)
Singing Apes (NDT 1, 1998)
Small Moves (NDT 3, 1999)
Speak For Yourself (NDT 1, 1999)
Squeaky Wheel (NDT 3, 2000)
Said and Done (NDT 2, 2001)
Safe as Houses (NDT 1, 2001)
Subject to Change (NDT 2, 2003)
Shutters Shut (NDT 2, 2003)
Signing Off (NDT 1, 2003)
Source of Inspiration (NDT 1, 2004)
drawn onward (NDT 1, 2004)
SH-BOOM (adapted version, NDT 1, 2004)
Postscript (NDT 2, 2005)
Silent Screen (NDT 1, 2005)
Shoot the Moon (NDT 1, 2006)
Sleight of Hand (NDT 2, 2007)
Sooner or Later (NDT 1, 2007)
Same Difference (NDT 1, 2007)
Passe-Partout (NDT 2, 2009)
Sehnsucht (NDT 1, 2009)
Limbo (NDT 1, 2009)
Studio 2 (NDT 2, 2009)
Swan Song (NDT 1, 2010)
Schmetterling (NDT 1, 2010)
Skipping over damaged area (NDT 1, 2011)
Short time together (Het Nationale Ballet, on the occasion of the Jubilee, 2012)
Shine a Light (NDT 1, 2012)
School of Thought (NDT 1, 2013)
Stop-Motion (NDT 1, 2014)
Spiritwalking (NDT 1, 2014)
Sad Case (adapted version, NDT 2, 2014)
Schubert (NDT 2, 2014)
Some Other Time (NDT 2, 2014)
Short time together (The Royal Danish Ballet, Copenhagen, 2015)
Shut Eye (NDT 1, 2016)
Singulière Odyssée (NDT 1, 2017)
Sisters (NDT 1, 2017)