Sol León receives Spanish National Dance Award

Award for 35-year career at NDT

Photo: Joris-Jan Bos. Choreography: Sigue (1993) by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot.

Sol León, former house choreographer of NDT and previously associated with the company as a dancer for many years, has received a special prize in her home country Spain. The Ministry of Culture and Sport has awarded her the Spanish National Dance Award to thank her for the international influence she has had in the field of contemporary dance, and to commend her for her 35-year career at Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT).

Congratulations on this great prize, Sol!

Sol León

During her 35-year career with the company, Sol has meant a lot for NDT and has held various roles. In 1987 she joined NDT 2 as a dancer, after which she joined NDT 1 in 1989 and danced in masterpieces by Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin. During her time as a dancer – Sol ended up dancing with the company for 16 years – she began choreographing with Paul Lightfoot. From 2003 onwards, she decided to fully devote herself to choreography. Together with Paul Lightfoot, Sol was NDT’s house choreographer from 2002 to 2020.

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Sol León together with Paul Lightfoot in 'Two Gold Variations (1999) by Hans van Manen. Photo: Joris-Jan Bos

Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have been a choreographer’s duo since 1989 and together they have created more than sixty pieces for the company, for which they received prestigious awards.

Their Signing Off  was awarded with a Benois de la Danse, one of the most prestigious dance prizes in the world, in 2005.

Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.