Sol León

Sol León

Choreographer

Sol León joined NDT 2 after graduating from the National Ballet Academy of Madrid in 1987. Two years later she joined NDT 1 and danced in masterpieces of Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin. León continued to dance up until 2003, when she decided to fully devote herself to choreography, together with Paul Lightfoot. From 2012 until 2020 León was Artistic Advisor of NDT.

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 & Honours

Incentive Prize for Choreography of the Amsterdam 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

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)
Subtle Dust (NDT 2, 2018)
Kunstkamer (NDT 1 & NDT 2, 2019)
Postscript (NDT 2, 2020)