Profile: Choreographer, film-maker, dancer and recipient of a 2019 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Pontus Lidberg has firmly established himself as a creative and visionary artist, merging dance and film.
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 Ballett, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Acosta Danza, 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 and the National Arts Center of Canada. 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.
His film The Rain received numerous awards. His film Labyrinth Within won best picture at the Dance on Camera Festival in 2012. He was nominated for a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for outstanding visual design, for his dance and film evening WITHIN (Labyrinth Within)—created during his 2012 tenure as resident artistic director of Morphoses.
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. He is the artistic director of Danish Dance Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.