Paul Lightfoot


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Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Profile: Paul Lightfoot (Kingsley, England) trained at the Royal Ballet School in Londen. In 1985 he joined Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and two years later the dancer moved on to Nederlands Dans Theater I, where he was vital to the image of this company.

Choreography: During his dance career he also took up choreography. His talent for which stood out in 1988, during the annual workshop of Nederlands Dans Theater. After this workshop he created The Bard of Avon for Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (1989), the first of many pieces for Nederlands Dans Theater 1 as well as Nederlands Dans Theater 2, and also for Nederlands Dans Theater 3 at the time. His choreographies were made in close collaboration with Sol León: an alliance which started in 1989 and continues to this date. In August 2002 they were appointed resident choreographers of Nederlands Dans Theater and became renowned choreographers.

To date, León and Lightfoot have created over 40 choreographies for the company, for which they received many dance awards and are performed around the world.

In 2007 Sol León and Paul Lightfoot started a charity project for street children in Bangladesh.