Photo by Erin Baiano
Swedish choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker, Pontus Lidberg is most recognized for his award-winning dance film "The Rain" (2007). As a choreographer for the stage, Mr. Lidberg was described in the Swedish press early in his career as "one of our great choreographic talents" and has created more than 30 works for major international dance companies such as Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Beijing Dance Theatre, The Norwegian National Ballet, Stockholm 59° North, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Morphoses, as well as for his own group Pontus Lidberg Dance, which recently made its New York debut with his "Faune" at the Fall For Dance Festival at New York City Center in 2011.
In December of 2010 NorrlandsOperan of Sweden commissioned Mr. Lidberg to create a new dance work with an original score by Swedish composer B Tommy Andersson. That work, entitled "Warriors", was named best dance performance of the year in northern Sweden. Lidberg's full-length work "Duet for Dancer and Pianist", in collaboration with concert pianist Magnus Svensson, has been performed extensively on tour in Sweden, France and Estonia. In just a few short years Pontus Lidberg has firmly established himself as a creative and visionary artist bringing dance and film together. His first work for the camera: "Mirror" was commissioned by Swedish National Television has been screened on television as well as in dance film festivals in the US and abroad. His most recent dance film, "Labyrinth Within", received the "Court-Métrange du Jury" prize at Court-Métrange Film Festival in Rennes, France in 2011 and won Best Picture at Lincoln Center's Dance on Camera Festival in New York 2012. Lidberg's prior work for Morphoses includes "Vespertine", created for the company, which premiered at Works & Process at the Guggenheim in October 2010.
Pontus Lidberg has received support for his choreographic work from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Field (2011, 2012), Jerome Robbins Foundation (2010), The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation (2010), and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy Foundation (2010), as well as multiple grants from the Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. He received a 2012 finalist award from The Vilcek Foundation for Creative Promise in Dance. In addition, he has been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2008), Joyce SoHo (2010), and the Baryshnikov Arts Center (2010).
Mr. Lidberg received his training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, Sweden. Among other international dance companies, he has danced with The Royal Swedish Ballet, the Norwegian National Ballet, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Gothenburg Ballet. He received the NOKIA Award for young talent in 2001 and the Stockholm Cultural Scholarship, also in 2001.
For more information visit Pontus Lidberg's website: www.lidberg.se/pontus/