Choregraphy: Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Music: Schubert String quintet in C - Adagio
Lighting: Tom Bevoort
Décor & costumes: Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Duration: 6 minutes
World première: 4 November 2014, Theater aan het Spui, The Hague
Schubert premiered during the anniversary performance 25 Years León & Lightfoot. This pas de deux, danced on a piece of music by Schubert is, besides being an emotional ballet exuding a love story between a man and a woman, a highly technical work that emphasizes NDT2’s extraordinary talent level.
Sol León (Córdoba, Spain) and Paul Lightfoot (Kingsley, England) started creating together 25 years ago. Since then the duo have created more than fifty pieces for Nederlands Dans Theater. In 2002 they were appointed house choreographers for the company exclusively. Together they have won prestigious awards, such as the Benois de la Danse and the Herald Archangel.
Sol León joined NDT2 after graduating from the National Ballet Academy of Madrid in 1987. Two years later she joined NDT1 and danced masterpieces of Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin. She continued to dance up until 2003, when she decided to fully devote herself to choreography. León became artistic advisor for NDT in 2012.
Paul Lightfoot studies at the Royal Ballet School in London. He joined NDT2 and moved to NDT1 two years later, where he danced until 2008. During his dancing career, Lightfoot started choreographing and together with Sol León he created many pieces for NDT. Lightfoot became artistic director of NDT in 2011.