Danish Dance Theatre announces Pontus Lidberg as new Artistic Director

Danish Dance Theatre has appointed a new Artistic Director. The internationally acclaimed Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg will join the company in April 2018 and replace Tim Rushton.

Pontus Lidberg joins Danish Dance Theatre after many years as a critically acclaimed film director and choreographer for some of the best ballet and dance companies around the world. As a choreographer for the stage, he has created works for leading international companies including New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Semperoper Ballet Dresden, Royal Swedish Ballet, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Beijing Dance Theatre, as well as for his own concert group, Pontus Lidberg Dance.


Announcing the appointment, Kasper Holten, Chairman of the Board at Danish Dance Theatre, says:

“On behalf of the entire Board of Danish Dance Theatre, I can say we are incredibly excited to be able to announce Pontus Lidberg as our next Artistic Director. When looking for someone to take the company into a new era and further build on the wonderful success and growth our company has enjoyed over the last decades, we cannot imagine anyone better suited than Pontus. He brings a very strong artistic voice to Danish Dance Theatre. His work is known and celebrated at leading dance venues and companies around the world, and he has proved to be able to combine a classical background and vocabulary with thinking out of the box on all levels. This will be an inspiration to our company and to our audiences throughout Denmark, and will help Danish Dance Theatre to tour internationally on the highest level – branding Denmark and the Danish dance scene around the world.


Lidberg has staged works in countries ranging from Germany, China, Switzerland, Sweden to the US, as well as directing dance films. Now he is thrilled to return to Scandinavia and to explore his new role as Artistic Director:


I am delighted to be taking on the role of Artistic Director and very much looking forward to taking Danish Dance Theatre into a new era. The tremendous potential of the company offers opportunities to create new stage and moving image works to share with audiences throughout Denmark and around the globe. I look forward to creating and bringing important choreographic voices from Denmark and beyond to the company, as well as exciting artists and collaborators from other arts and sciences who will surprise, engage and take our audiences on new journeys”, Pontus says.


 As Artistic Director for Danish Dance Theatre Pontus Lidberg will be working both as a choreographer and a curator for the company:

“Pontus is committed to curating seasons that include his own work as well as that of leading choreographers and new exciting talents. He will be seeking to work with the entire dance sector and arts world in Denmark in the broadest sense, to make Danish Dance Theatre truly be the link it should be between a strong and healthy local ecology and the highest international level,” 

Kasper Holten explains.

Pontus Lidberg – Biography
Choreographer, filmmaker and dancer, Pontus Lidberg has firmly established himself as a creative and visionary artist bringing dance and film together, as well as a critically acclaimed choreographer.


Lidberg has created works for dance companies including New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Semperoper Ballet Dresden, Royal Swedish Ballet, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Balletboyz, Beijing Dance Theatre, and Morphoses, 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, the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process and the National Arts Center of Canada, Ottawa.


Born in 1977, Lidberg is raised in Stockholm, Sweden and 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.



2013 Nominated Bessie Award, Best Visual Design, The New York Dance and Performance Awards, New York, NY

Nominated Best Dance Production 2012, Dance Europe, London, UK

2012 Finalist Award, Creative Promise in Dance, The Vilcek Foundation, New York, NY

Best Picture, Dance on Camera Festival, New York, NY

2011 Prix du Jury, Festival Court-Métrange, Rennes, France

2010 Best Dance Performance 2010, Norrland, Teaterbiennalen/nummer.se,      Sweden   

2008 Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for Film, The Dance Media Honors, Los Angeles, CA                                                                                                                   

Best Dance Short Film, Tiburon International Film Festival, Tiburon,CA

2007 Best Film, Best Cinematography, London International Dance Film Festival, London, UK

Special Mention of the Jury, Goteborg International Film Festival,   Gothenburg, Sweden

2001 NOKIA Award for young talent, Helsinki International Choreography Competition, Helsinki, Finland


Read more about Pontus Lidberg at his home page HERE