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Sol León & Paul Lightfoot - STOP-MOTION

Nederlands Dans Theater / NDT 1


Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

assistant to the choreographers

Jorge Nozal


Max Richter: 'Ocean House Mirror', 'Powder Pills Truth', 'He is Here', 'Everything is Burning', 'On the Shore', 'End Title', 'How to Die in Oregon', published by Mute Song Limited ;

'Sorrow Atoms', 'Monologue', 'A Lover's Complaint', courtesy of Atlantic Screen Composers ;

'November', published by IMAGEM UK LTD.



Tom Bevoort


Sol León & Paul Lightfoot


Joke Visser, Hermien Hollander

video concept

Sol León & Paul Lightfoot


camera & direction
Rahi Rezvani

camera & editing

Dicky Schuttel

special thanks to

Stefan Zeromski,
Saura Lightfoot-León,
Hector the kestrel


8 dancers


34 minutes


29 January 2014, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague (NL)


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For Saura

The critically acclaimed Stop-Motion was created by house choreographers Sol León en Paul Lightfoot for the NDT 1 repertoire. The ballet premiered on January 29, 2014. On melancholic music by Max Richter seven dancers depict a process of farewell and transformation. As ephemeral as the dust, they grace the stage like ghosts or spirits; lighting up in and fading out. In this way, many elements in Stop-Motion address the notions of past and future and how they merge into the present. This is reinforced by large screens that show delayed video projections, which include their daughter Saura.


“Stop-Motion is a lovely gain (…) Beautiful variation between narrow interlockings and lonely poses.” De Volkskrant, 2014 

“Beautiful images of mind-blowing dance (…) Dance as a visual poem in which design and music determine the iambic and where the dancers bring metaphors and emotions to live.” Trouw, 2014 

“Skilful choreography (…) An important addition to the repertoire.” De Telegraaf, 2014 

“Of astonishing beauty.” HDC Media, 2014


Sol León (Córdoba, Spain) and Paul Lightfoot (Kingsley, England) started creating as a duo for NDT more than 26 years ago. Together they won prestigious awards, such as the Benois de la Danse and the Herald Archangel. They have been NDT’s house choreographers since 2002 and together they created more than fifty ballets. 

Sol León joined NDT 2 after graduating from the National Ballet Academy of Madrid in 1987. Two years later she joined NDT 1 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 NDT 2 and moved to NDT 1 two years later, where he danced until 2008. During his dancing career, Lightfoot started choreographing and together with Sol León created many pieces for NDT. Lightfoot became artistic director of NDT in 2011. 

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