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Pontus Lidberg - On the Nature of Rabbits

Year/Length:2023, 60’ (World premiere)
Choreography:Pontus Lidberg
Dramaturgy:Adrian Guo Silver
Animations and projections:Jason Carpenter
Original music:Stefan Levin
Lighting design:Keiron Johnson
Rabbit costume:Rachel Quarmby-Spadaccini
Costumes and wardrobe:Karen Young
Production assistant:Grazie Schiavone
Choreography assistant:Gamal Gouda with Pontus Lidberg and the dancers
Dancers and artistic collaborators:Paulo Arrais, Damiano Artale, Jens Rosén, Nadja Sellrup, Oscar Salomonsson, Hussein Smko, Benjamin Stroman
Commissioned by:La Biennale di Venezia
Co-commissioned and co-produced by:Works & Process at the Guggenheim, Works & Process LaunchPAD, Stockholm 59 North
Residency support by:Bethany Arts Community
With the generous support of:Orsolina 28 Art Foundation, Dalateatern Falun, Balettakademien Stockholm, The Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and similarly generous people


Choreographer, video maker, dancer. The creations of Pontus Lidberg, often based on the concurring presence of dance and images in motion, transport the spectator into parallel universes. Born in 1977, trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris, Lidberg is the new star of dance, called upon to choreograph for the most important dance companies in the world: from the Paris Opera Ballet to the New York City Ballet, from the Martha Graham Dance Company to the Beijing Dance Theatre.

Lidberg has recreated certain great classics such as Raymonda and Giselle in an original way, but has also used the most advanced technology, as in Centaur. At Biennale Danza, he presents On the Nature of Rabbits, in collaboration with the wizard of animation Jason Carpenter.

Inspired by a story of love and sexuality in the 1990s, On the Nature of Rabbits, for Pontus Lidberg, is an opportunity to “explore the relationship between childhood mementos and the nuances of desire. The presence of a stuffed rabbit becomes a vessel for unspoken longings and desires. In a series of dreamlike scenes, the work contemplates the lasting impact of childhood attachments, the delicate balance between reality and imagination, and the complexities of desire and relationships. Animated projections form an interactive and playful layer to the dance” (from the presentation).

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