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Pontus Lidberg Dance & Danish Dance Theatre

The young Swedish choreographer, dancer and director Pontus Lidberg has been artistic director of the Danish Dance Theater since April 2018. He spent about 10 days at CID to complete and finalize his new work entitled Siren, co-produced by Oriente Occidente and premiered at the 38th edition of the Festival at Teatro Zandonai in Rovereto.

Franz Schubert's sonata n.18 and Stefan Levin's original composition are the music of Siren, which starts from the Homeric suggestion of the sirens' song, the sea charmers who led to death the sailors who unwisely landed on their island enchanted by the voices. Only Ulysses was able to resist them by blocking the ears of his companions with wax and tying himself to the mast of the ship so that he could hear their singing. The mythological reference pushes the artist and his playwright Adrian Guo Silver (a collaborator also of Bill T. Jones and Martha Clarke) to an investigation into Ulysses' lust, which cannot be completely satisfied, and the sirens' singing as a source of creative impulse. The work does not directly refer to myth, nor does it tell any story, but is inspired by the themes of desire, creativity and, unexpectedly, loneliness.

Pontus Lidberg
Choreography assistant Ola Beccau
Dramaturgy Adrian Guo Silver
Music Stefan Levin, Franz Schubert
Lighting design Raphael F. Solholm
Costumes Karen Young
Manufacturer Grazia Schiavone
Fundraiser Mary Ellen Obia
Dancers Pontus Lidberg, Stefanos Bizas, Barton Cowperthwaite, David Lagerqvist, Nathanael Marie, Lucas Threefoot, Sarawanee Tanatanit
Co-produced by Oriente Occidente Dance Festival, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Culture Center, through an exclusive grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
With the generous support of Rockefeller Brothers Fund, SHS Foundation, Evelyn C Sharp Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation