Paul Lightfoot graduated from the Royal Ballet School in London before joining Netherlands Dans Theater in 1985. Lightfoot began as a dancer with NDT2. Two years later he moved into NDT1, where he danced until 2008. Early in his career Lightfoot began choreographing together with Sol León. From September 2011 until August 2020 Lightfoot was the artistic director of NDT. León and Lightfoot have been a choreographic duo since 1989 and together they have created more than 60 world premieres for the NDT, which they have received many prestigious awards for. From 2002 until 2020 León and Lightfoot were house choreographers of NDT. With the production Schmetterling in 2022 two works by the choreographer duo will be shown for the first time at the Bayerisches Staatsballett.
(Information as of 2022)