Sad Case

Sol León y Paul Lightfoot

Sad Case was originally created for NDT 2 in 1998 when Sol León was seven months pregnant with their daughter, and acts as one of the main pillars of León and Lightfoot’s work. Surprising and earthly movements on mambo music show a continual search for the tension between satirical and classic moments.

  • Wold Premiere (extended version): NDT2 at Theater Aan Het Spui, The Hague (Holland), November 4th 2014, from the original version at Lucent Dans Theater, The Hague (Holland), February 7th 1998
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza : at Teatro Real Madrid (Spain), October 3rd, 2022

Sol León (Córdoba, Spain), joined NDT2 in 1987 under the direction of Arlette Van Boben. Two years later she moved into NDT1, under the direction of Jirí Kylián. León continued to dance up until 2003, when she decided to fully devote herself to being the house choreographer of NDT together with Paul Lightfoot. From 2012 until 2020. León was also the artistic advisor for the company. 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. In 2002 León and Lightfoot were appointed House Choreographers of NDT, the position they remained in until 2020.

Paul Lightfoot (Cheshire, England) 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.


The Bard of Avon (NDT2) 1989/ Spilt Milk (NDT workshop) 1990/ Step Lightly (NDT2) 1991/ Satchitananda (NDT workshop) 1992/ Seconds (NDT1) 1992/ Sigue (NDT workshop) 1993/ Solitaire (NDT2) 1994/ Susto (NDT3) 1994/ SHBOOM! (NDT workshop) 1994/ So Sorry (NDT3) 1994/ Softly, as I leave you (NDT1)1994/ Syllabus (NDT workshop) 1995/ Arcimboldo (NDT1) 1995/ Skew-Whiff (NDT2) 1996/ Start to Finish (NDT1) 1996/ Shangri-La (NDT1) 1997/ Stilleven (NDT1) 1997/ Sad Case (NDT2) 1998/ Singing Apes (NDT1) 1998/ Small moves (NDT3) 1999/ Speak for Yourself (NDT1)1999/ Squeaky Wheel (NDT3) 2000/ Arcimboldo (NDT1, 2&3) 2000/ Said and Done (NDT2) 2001/ Safe as Houses (NDT1) 2001/ Subject to Change (NDT2) 2003/ Shutters Shut (NDT2) 2003/ Signing Off (NDT1) 2003/ Source of Inspiration (NDT1) 2004/ Drawn Onward (NDT1) 2004/ SHBOOM! (NDT1 new version) 2004/ Postscript (NDT2) 2005/ Silent Screen (NDT1) 2005/ Shoot the Moon (NDT1) 2006/ Sleight of Hand (NDT2) 2007/ Sooner or Later (NDT1) 2007/ Same Difference (NDT1) 2007/ Passe-Partout (NDT2) 2009/ Sehnsucht (NDT1) 2009/ Limbo (NDT1) 2009/ Studio Two (NDT2) 2009/ Swansong (NDT1) 2010/ Schmetterling (NDT1) 2010/ Skipping Over Damaged Area (NDT1) 2011/ Short Time Together (HNB) 2012/ Shine a Light (NDT1) 2012/ School of Thought (NDT1) 2013/ Stop Motion (NDT1) 2014/ Spiritwalking (NDT1) 2014/ Sad Case (NDT2 new version) 2014/ Schubert (NDT2) 2014/ Some Other Time (NDT2) 2014/ Short Time Together (Version RDB) 2015/ Shut Eye (NDT1) 2016/ Singuliére Odyssée (NDT1) 2017/ Sisters (NDT1) 2017/ Subtle Dust (NDT1) 2018/ Kunstkamer (NDT1 &2) 2019/She Remembers (NDT1) 2020/ Standby (NDT1 &2) 2020. Semillas Sueltas (Orsolina) 2021. Selvportræt (Kammerballetten) 2021.


  • Choreography:
    Sol León and Paul Lightfoot
  • Music:
    Pérez Prado, Alberto Domínguez, Ernesto Lecuona, Ray Barretto, Trío Los Panchos
  • Costumes and sets design:
    Sol León and Paul Lightfoot
  • Lighting Design:
    Tom Bevoort
  • Choreography Assistant:
    Menghan Lou
  • Lighting made by:
    Eric Blom
  • Sets made by:
  • Costumes made by:
    Wardrobe CND
  • Costume supervisor:
    Joke Visser
  • Running time:
    22 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Irene Ureña, Shlomi Shlomo Miara, Erez Ilan, Íker Rodríguez, YaeGee Park / Samantha Votari, Felipe Domingos, Théo Bourg, Anthony Pina, Shani Peretz