Lesley Telford

Lesley Telford was born in Vancouver, Canada. She finished her studies in Montréal at L´Ecole Supérieur de Danse du Québec before joining the company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in 1992 under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. She went on to dance with Nacho Duato´s Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain and was promoted to principal dancer in 1999. From 2001 until 2010, she danced with Netherlands Dans Theater 1 where she worked and created with choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, and Johan Inger, among others.

As a choreographer, she developed her work participating frequently in SWITCH, the annual Netherlands Dans Theater choreographic workshop. She was consequently invited to create a new work, Here but Gone, for the Netherlands Dans Theater 1 program: Upcoming Choreographers 2006. Since then, she has created for Hubbard Street Dance Company 2 in Chicago and Compañia Nacional de Danza 2 in Madrid, Spain. Her work has also been presented in the CaDance Festival and Korzo Theatre in the Netherlands, the Banff Festival of the Arts in Canada, the Schmiede Festival in Austria and the Reina Sophia Museum in Spain.

Lesley is presently a freelance choreographer, performer and teacher. She has also recently completed a Master of Arts in Cultural Production at the joint program of the University of Salzburg and the Mozarteum and developed a thesis examining the museum as a performance space for dance.