The Professional LJD Company
Founded in 1999, Lydia Johnson Dance has been consistently praised for its distinctive choreography, which uses components of ballet woven seamlessly into a contemporary dance vocabulary. The New York Times, The New Yorker, Backstage Magazine, Dance View Times and Oberon’s Grove have critically acclaimed the company for its annual New York Season. LJD has performed most recently at NYLA and in the 92nd St. Y’s Women Ballet Choreographers East and West series, as well as at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Great Friends and Downtown Dance Festivals. Ms. Johnson is a frequent Guest Artist Faculty member at the Peridance Capezio Center in New York.
Capturing a sense of the depth and spirit of the human struggle, Ms. Johnson’s evocative work is noted for an underlying sense of drama, which resonates through the predominantly abstract qualities of her choreography.
Ms. Johnson's most recent review in The New Yorker:
"Johnson is a craftsman and a poet; her works, which stress the ensemble and attend closely to the music, have an ebb and flow in addition to a strong emotional current. The basis of her technique is ballet, and her dancers are strong. The program at New York Live Arts includes four works, two of them new, set to a variety of musical styles, from Handel to Golijov." The New Yorker