Kristian Lever is a Finnish-British award-winning choreographer. Raised in Helsinki, Finland, he started his dance education at the Finnish National Ballet School and continued his training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden. Mr. Lever’s repertoire includes ballets by Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Marco Goecke, Natalia Horencna, John Neumeier and others. Under the direction of Mr. Neumeier and Kevin Haigen in Hamburg, Mr. Lever was offered his first professional engagement as a choreographer. He has created several works for The National Youth Ballet of Germany, Croatian National Ballet of Rijeka, Croatian National Ballet of Split, Ballet Theatre Tivoli in Copenhagen, festivals of the Royal Danish Ballet, Ballett Vorpommern, as well as for dancers with Nederlands Dans Theater, Hessisches Staatsballett and The Royal Ballet. Mr. Lever is also working on a new full-length production Framework, which premieres November 2019 in Salzburg as part of the DIALOGUE Festival with his own company Klever Dance. He was most recently awarded the prestigious Erik Bruhn Prize representing Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier for his choreography “An Intimate Distance”, hosted by the National Ballet of Canada on March 23, 2019 at the Four Seasons Center in Toronto.