Creation for New York City Ballet
First performance: January 26, 2017
Choreography: Pontus Lidberg
Original Music: David Lang
Costume Design: Rachel Quarmby-Spadaccini
Light Design: Mark Stanley

PRESS QUOTES
"Thursday night at New York City Ballet brought two world premieres, entirely unalike, each to new music, each distinctly reflecting the world we inhabit today: “The Shimmering Asphalt,” choreographed by Pontus Lidberg to a commissioned score by David Lang, and “The Times Are Racing,” by Justin Peck (the company’s resident choreographer since 2014) to recorded music by Dan Deacon. Warm ovations greeted both. Deservedly. Both are distinct, skilled, arresting. Yet they’re hard to grasp on a single viewing: more immediately striking as authoritative exercises in style than as absorbing worlds to inhabit. Each is sophisticated; there’s plenty of detail and structural complexity here to reward later visits."
ALASTAIR MACAULAY, THE NEW YORK TIMES,
JANUARY 27, 2017

"The second piece of the evening, Pontus Lidberg's "The Shimmering Asphalt," is a work of poetic architecture worthy of 2017's state of ponderous introspection. […] The piece commissions an economy of movement in the port de corps, and economy of emotion in the mood. This affectlessness meanders into Lidberg's atmospheric space, which commands attention without demanding it. Its virtues are progressive but with the deadpan certainty of the modern age."
WESLEY DOUCETTE, FEBRUARY 6, 2017