Photo: Maria Falconer

Photo: Maria Falconer

Photo: Josh Hawkins 

Photo: Josh Hawkins 

Photo: Josh Hawkins 

Photo: Josh Hawkins 

Photo: Josh Hawkins 

Photo: Josh Hawkins 

Carlos Pons Guerra was born in Gran Canaria, Spain, and has been creating dance since 2012, year in which he founded DeNada Dance Theatre. Nominated for the Best Emerging Artist category at the National Dance Awards 2015, he has been described as a choreographer "of innate intelligence and theatricality" by Dance Europe Magazine. 

For DeNada Dance Theatre, Carlos has created the three works that form Ham and Passion, a gender-bending triple bill that explores the intrinsic drama that is being Spanish, and which The Observer describes as "Funny, sexy and flamboyant". Funded by Arts Council England and supported by a range of national and international dance organisations, Carlos choreographed Young Man! (2012), O Maria (2013) and Passionaria (2014). Currently on its second national tour of the UK, with sell-out performances in cities like London and  Birmingham These works have also been performed independently at several international venues and events; highlights include the Palacio de Bellas Artes of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) Theater im Pfalzbau (Germany), The Place (London), International Dance Festival Birmingham,  Homotopia Festival (Liverpool), Agitart Festival (Cataluña) and the Eduardo Urculo Theatre (Madrid). Ham and Passion received two nominations for the 2016 UK Critics' Circle National Dance Awards: Best Independent Company and Outstanding Female Performance (Modern) for Marivi Da Silva's role in his Young Man!.

Carlos has created work on dancers from companies such as  Rambert, for which he created Ruffle in 2015, a bittersweet duet about emotional aggression between men. On Northern Ballet dancers he created Paradis, an all-female work inspired by Jean Genet's The Maids, commissioned by The Lowry for Dance:Sampled (2017). For Verve17 (UK), he created a riotous work set in nunnery formed by possessed sisters, taking Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides as inspiration. He has created work internationally for companies in India (Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, 2016) and ENDanza, the National Young Ballet for the Dominican Republic (2016). 

Carlos was a guest choreographer at Northern Ballet's 2016 Choreographic Lab. He works closely with dramaturge Peggy Olislaegers and is mentored by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Amongst his artistic idols, he counts Pedro Almodóvar, Kenneth MacMillan, Roland Petit, John Waters, Chavela Vargas and Tennessee Williams. He is hugely inspired by film, art, literature and people; and enjoys creating kitschy, darkly humorous and entertainingly theatrical worlds in the works he stages. 

Carlos began his ballet studies at the Choreographic Centre of Las Palmas, under direction of Carmen Robles and Anatol Yanowsky, before training at the Royal Conservatoire for Dance of Madrid 'María de Ávila' and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. During his dance training he also read for a BA (Hons) English Literature through the University of Leeds and the Open University. He was raised in Gran Canaria and moved to the UK in 2005.