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.
Carlos has choreographed for companies including Ballet Hispanico of New York, Rambert, Northern Ballet, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Cahoots Northern Ireland, Attakkalari (India), ENDanza (Dominican Republic), Verve (UK) and more.
His work has been performed across the globe at major dance theatres including The Joyce Theatre (NYC), Sadler's Wells (London), the Chennai Music Academy (India), the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Santo Domingo), the United Palace Theatre (NYC) and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, as well as in key international festivals including Brighton International Festival, International Dance Festival Birmingham, Gender Bender Festival in Bologna, Homotopia Festival Liverpool, and the International Dance Festival of Santo Domingo.
In May 2018, Carlos was the subject of a BBC Four documentary co-produced with Sadler's Wells. His film, Prejudice and Passion, followed Carlos' work as an independent choreographer, his approach to gender/sexuality and dance, and his shift from creating adult targeted work to a children's production exploring gay adoption, Penguins, created for Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The documentary, which aired May 10th, was part of Sadler's Wells/BBC Four's series, Danceworks, and was presented alongside films about former Royal Ballet principal Zinaida Yanowsky, choreographer Shoran Jeyansingh and dancer Dickson Mbi.
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", which enjoyed two national tours of the UK with several international performances. More recently, he created TORO: Beauty and the Bull, a full length Hispanic and queer take on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, which had its national UK tour in 2018, with sold out performances at Sadler's Wells' Lilian Baylis Studio and Leeds' Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre. Of TORO, The Guardian says : "Dynamite dancing and extreme sensuality." 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!.
In 2017, Carlos was invited by artistic director Eduardo Vilaro as guest choreographer for Ballet Hispanico's Instituto Coreografico in New York, and he was also 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.
Future projects include choreography and movement direction for Cahoots Northern Ireland's Under the Hawthorn Tree at the Mac, Belfast (September 2018); Man to Monk: Part One, Man, a new full length male duet for dancers Mavin Khoo and Victor Callens commissioned by Sadler's Wells and Spin Arts Management, premiering at Sadler's Wells in November 2018; a new work for Nashville Ballet (December 2018), and Mariposa: a Transgender Tragedy Inspired by Puccini's Madame Butterfly, a new full length production for DeNada commissioned by Dance Hub Birmingham and premiering in spring 2020.
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.