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22/23 Choreographer Johan Inger

Johan Inger (Stockholm, 1967) joined Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in 1990 and was a high-profile dancer of the company until 2002.

His debut as choreographer (1995), also for Nederlands Dans Theater, quickly became promising with immediate recognition: for his ballets Dream Play and Walking Mad he received the Lucas Hoving Production Award in October 2001. Walking Mad was later also awarded the Danza & Danza Award 2005.

Johan left Nederlands Dans Theater to take on the artistic leadership of Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm in 2003 where he created numerous works.

Since 2008, Johan works as freelance choreographer and creates for many companies around the globe such as GoteborgsOperan, Ballet Basel, Swedish National Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, Aterballetto, Lyon Opera Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and of course Nederlands Dans Theater, holding the position as Associate Choreographer from 2009 to 2016.

Between 2016 and 2022, Johan choreographed (i.a.) his own versions of the narrative pieces Petrushka and Sleeping Beauty (Aurora’s Nap), and full evenings such as Carmen, Peer Gynt and Don Juan.

He was honoured in 2016 with the Benois de la Danse Prize for his Carmen (CND- Madrid), the piece One on One (NDT2), and with the Danza & Danza award for his piece Bliss, as well in 2020 for his Don Juan as best Italian productions (Aterballetto).

Johan Inger. Image by Bengt Wanselius