Johan Inger (Stockholm, 1967) had his dance training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and at the National Ballet School in Canada. From 1985 to 1990 he danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm, the last year performing as a soloist. Fascinated by the works of Jiří Kylián, Inger was convinced that the next step in his dance career should take him to Nederlands Dans Theater. In 1990, he joined Nederlands Dans Theater I and was a high-profile dancer in this company until 2002.
When Inger tried his hand at Nederlands Dans Theater’s annual Choreography Workshops (now called, Switch), Jiří Kylián noticed his talent for choreography. After four workshop pieces Inger was asked in 1995 to make his first choreography for Nederlands Dans Theater II. The resulting Mellantid marked his official debut as a choreographer, premiering as part of the Holland Dance Festival to resounding success. It brought him the Philip Morris Finest Selection Award 1996 in the Contemporary Dance category, and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award in the Best New Dance Production category in 2001.
Since his debut, Inger has made various works for Nederlands Dans Theater. His ballets Dream Play and Walking Mad received the Lucas Hoving Production Award in October 2001. Walking Mad was later performed by Cullberg Ballet and awarded the Danza & Danza’s Award 2005. Inger himself was nominated by the VSCD Dance Panel for the Golden Theatre Dance Prize 2000 and received the Merit Award 2002 of Stichting Dansersfonds ’79.
Inger left Nederlands Dans Theater for the artistic leadership of Cullberg Ballet in 2003. Over the next coming five years he choreographed: Home and Home, Negro con Flores and Blanco, to name a few. In the summer of 2008, Inger stopped as artistic leader for Cullberg Ballet so as to devote himself entirely to choreography. In the years 2009-2015, Inger became ‘associate choreographer’ for the Nederlands Dans Theater, and created ‘Dissolve in This’, B.R.I.S.A and One on One, to name a few.
In 2013 Inger received the prestigious Carina Ari medal in Stockholm for his worldwide promotion of Swedish art and dance.
Johan Inger is an established and renowned choreographer whose works are on the repertoire of companies around the world such as: Netherlands Dance Theatre, Cullberg Ballet, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Royal Swedish Ballet, The Norwegian National Ballet, Staatsoper Hannover Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, Cedar Lake, Ballet BC, Staatstheater Mainz, among many others.