Johan Inger


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Profile: Johan Inger was born in Stockholm in 1967. He trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and at the National Ballet School in Canada, with such teachers as Charles Mudry, Konstantine Damianov and Irena Milovan. In 1984 Inger joined the Royal Swedish Ballet, where he danced as a soloist. He joined the Nederlands Dans Theater I in 1990.

Choreography: In addition to works for Nederlands Dans Theater 1(NDT), Inger created Mellantid (Swedish for In Between Time)—his first new work for NDT 2—as part of the 1995 Holland Dance Festival. This work was crowned with the 1996 Philip Morris Finest Selection Award in the category of Contemporary Dance. Mellantid was followed by Sammanfall for NDT 2 in 1997, Couple of Moments for NDT 3 in 1997, Livnära for NDT 1 in 1998, Round Corners for NDT 2 in 1998, Among Others for NDT 1 in 1999, Dream Play for NDT 2 in 2000 and Walking Mad for NDT 1 in 2001. The Cullberg Ballet added his choreography Next, originally created for the annual NDT Workshop, to its repertoire in 1996, and later also Livnära, Hurry Slowly and Among Others.

Awards: In 2001 Johan Inger was nominated for the Golden Dance Prize by the VSCD (Dutch board of theatre directors). His Mellantid was nominated for the British Laurence Olivier Award as ‘Best New Dance Production’.

In October 2001 Johan Inger received the Lucas Hoving Production award for his works Dream Play and Walking Mad. In May 2002 Inger’s new creation for NDT 1 So Now Then premiered in the last program of this season.

Per 1 July 2003 Johan Inger was appointed as the artistic director of the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, Sweden.