The Sweden Johan Inger (Stockholm, 1967) completed 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 Swedish Royal Ballet in Stockholm, the last year performing as a soloist. Fascinated by the works of Kylián, Inger was convinced that a 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 (entitled Switch), Jiří Kylián noticed his talent for choreography. After four workshop pieces, Inger was allowed in 1995 to make his first choreography for Nederlands Dans Theater II. The resulting Mellantid marked his official debut as a choreographer. It was part of the Holland Dance Festival and was immediately a resounding success. It brought him the Philip Morris Finest Selection Award 1996 in the Contemporary Dance category. In 2001 Mellantid was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award in the Best New Dance Production category.
Since his debut, Inger has made various works for Nederlands Dans Theater (like Sammanfall, Couple of Moments, Round Corners, Out of breath). For his ballets Dream Play and Walking Mad he received the Lucas Hoving Production Award in October 2001. Walking Mad- as it was later performed by Cullberg Ballet -was awarded the Danza & Danza’s Award 2005. Inger himself was nominated with Dutch prizes such as the Golden Theatre Dance Prize 2000 by the VSCD Dance Panel and the Merit Award 2002 from the Stichting Dansersfonds ’79.
Inger left Nederlands Dans Theater to take on the artistic leadership of Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm in 2003. Over the past years he has made various choreographies for this company: Home and Home, Phases, In Two, Within Now, As if, Negro con Flores and Blanco amongst others. And to celebrate Cullberg Ballet’s 40th anniversary, he created the work Point of eclipse (2007). From the summer of 2008 Inger ended his artistic directorship so as to devote himself entirely to choreography. In February 2009 he produced a new work for Cullberg Ballet entitled, Position of Elsewhere. In October 2009, Inger created dissolve in this for Nederlands Dans Theater I & II to celebrate the 50th jubilee season of the company. Since 2009, Johan Inger holds the position as Associate Choreographer with Nederlands Dans Theater, creating for the companies regularly. In May 2010, the Göteborg Ballet in Sweden premiered Falter and in September 2010, Nederlands Dans Theater I premiered Tone Bone Kone, both were new creations. In September 2011, Inger created the successful Rain Dogs, based on music by Tom Waits, for the Basel Ballett in Switzerland. In 2012 Inger created I New Then for Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and in 2013 Inger created Sunset Logic for the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Tempus Fugit for the Basel Ballett.
In 2013, he restaged the work Rain Dogs with Aterballetto. In 2013, Johan Inger also received the prestigious Carina Ari Award in Stockholm for his worldwide promotion of Swedish art and dance. In 2014 he choreographed B.R.I.S.A. for the Nederlands Dans Theater 2, in 2015 Rite of Spring for the Royal Swedish Ballet, Carmen for the Compania Nacional de Danza di Madrid, Now & Now for the Gauthier Dance and One on One for the NDT2.
In 2016 he received the Prix Benois de la Danse as ‘Best Choreographer’ for Carmen and One on One and he created his first choreography for Aterballetto BLISS (Premio Danza&Danza ‘Best Italian Production’ 2016).
In 2017 there were the premieres of Peer Gynt for the Basel Ballet and the full evening project for Aterballetto Golden Days.
His last creation (Aprile 2018) is Under A Day for the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon.