As Sweden’s national theatre for ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet offers both classical ballet and contemporary dance. With one foot rooted in tradition and the other stepping into the future, the company has a loyal and diverse audience.

The Royal Swedish Ballet’s history began in 1773, when King Gustav III founded the Swedish Opera.

Under the directorship of Nicolas Le Riche, the Royal Swedish Ballet is today Sweden’s largest ballet company, with 68 full-time ballet dancers, consisting of principals, soloists and the corps de ballet. Members of the Royal Swedish Ballet dance in over 100 productions a year, most of which take place on the Opera’s main stage.

»Dance is ephemeral, but it lives on inside you«

Artistic Director, the Royal Swedish Ballet


What are your ideas behind the 2020–2021 repertoire?
– I want to invite everybody in. We offer a very wide range of dance experiences: wild, indie, welcoming, famous, new and a mixture of styles and origins.

Will there be any surprises?
– Definitely! This season all productions are looking ahead with a focus on the Swedish artistic and creative legacy. For example, we will be performing classics such as a new interpretation of Swan Lake (Svansjön) and a Cinderella (Askungen) that is set in present-day Stockholm. Well-established artists meet new talent, new choreographers meet older colleagues, new music is played alongside the classics!

How are the performing arts relevant in today’s society?
– There is no doubt that we need entertainment and imagination in our lives at the moment. We are constantly fed bad news about wars, famine, climate change and disease; we need to balance this with other perspectives and beauty. The Royal Opera can offer all that.