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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 is one of the world’s oldest ballet companies. It was founded in 1773 by King Gustav III. It is Sweden’s largest dance company with the task of curating and developing classical ballet as well as contemporary, innovative works.

»an ephemeral form of expression that has the power to touch your soul and reveal your innermost feelings«

Artistic Director, the Royal Swedish Ballet

»Ballet is a wonderful, inspiring art form. It’s an ephemeral form of expression that has the power to touch your soul and reveal your innermost feelings,« says Nicolas Le Riche, artistic director of the Royal Swedish Ballet. »You don’t need any previous knowledge. Just sit down, look, feel, enjoy.« 2023 is an important year for the Royal Swedish Ballet, which was founded by Gustav III 250 years ago. »We want to celebrate our legacy and the contribution of our artists, which inspire our lives. There is so much knowledge in this building. We strive every day to offer new artistic perspectives and exceptional performances to our audience.«

»In 2023, we want to welcome all of Sweden to celebrate our art form. The Royal Swedish Ballet will be presenting two epic ballets: Manon and Le Corsaire. Both are major dramatic, narrative ballets that allows the entire company to shine. The ballet classic Manon will return with choreography by the legendary Sir Kenneth MacMillan while the pirate adventure Le Corsaire. has been given an entirely new choreography by José Carlos Martinez. During the year there will also be repeats of Pär Isberg’s much loved Nutcracker and Mats Ek’s Juliet & Romeo, and a large audience will finally get the chance to see CACTI, Riptide and Minus 16 live in the triple bill Ekman/Hjálmarsdóttir/Naharin. We will also launch the Young Choreographers concept through which members of the Royal Swedish Ballet will create choreographies of their own. I want to offer the dancers tools they can use to show what they have within them and I want the audience to get the opportunity to discover where the next generation choreographers are at right now, because they will be setting the trends of tomorrow«, says Nicolas Le Riche.


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