Johannes Öhman

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE STAATSBALLETT BERLIN

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Sven Johannes Öhman studied at the Kungliga Svenska Balettskolan (Royal Swedish Ballet School) in Stockholm and in Paris and was taught by, among others, Raymond Franchetti, Mikhail Messerer, Konstantin Damianov and Ellen Rasch.

In 1987 he was hired by the Royal Swedish Ballet and appointed soloist in 1991. Between 1986 and 1988 he also worked as a soloist at the Basel Ballet in Switzerland. He won the Paris Opera »Prix Rayonnement« in the Inter-national Ballet Competition in Paris in 1986 and was a finalist in the Varna International Ballet Competition the same year. In 1987 he repre-sented Sweden at Eurovision Young Dancers in Schwetzingen.

As a teacher he worked at the Cullberg Ballet, the Ballet Academy in Stockholm and at the Royal Ballet in London.

From 2002 to 2007, Johannes Öhman was the Artistic Director of Stockholm 59°North, a modern dance ensemble with soloists of the Royal Swedish Ballet, which toured both in Sweden and abroad.

During his time as the Director of the Gothenburg Operans Danskompani from 2007 to 2011 (formerly Gothenburg Ballet) world premieres by artists such as Alexander Ekman, Johan Inger, Wim Vandekeybus and Stijn Celis, were created and the company also presented works by Mats Ek, Jiři Kylián and Sasha Waltz.

In 2011 he took over management of the Royal Swedish Ballet, founded in 1773 by King Gustav III and one of the oldest ballet companies in the world. Today it is the largest ensemble in Sweden with a total of 67 dancers. As one of his first acts as new director of the company, Öhman commissioned a new ballet: Julia & Romeo by Mats Ek, who was already a guest at the Paris Opera, in London, Germany and the United States. This piece won the Olivier Awards for Best New Dance Production in 2015.

During his time at the Royal Swedish Ballet, Öhman significantly expanded the company's repertoire. He included productions like Onegin (John Cranko), Sleeping Beauty (Marcia Haydée), Don Quixote (Rudolf Nurejev), Alice in Wonderland (Christopher Wheeldon), presented works by choreographers of the likes of Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, David Dawson and commissioned world premieres by Frank Andersen, Olivier Dubois, Sharon Eyal, Emanuel Gat and Johan Inger. He organized international guest performances for the Royal Swedish Ballet at Opéra National de Paris (Palais Garnier), the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington DC, Segerstrom Hall in Los Angeles and Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.              

For outstanding artistic contributions as artistic director he received H.M. the King’s Medal Litteris et Artibus in 2016.