Fredrik Benke Rydman
Fredrik Benke Rydman has put Sweden on the international dance map with several of his projects. In the 1990s, he was involved in founding Bounce, the much-praised, pioneering dance company, which toured Sweden and Europe for more than ten years with different productions and was a sell-out at the Globen venue in Stockholm five times over with The Last Bounce, its magnificent final production in 2010.
In 2011, after Bounce was broken up, Fredrik Benke Rydman created a modern street dance version of the ballet classic Swan Lake, which was also performed as a guest production at the Göteborg Opera. In spring 2013, he was engaged to choreograph the intermediate acts and opening number for the Eurovision Song Contest, and for a TV audience of more than 170 million. A little more than six months later, his version of the Shakespearean classic Macbeth premiered at Stadsteatern in Stockholm.
Fredrik Benke Rydman has also worked with Swedish artists such as Robyn, Eric Saade, Darin, Martin Stenmarck, Lena Philipsson and Janet Leon. In addition, together with his colleagues at Bounce, he created the hugely successful flashmob event and Michael Jackson tribute at Sergels Torg in Stockholm in 2009, which has had more than 13 million hits on YouTube.
In summer 2014, he debuted as host of Swedish TV show Sommar i P1 with a personal programme about his life as a dancer and choreographer. He also performed in Sweden’s summer TV show Allsång på Skansen with the programme’s first ”alldans” (community dancing) and a number from the show Stop. Play. Rewind. – The Monopoly Game.
In 2015 he was artistic director and choreographer for Måns Zelmerlöv, Heroes at the Eurovision Song Contest as well as director and choreographer for Danskampen, a dance performance at Gröna Lund, Stockholm. Later that same year he created a version of Stravinsky's The Firebird for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani which had its premiere 30 May.