Håkan Mayer is a trained dancer and was for 10 years employed at the Royal Opera. In 1986 he began freelancing together with Kenneth Kvarnström, Per Jonsson, Susanne Jaresand and Birgit Cullberg, a commitment which led to a series of European tours.
As a choreographer, he debuted at Drottningholms Slottsteater, with Dido and Aeneas among others, directed by David Radok, with whom he also collaborated on Il viaggio a Reims, The Barber of Seville, Cinderella, Don Giovanni, K. Description of a struggle, La Traviata, Macbeth, Julius Caesar and The Rake's Progress, all at The Göteborg Opera.
He has also worked with Radok on The Magic Flute and Description of a struggle (the play) in Prague, The Barber of Seville in Aix-en-Provence and La traviata and The Rake's Progress at The Royal Danish Theatre.
Other operas at The Göteborg Opera for which he created the choreography are The Marriage of Figaro, Eugene Onegin and Goya.
Håkan Mayer has also worked with productions in musicals, operas and theatre, at the Stockholm City Theatre, the Wermland Opera and NorrlandsOperan, among others.