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Swan Lake

Guest performance!

Dance. Fredrik Benke Rydman's acclaimed new interpretation of the classic ballet Swan Lake has played to sold out houses at Dansens Hus in Stockholm two winters in a row. In June this hit will be coming to The Göteborg Opera!

Fredrik Rydman's interpretation of the classic tale of Swan Lake makes the action contemporary, with street dance meeting Tchaikovsky. Instead of sorcery and supernatural events, Rothbart gains power over those around him using drugs. The swans are sex workers who are completely dependent on Rothbart's protection and the heroin he provides them with. The craving for drugs and love plays a central role in the struggle between good and bad. Making the right decision and daring to trust the right person are crucial. How will the tale end this time?

Tchaikovsky's original score is used to a certain extent but is blended with completely new compositions and specially written music by Salem Al Fakir and Moneybrother among others.

Dancers: Maria Andersson (Odette, the white swan), Lisa Arnold (swan), Alexandro Duchén (a friend of the prince), Kevin Foo (a friend of the prince), Gabriella Kaiser (the mother), Daniel Koivunen (Rothbart), Robert Malmborg (the prince), Anna Näsström (swan), Rim Shawki (Odile, the black swan), Fredrik Wentzel (the jester, the father)

Swing: Eva Gardfors, Martin Jonsson, Kristina Kjellsson, Robin Peters

Specially composed music by Salem Al Fakir, Moneybrother, Eye N' I from PH3 and Skizz from Stockholmssyndromet, Adiam Dymott, Lune, Mario Perez Amigo and Simsoak Lighting design by Linus Fellbom, stage design by Fredrik Rydman and Lehna Edwall, and costumes by Lehna Edwall.

We have released tickets for an additional performance on Saturday the 15th June at 3 pm!

There are some seats available in the Stalls with partially obstructed view.
To book these tickets please contact our Ticket Office by telephone on
+46 (0)31-13 13 00.

”A respectful injection of vitamins” ”A dance party that with energy and force tackles tradition.” GP
“Locking and breaking are mixed with capoeira and contemporary ballet in a dynamic mixture” Upsala Nya Tidning
”A kaleidoscopic Swan Lake to love” SR Kulturnytt
”Right now the genre’s most vivid and creative interpreter “ Upsala Nya Tidning
"High culture and entertainment merge into a stunning visual work of art and one of the most spectacular performances in recent memory” Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg

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1997 Fredrik founded together with other dancers The Bounce Streetdance Company, that developed to Sweden´s most successful dance company. They toured for 13 years very successfully through Europe – so much successful that Fredrik picture is greating the visitors to Stockholm on the airport out of the row of the most well-kown swedish people. With Bounce he created several shows, the most well kown of them is Insane in the Brane – a dance version of One Flew over the Cocoo´s Nest. Fredrik also created the idea of the Michael Jackson tribute Flash Mob, which the group showed after his death in 2009 as an honour to the artist in Stockholm and found imitators worldwide. On YouTube the clip has been visited by more than 8 million visitors. In 2010 the Company said goodbye to their audience with the show “The Last Bounce”, that had been seen in sweden´s biggest arena, the Ericsson Globe, during 3 day rom more than 50.000 visitors.

His next projects include the swedish version of X Factor and he will direct and choreograph shakespeare´s MacBeth as a modern dance piece on the City Theatre in Stockholm.

The Göteborg Opera presents Svansjön in collaboration with Blixten & Co.


  • Genre: Dance
  • Season: 2012/2013
  • premiere: 5 Jun 2013
  • Last show: 15 Jun 2013
  • Location:

    Main Stage

  • Length: 1 hour and 15 minutes, no interval.


Idea and choreography   Fredrik Benke Rydman
Set design   Fredrik Rydman och Lehna Edwall
Costume design   Lehna Edwall
Lightdesign   Linus Fellbom och Emma Westerberg

Takes part

Dancers   Maria Andersson, Lisa Arnold, Alexander Duchén, Kevin Foo, Gabriella Kaiser, Daniel Koivunen, Robert Malmborg, Anna Näsström, Rim Shawki, Fredrik Wentzel
Swing   Eva Gardfors, Martin Jonsson, Kristina Kjellsson, Robin Peters