Fredrik Benke Rydman
Fredrik Benke Rydman has put Sweden on the international dance map with a number of projects such as Rite, performed at Kulturhuset City Theatre in Stockholm and awarded the Swedish Theatre Critics Association’s Dance Prize, and the musical Fack Ju Göthe, staged in Munich and winner of the Best Musical Award in Germany. At the Göteborg Opera, Fredrik has staged his acclaimed version of The Firebird and in 2013, his highly praised version of The Swan Lake was also performed here.
In the 1990s, Fredrik co-founded the renowned groundbreaking dance company Bounce which went on to tour Sweden and Europe for more than ten years with its popular productions. The company’s final production The Last Bounce in 2010 was a sell-out five times over at the Globe Arena in Stockholm.
In 2011, following the breakup of Bounce, Fredrik created The Swan Lake Reloaded, a modern street dance version of the classic Swan Lake, which became a huge success and has been seen by around 250,000 people across Europe. A special performance was also given at the Göteborg Opera.
Fredrik has since been very successful with his own dance performances such as Stop. Play. Rewind. (Dansens Hus 2014), the Firebird (Göteborg Opera 2015) - Fredrik’s own version of Nutcracker which premiered at Dansens Hus in Stockholm in 2016 and then toured Europe - and the show Now with Danny Saucedo (premiered at Hamburger Börs in 2017).
Fredrik has also directed a variety of performances including Macbeth (2013) and Because I'm Worth It! (2017) at Kulturhuset City Theatre in Stockholm and The Seventh Seal at Uppsala City Theatre (2018 together with Hugo Hansén).
Fredrik Benke Rydman has worked with many of Sweden's greatest artists. In 2015, he choreographed Måns Zelmerlöw’s Heroes which went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2013 and 2016, when the Eurovision Song Contest was hosted by Sweden, a TV audience of over 170 million could enjoy Fredrik’s choreography in the opening number and intermediate acts. In the summer of 2014, Fredrik made his debut on Swedish radio when hosting the show Summer at P1 whilst giving a very personal account of his life as a dancer and choreographer. In 2019, Fredrik was asked to create the video for Avicii’s new single Tough Love.
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.