When Niklas chose to apply for the Royal Swedish ballet school, his parents were slightly hesitant. Soon they supported his decision. He went all the way through the school, some eight years, and says he appreciates his time there very much.
Next step was to go to Russia. After the last year in the school, when he also worked a lot with the Royal Swedish ballet, he took the chance to do something different.
After going through the tests, including video films of “every possible step in the classical syllabus”, he was accepted in Moscow.
A year was spent there, with various experiences. Living conditions were tough. Grown up in Södermalm, Stockholm, with café latte at popular cafés and so on, Niklas came to sleep in a small ice-cold room, with three roommates, plus the rats…
The difficulties did not stop there, he says he was not far from giving up and go home after the first month, being totally ignored by his teacher. Eventually, after giving all possible efforts, he got recognized and got a lot of help. Niklas says it was a great experience and nothing he regrets at all. This was a purely classical training.
I ask how the idea to start a new company came to him? Niklas thinks for several moments.
Niklas has worked in the Peter Shaufuss Ballet, National Ballet of Ireland, New English Ballet theatre, and a greek company.
A feeling was growing while working in these companies, that you do what you are told, and it is not very often that you can express yourself. This does not always fit everybody. As a dancer you are a tool for someone else’s visions.
Despite his youth he says he has always had a wish to do more than being employed, to do his own thing.
“The artistic vision for the new company is that all participants should feel that they are a part of what we present. A very honest performance, were the dancers can express their best, and be themselves. I do not request very many dancers, but I want them to be responsible in these senses. This has actually not been done before, it is a new concept, young thinking.”