Johan King Silverhult
Training for Dancers
Johan King Silverhult started his professional training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School at the age of 17 after years of competing in gymnastics and swimming. His company works include Finnish National Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company, Skanes Dansteater and guesting with Royal Swedish Ballet, Peter Schaufuss Ballet, The Venice Biennale with Carolyn Carlson, Carte Blanche and Norwegian National Ballet. His repertoire includes Ohad Naharin, Patrick King, William Forsythe, Jiri Kilian, Maurice Béjart, Peter Schaufuss, John Neumeier, Carolyn Carlson, Philippe Talard and others. He performed the featured act ‘2 men’ in Cirque du Soleil’s adult extravaganza Zumanity in Las Vegas and in ‘Qi’ at Friedrichstadtpalast Berlin, as well as in galas and events around Europe. He won the Jury’s prize in Concour de Paris and had solos commissioned for him at the Venice Dance Biennale and Theatre St Quentin in Paris. Johan is based in Berlin, where he founded Salon K together with Patrick King and serves as Managing Director and performer. Salon K bring together different artistic disciplines in creations for private and corporate events in Berlin, Milan, Paris, Stockholm, Oslo, Xi’an, Rome, Zürich, Vienna. Johan has been teaching and coaching movements and choreography for the last 25 years, and has been teaching at amongst others Cirque du Soleil, Skånes Dansteater, Oxytoc Dance in Rome, University of Las Vegas, Teatro Eliseo in Rome, Opus Ballet in Florence, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Trondelag Teater in Norway and Tivoli Ballet in Copenhagen.
The focus of Johan’s class is on HOW we use our ballet technique. How to use it as a tool for expression and not as the goal itself. How to find the correct use of the technique for the individual body. The exercises are composed to trigger dynamics, directions, clarity, placement, usage of the whole body and cleaning away habits and affectations that do not serve us. To get to a clean technique and take it further, for both ballet and other styles of choreography.