Dansens Hus (The House of Dance) is the largest Swedish venue for guest performances in contemporary dance from Sweden and all over the world.


Dansens Hus was founded by The Royal Swedish Opera, The Swedish National Touring Theatre, The Göteborg Opera, Skåne’s Dance Theatre, Danscentrum and the Dance Museum. Every year, the two stages of Dansens Hus host about 40 high quality guest performances, reaching an audience of around 70,000. Among the objectives for Dansens Hus are contributing to the evolution of dance as an art form and working towards better accessibility and a more diverse audience. Its responsibilities also include activities for children and young people. Dansens Hus has a turnover of SEK 50 million, and is mainly financed through governmental and municipal grants.

Dansens Hus is assigned the task of advancing the evolution of the art of dance, and presenting audiences with the most interesting encounters possible in Swedish and international dance. As our current Artistic Director is moving towards new challenges, we are looking for a new and inspiring force with thorough experience in the areas of leadership and artistic activity in the performing arts.

As Chief Executive/Artistic Director, you will be expected to develop a successful repertoire with artistic vision, as well as being responsible for budget and time frames being created and adhered to. Responsibilities include strategic and operative concerns and working toward the further development of networks in Sweden and abroad.

Our Chief Executive/Artistic Director should have experience in managing a publicly financed artistic organisation. Your leadership skills are good, and you know how to maintain a good working environment.

Dansens Hus has around 25 permanent employees and many guest choreographers, dancers, scenographers and stage technicians. The Chief Executive/Artistic Director reports to the board of the Dansens Hus Foundation and is expected to dialogue openly and frequently around strategy, framework and goal attainment.

Applicants will be very well acquainted with the art of contemporary dance, have an extensive international network, and be able to contribute to creating opportunities for Swedish as well as international contemporary dance to reach a wider audience. We are looking for a visionary who can guide the art form of dance into an exciting future.

We want applicants to have a background in dance and well documented experience in leadership positions in similar publicly financed organisations. You should be a competent and dedicated leader with good judgment and high integrity.

The Chief Executive/Artistic Director will work toward balanced finances and understand the necessity of in-house-generated income. Applicants are expected to be able to express themselves well in both Swedish and English, written as well as spoken, or if this is not yet the case, be willing to learn Swedish.

This assignment is a fixed-term contract position, starting by agreement.

We look forward to receiving your application via www.mercuriurval.se (ref.nr. SE-13801) as soon as possible, latest September 22. For questions about the position, please contact Caroline Kock at Mercuri Urval, caroline.kock@mercuriurval.com or phone number +468-506 450 21.

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