Austrian dancer Johannes Stepanek is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2000, promoted to First Artist in 2001, Soloist in 2005 and First Soloist in 2011. His repertory includes Lensky (Onegin), Hilarion (Giselle), Paris and Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet) and roles in Infra, Chroma, La Valse, Judas Tree, Gloria and Agon. His role creations include in Children of Adam, Tryst, Three Songs – Two Voices, Asphodel Meadows and The Human Seasons. He was one of four Royal Ballet dancers who created roles in Kim Brandstrup's The Fall of the House of Usher at the Bregenz Festival in 2006.
Stepanek grew up in Vienna and trained at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School. In his last year he was a Prix de Lausanne semifinalist and began working as an apprentice at the Vienna State Opera Ballet. He joined the company upon graduation in 1996 and was promoted to demi-soloist in 1999; his roles included Benvolio (John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet) and roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Manon, Swan Lake, Raymonda, La Valse and live broadcasts of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year concerts.
In addition to his work as a dancer, Stepanek created the costumes for two Royal Ballet productions in the Linbury Studio Theatre, Despite (2006) and Now (2009). He also teaches movement to members of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and works as an assistant director for The Royal Opera.
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Sarah Lamb and Johannes Stepanek in rehearsals © Andrej Uspenski 2013
Itziar Mendizabal, Alexander Campbell, Deidre Chapman and Johannes Stepanek in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet © Aldeburgh Music / Rob Marrison 2014
Itziar Mendizabal as the Queen of Hearts and Camille Bracher, Johannes Stepanek, Jonathan Howells and David Pickering as Playing Cards in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013
Toreadors in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson, 2013
Laura McCulloch, Ryoichi Hirano and Johannes Stepanek in the Arabian dance, The Nutcracker, ©Johan Persson/ROH 2010
Sarah Lamb and Johannes Stepanek in Polyphonia © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012
Johannes Stepanek and Sarah Lamb in Polyphonia, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012
Johannes Stepanek in Infra, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Andrej Uspenski, 2012
Johannes Stepanek - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Backstage Access © ROH/2011
Royal Ballet First Soloist Johannes Stepanek © Rick Guest
Johannes Stepanek in Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010
Yuhui Choe as Olga and Johannes Stepanek as Lensky in Onegin © Bill Cooper/ROH 2010
Yuhui Choe, Johannes Stepanek and Bennet Gartside in Agon, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2009
Yohei Sasaki, Johannes Stepanek, Bennet Gartside in Jewels © Johan Persson/ROH 2007