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Johannes Stepanek

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Johannes Stepanek in action.
Royal Ballet First Soloist Johannes Stepanek © Rick Guest

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 In the Night, 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.

News and features

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

26 August 2014

A number of Royal Ballet dancers are performing extracts from iconic dance works.

Royal Ballet dancers the subjects of new photography exhibition

Royal Ballet dancers the subjects of new photography exhibition

24 January 2013

Fashion, dance and photography brought together in works by Rick Guest.

Behind the Scenes at rehearsals for Agon

Behind the Scenes at rehearsals for Agon

26 October 2009

Royal Ballet Masterclasses offer an insight into the rehearsal process

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