Austrian choreographer, movement director and assistant director Johannes Stepanek is a former First Soloist of The Royal Ballet, and has worked as an Assistant Director on several productions for The Royal Opera.
Stepanek was born in Austria and studied at the Ballet School of Vienna State Opera, where he joined the company in 1996. In 2000 he became a member of The Royal Ballet, where he was promoted to First Soloist and performed an extensive repertory including classical and contemporary works. He created roles for choreographers including Liam Scarlett, Kim Brandstrup and Wayne McGregor. He also danced as a guest artist in theatres around the world. Since retiring from dance, Stepanek has worked widely as an Assistant Director and Movement Director. Away from The Royal Opera, he has assisted Javier De Frutos on Les Enfants Terribles with The Royal Ballet at the Barbican, assisted director Barrie Kosky on Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Bayreuth Festival and been Movement Director for the world premiere of GerMANIA, directed by John Fulljames, for Opéra de Lyon.
In summer 2019 Stepanek is Movement Director for Das Rheingold, the first in the new Ring cycle for Longborough Festival.
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Sarah Lamb and Johannes Stepanek in rehearsals
Johannes Stepanek in Onegin
Yohei Sasaki, Johannes Stepanek, Bennet Gartside in Jewels
Yasmine Naghdi and Johannes Stepanek in Infra, The Royal Ballet
Toreadors in Don Quixote
Johannes Stepanek in Infra, The Royal Ballet
Laura McCulloch, Ryoichi Hirano and Johannes Stepanek in the Arabian dance, The Nutcracker,
Royal Ballet First Soloist Johannes Stepanek
Yuhui Choe, Johannes Stepanek and Bennet Gartside in Agon, The Royal Ballet
Johannes Stepanek and Sarah Lamb in Polyphonia, The Royal Ballet
Itziar Mendizabal, Alexander Campbell, Deidre Chapman and Johannes Stepanek in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet
Sarah Lamb and Johannes Stepanek in Polyphonia
Yuhui Choe as Olga and Johannes Stepanek as Lensky in Onegin
Johannes Stepanek - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Backstage Access