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Johannes Stepanek

Movement director

Biography

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

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.

News and features

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

9 July 2017
Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

The Royal Ballet announces Company promotions and joiners for the 2017/18 Season.

Additional casting confirmed for Don Quixote

14 November 2014
Additional casting confirmed for Don Quixote

Role debuts announced for Carlos Acosta's Royal Ballet production.

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

26 August 2014
Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

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

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