Austrian dancer Johannes Stepanek is a former 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 2010, and retired from The Royal Ballet in 2017 to focus on his new career in opera and dance. His repertory with The Royal Ballet included Prince Gremin (Onegin), Hilarion (Giselle), Paris and Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet), Alphonse (Frankenstein) 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 for the company 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
Johannes Stepanek in Onegin
Yohei Sasaki, Johannes Stepanek, Bennet Gartside in Jewels
Yasmine Naghdi and Johannes Stepanek in Infra, The Royal Ballet
Johannes Stepanek in Infra, The Royal Ballet
Toreadors in Don Quixote
Yuhui Choe, Johannes Stepanek and Bennet Gartside in Agon, The Royal Ballet
Royal Ballet First Soloist Johannes Stepanek
Laura McCulloch, Ryoichi Hirano and Johannes Stepanek in the Arabian dance, The Nutcracker,
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