Principal Dancer of The Stuttgart Ballet
Filip Barankiewicz was born in Warsaw, Poland. In 1986, he began his ballet training at the National Ballet School in his home city. During that time he performed in various ballets in Warsaw and Lódz. Emil Wesolowski created a role on him in The Way. In 1991 he won the Waslaw Nijinski Medal. In 1995, he graduated and won the first prize at the National Ballet Competition in Poland. He continued his studies with Marika Besabrasova at the Académie de Dance Classique in Monte Carlo where he received a scholarship sponsored by the Nurejev Foundation. There he received his diploma in 1996.
He joined the Stuttgart Ballet in that same year and was promoted to Demi-Soloist in September 2000, to Soloist in September 2001 and to Principal Dancer in September 2002.
His repertoire of major leading roles includes the title roles in Onegin and Romeo and Juliet, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake and Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew (all: John Cranko), Albrecht in Giselle (Production: Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina) as well as Carabosse and Prince Desiré in The Sleeping Beauty (Márcia Haydée after Marius Petipa) and James in La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss, after August Bournonville).
Other leading roles Filip Barankiewicz has danced with the Stuttgart Ballet are: Lenski in Onegin, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Benno in Swan Lake and Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew (all: John Cranko), the Peasant-Pas de deux in Giselle (Production: Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina), Colas in the Stuttgart Ballet’s premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, Gaveston and Warwick in Edward II (David Bintley), Basilio in Don Quijote (Maximiliano Guerra), The Blue Bird, the Prince of the East, and Ali Baba in Márcia Haydée’s The Sleeping Beauty (after Marius Petipa), des Grieux and Gaston in The Lady of the Camellias as well as Allan Gray in A Streetcar named Desire, both by John Neumeier.
Filip Barankiewicz also danced Sanguinic in The four Temperaments (George Balanchine), the First Movement in John Cranko’s Initials R.B.M.E., the Role in Green in Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering as well as leading parts in Serenade and Stravinsky Violin Concerto (both: George Balanchine), Orma (Mauro Bigonzetti), No More Play and Return to a strange Land (both: Jiří Kylián), Seventh Symphony (Uwe Scholz) and Le sacre du printemps by Glen Tetley.
He further performed in Stavinsky Violin Concerto and Symphony in C (both: George Balanchine), in John Cranko’s Jeu de Cartes, in Ashes (Daniela Kurz), The Song of the Earth (Sir Kenneth MacMillan), Vers un Pays Sage (Jean Christophe Maillot), Now and Then (John Neumeier), in Robert North’s Troy Game, in dreamdeepdown (Kevin O’Day), Seventh Symphony (Uwe Scholz), Arena, Le sacre du printemps, and Voluntaries (all: Glen Tetley), in 5 Tangos and Kleines Requiem (both: Hans van Manen) as well as the roles of the Doctor and the Paper Boy in A Streetcar named Desire (John Neumeier). At the Stuttgart Ballet’s Gala on New Years' Eve 1998 he performed the Pas de deux The Flame of Paris (Wassili Wainonen).
Roles were created especially for Filip Barankiewcz by Christian Spuck in his ballet nocturne, by Wayne McGregor in Nautilus, by Kevin O’Day in Igor Poems, by James Sutherland in (Im)paired Ground and by Marc Spradling in The Shaking Tent.
Filip Barankiewicz has joined the Stuttgart Ballet on tours to Paris, Italy, Luxembourg, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Bangkok and to the USA. Since 2003 he is dancing as a permanent guest at the National Theatre Prague, Czech Republic. There he performed Siegfried in Swan Lake and Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew (both: John Cranko). As guest dancer at the Ballet do Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, at the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo, and at the Leipzig Ballet he danced Petrucchio in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew. He danced Romeo in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet in 2004 as well as Albrecht in Giselle in 2006 as a guest of the CNB Lisbon.
In 2004 he danced at the Prix Benois Gala in Moscow, an International Gala in Lisboa, and a Gala in South Korea with Sue Jin Kang, also Principal Dancer at the Stuttgart Ballet. With Alessandra Ferri, internationally renowned female dancer and prima ballerina at the Scala in Milan, Filip Barankiewicz danced a Pas de deux from The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko) at the 10th World Ballet Festival in Tokyo as well as at a Gala in Cremona, Italy, both in 2003. At the 11th World Ballet Festival in Tokyo in 2006 he danced with Alina Cojocaru, Royal Ballet, and Elena Tentschikowa, Stuttgart Ballet.