Freelance Ballet Master & Coach, Artistic Director as of 2017/18
Filip Barankiewicz was born in Warsaw, Poland. In 1986, he began his ballet training at the National Ballet School in his home city and subsequently performed in various ballets in Warsaw and Lódz. During that time, Emil Wesolowski created a role for him in The Way. In 1991 he won the Vaslav Nijinsky Medal. In 1995 he graduated and won the first prize at the National Ballet Competition in Poland. In the same year he was a finalist at the Grand Prix d’Eurovision for young dancers in Lausanne. He continued his studies with Marika Beso-brasova at the Académie de Danse Classique in Monte Carlo, where he received a scholar-ship sponsored by the Nureyev Foundation and graduated in 1996.
Filip Barankiewicz joined the Stuttgart Ballet in the same year. He was promoted to Demi-Soloist in September 2000, to Soloist in September 2001. His promotion to Principal Dancer followed in September 2002.
Since 2003 he has danced as a permanent guest with the Czech National Ballet in Prague, where he has portrayed Siegfried in Swan Lake, as well as Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew and the title role in Onegin (both John Cranko).
Furthermore, he has appeared in several galas in Prague, Poznań and Krakow, as well as in Bodrum, Salzburg, Karlsruhe and Pforzheim. He also danced Petrucchio as a guest with the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro Ballet, with the Norwegian National Ballet, with the Leipzig Ballet, with the Ballet of the Semperoper Dresden, where he danced with Leslie Heylmann in 2008 at her farewell performance, and with the West Australian Ballet. In 2008 he also danced a Pas de deux from John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew with Leslie Heyl-mann in Birmingham at the Farewell Gala for Desmond Kelly, the outgoing Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. In 2004, Filip Barankiewicz danced the male title role in Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko), and in 2006 the role of Albrecht in Giselle as a guest of the Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Lisbon.
In 2009 he also danced Romeo at the Vienna State Opera opposite Polina Semionova as Juliet. In 2003, 2006 and 2009, Filip Barankiewicz was invited to the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, where he danced with the internationally renowned ballerinas Alessandra Ferri, Alina Cojocaru and Maria Eichwald. In 2010 he guested with Maria Eichwald at the Polish National Ballet in his home town in John Cranko’s Onegin. At the beginning of 2013, the Ballet Direc-tor Ivan Cavallari invited him to dance Basilio in the world premiere of Don Quichotte ou l’illusion perdue by Rui Lopes Graça at the Ballet de l’Opèra du Rhin. In November 2013 he danced the Pas de deux from My Way (Stephan Thoss) with Alexander Zaitsev at the Gala during the Three Centuries of World Ballet festival on the occasion of the 240th anniversary of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. On 29 March 2014 he danced with the famous Japanese dancer Miyako Yoshida at the NHK Gala in Tokyo. In April 2014 he was part of the performance when Roberto Bolle was awarded the UNESCO medal in Paris.
Filip Barankiewicz completed his ballet pedagogue education in 2003. Besides dancing, Filip Barankiewicz also works as a guest trainer at the Polish National Ballet in Warsaw, as well as at The Czech National Ballet in Prague. At the Stuttgart Ballet he gave classes and oversaw rehearsals of The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko), Onegin (John Cranko ) and Giselle (Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina) during 2014.
In 2014 he also coached the rehearsals of John Cranko’s Onegin at the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm and at the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki.
Since September 2014 he has been a freelance principal dancer, coach and guest teacher.
During the first half of 2015 he was invited as a guest ballet master to the Opera National de Bordeaux, the Estonian National Ballet and the Korean National Ballet to stage Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew. He also performed at the Aids Gala in Salzburg and at the Gala des Etoiles with Svetlana Zakharova in Luxembourg.
Since September 2015 he has been a guest ballet master with the Stuttgart Ballet, assisting with the overall repertory and assuming responsibility for choreographic works by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen.
In October / November 2015 he assisted Jane Bourne with staging Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew at the Polish National Ballet in Warsaw. In March 2016 he sat on the jury of the Vienna International Ballet Experience competition. During May 2016 he taught at the ballet company of the Bordeaux National Opera, headed by Charles Jude. In June he restaged The Taming of the Shrew at the Korean National Ballet in Seoul.
In the summer 2016, Filip will be participating in the staging of John Cranko's Onegin at Bal-let de Santiago directed by Marcia Haydee.
At the beginning of the 2017/2018 season, Filip will become Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet in Prague. To mark the appointment, on 21 June 2015 he staged a Dance Gala at the State Opera in Prague in order to introduce himself as the new head of The Czech Na-tional Ballet.
Photo: Roman Novitzky