First soloist of The Czech National Ballet
Born in Liberec, Ondřej Vinklát is a graduate of the Prague Dance Conservatory (2011). While still a student, he joined the Bohemia Ballet, where he excelled in solo parts in the productions Bolero and Rose (chor.: P. Zuska), Sinfonietta (chor.: P. Šmok), Le Papillon (chor.: P. Lacotte), Indigo Rose, Un Ballo (chor.: J. Kylián), and Dekka pod dekou (chor.: V. Konvalinka, T. Rychetský).
A versatile and charismatic dancer, he is capable of performing in classical and contemporary works alike. In 2012, he was engaged by the Czech National Ballet, where a year later he was named a soloist and in 2016 a first soloist. His repertoire includes the roles of Basil in Don Quixote, Krabat in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Knight Danceny in Valmont, the Golden Buddha in La Bayadère, Father in The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse, Kay in The Snow Queen, the Prince in The Little Mermaid, Colas in La Fille mal gardée and others. He has also shown his talent and charisma in modern choreographies, including Petr Zuska’s Solo for the Two of Us and Tremble, Ohad Naharin’s decadance, Jiří Kylián’s Field Mass and Bella Figura, William Forsythe’s In The Middle Somewhat Elevated, Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, and Viktor Konvalinka’s GURU.
In the 2017/18 season, he dazzled in the premiere of the production of Glen Tetley’s Le sacre du printemps within the mixed bill Timeless; he was awarded the Thalia Prize 2017 for the portrayal of the Chosen One. In 2013, Ondřej Vinklát received the prestigious accolade for his performance of Romeo in Petr Zuska’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. In addition, he was nominated as dancer of the 2018 year in the magazine TANZ and Dance Europe.
Ever since the time of his studies, he has gravitated towards choreographing. In 2015, Ondřej Vinklát, Marek Svobodník and Štěpán Pechar assumed the lead of the DekkaDancers, and went on to create a number of original works: Červenej čudlik (Red Button, Vinklát and Pechar), Přesně včas (Right On Time, Vinklát and Pechar), Křehký vrh (Delicate Arrival, Vinklát and Pechar), Vnuknutí (Seed, Vinklát and Pechar), Proměna (Metamorphosis, Vinklát and Pechar), Poslední večeře (The Last Supper, Vinklát, Svobodník, Pechar), The Czar Wants To Sleep (Vinklát and Pechar) Moreover, Ondřej Vinklát has created the choreographies Jakoby (As It Were), All Washed Out, Bit Of Soul, Teď na druhou(Now Squared). In 2018 he created a new choreography Dumka for the Czech National Ballet as part of the premiere Slavic Temper.