Soloist of the Czech National Ballet
Matěj Šust began dancing at a tender age. Between 2001 and 2003, he received the title of junior tap-dancing champion of the Czech Republic. Subsequently, he enrolled at the Prague Dance Conservatory, completing his studies in 2011. In that year, he joined the Czech National Ballet and won the Grand Prix at the dance competition in Szczecin, Poland.
In 2013, he was promoted to demi-soloist of the Czech National Ballet, and came third in an international competition in Budapest. In 2015, he was named a soloist of the Czech National Ballet. He has portrayed a number of remarkable leading roles, including Danceny in Valmont, the Devil in The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse, Liško in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the Prince in The Little Mermaid, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and Kay in The Snow Queen. Furthermore, he has also danced the Pas de trois in Swan Lake, and appeared in contemporary choreographies, including in Ohad Naharin’s decadance, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and Christopher Bruce’s Dance at the Crossroads. His performances in the roles of Mercutio, Danceny and Kay earned him nominations for the Thalia Prize, and in 2016 he received the Opera Plus Prize. In addition to dancing, he has also worked as an educator and choreographer.