The Czech National Ballet is directed by Filip Barankiewicz since season 2017/18. His professional career has been highly variegated – besides having pursued an illustrious journey as a dancer, he has been a renowned ballet master and coach.
Filip Barankiewicz was born in Warsaw, Poland. In 1986 he began his ballet education at the National Ballet School in his hometown. In 1991, he received the Vaslav Nijinsky Medal. Following his graduation in 1995, and won first prize at the National Ballet Competition in Poland. He was a finalist at the Eurovision Young Dancers Competition in Lausanne. At the Académie de Dance Classique in Monte Carlo leaded by Marika Besobrasova, he received a scholarship from the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation and continued study until 1996.That year, Filip Barankiewicz joined the Stuttgart Ballet, where in 2000 he was promoted to demi-soloist, to soloist in 2001, and a year later as a principal dancer. Filip Barankiewicz joins the Stuttgart Ballet on tours all around the world. From 2003 he has repeatedly been a guest principal dancer at the Czech National Ballet in Prague. He portrayed the lead roles in John Cranko’s Swan Lake, Onegin, The Taming of the Shrew, The Lady and the Fool and Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Las Hermanas and The Song of the Earth, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Four Temperaments, Serenade, Symphony in C, Glen Tetley’s Le sacre du printemps, Arena John Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Fratres and The Lady of the Camellias, Sir Ashton La Fille Mal Gardeé, Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land and No More Play, Márcia Haydée’s The Sleeping Beauty, and other story ballets: Giselle, Don Quichotte, Peter Schaufuss´s La Sylphide amongst others.
In 2003, Filip Barankiewicz completed his ballet pedagogue education. At the end of his active dancing career in Stuttgart, from 2014 he started teaching daily classes and coached the rehearsals of the productions The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko), Onegin (John Cranko), Giselle (prod.: Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina), Don Quichotte (Maximiliano Guerra). From 2014 on he also oversaw the rehearsals and coached John Cranko’s Onegin at the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm, the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki, the Estonian National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet and National Ballet of Canada. He staged Cranko`s Taming of the Shrew at the Korean National Ballet in Seoul, the Polish National Ballet in Warsaw and Bavarian State Ballet in Munich.
From September 2015 until 2017, he was a guest ballet master at the Stuttgart Ballet, participating in the creation of the company’s repertoire and the staging of choreographies by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen and Maximiliano Guerra. Furthermore, he has worked as a guest teacher at the Opera National de Bordeaux, the Polish National Ballet Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto. In 2016, Filip Barankiewicz was juror in the jury of the VIBE Vienna international ballet competition.