Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet
Filip Barankiewicz was born in Warsaw, where he enrolled at the National Ballet School in 1986. In 1991 he received the Vaslav Nijinsky Medal, and in 1995 he won the National Ballet Competition in Poland. At the Académie de Danse Classique in Monte-Carlo he received a scholarship from the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation and continued his studies until 1996. His professional career has been diverse and distinguished – a superb leading dancers, he gained fame as a guest coach at prestigious venues worldwide and today he is a noted ballet master. He has staged John Cranko’s choreographies in numerous companies (Opéra National de Bordeaux, Estonian National Ballet, Korean National Ballet, Polish National Theatre in Warsaw, Santiago Ballet de Chile, Bavarian State Ballet…).
Since the 2017/2018 season is the Artistic director of the Czech National Ballet. During his illustrious career as a dancer, he gained invaluable experience over 18 seasons with the Stuttgarter Ballett, where he was a principal dancer and later on a ballet master and coach. He has keenly followed global trends, understands the wide international context and supports colourful diversity.
Artistic director considers it is important that dancers fully reach their potential and perform at the highest level possible, thus the repertoire of the company is very demanding and the quality of interpretation is excellent. He has duly incorporated the most important productions (created by the most renowned choreographers) of the global ballet heritage (Swan Lake, Onegin by John Cranko, The Sleeping Beauty by Marcia Haydée, La Fille mal gardée by Frederick Ashton, Serenade by George Balanchine, The Rite of Spring by Glen Tetley, Kafka: The Trial by Mauro Bigonzetti, Leonce & Lena by Christian Spuck as well as a number of works by Jiří Kylián (Symphony of Psalms, Petite Mort, Bella Figura, Gods and Dogs, Sechs Tänze). This is where the past and future meets (Kozielska, Vinklát, Kaydanovskiy, Gat, Soto, Cerrudo, Lee), thus allowing their art to grow and evolve.