BiographyStudied classical dance at Prague’s Dance Conservatory and choreography at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts with Pavel Šmok. He continued his education by studying with Merce Cunningham in New York. Since the very beginning of his career he has focused on modern dance.
Between 1983 and 1992 he danced at Pavel Šmok’s Prague Chamber Ballet, between 1992 and 1994 in the leading British ensemble Rambert Dance Company in London, where he worked with the renowned choreographers Jiří Kylián, Gerhard Bohner, Richard Alston, Siobhan Davies and Christopher Bruce. Since 1994 he has been a freelance choreographer, dancer and pedagogue. For two years he taught stage movement at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts and at the same time taught modern dance at the Dance Department of the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In 2000 he led the dance ensemble of the Theatre in Liberec.
His most noteworthy recent choreographies include the original production Dance Hall, or Dance Afternoon Parties for the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre in Ostrava (2004); the choreography for Gabriela Preissová’s play The Farmer’s Wench for Divadlo Na Zábradlí (2004, the production received a nomination for the Alfréd Radok Award); with the drama ensemble of the National Theatre Prague he cooperated in 2002 on the Shed I project as stage director of Sarah Kane’s play Phaedra (From Love); he staged Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things at Divadlo Komedie (2002); at State Opera Prague he directed and choreographed Glass’s opera The Fall of the House of Usher (1999) and, within a comparative evening, the operas Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart and G. Gazzaniga (2001). For the production The Little I Know about Sylphs for the Theatre in Liberec he received the 2002 SAZKA Award for New Dance Artist.
Update: January 2009