Internationally sought-after choreographer Jiří Bubeníček enjoyed enormous acclaim over his almost 25-year career as one of the world’s top ballet dancers. Musicality, athleticism, suppleness, an unparalleled technique and his instinctive sense of character turned him into an international star. During his time with the Hamburg Ballet, John Neumeier created numerous roles for him, the most legendary being “Nijinsky”. Following his engagement from 1993-2006 (from 1997 as principal), Jiří Bubeníček went to Dresden to take up the position of principal with the Semperoper Ballet. There he performed countless choreographies by Petipa, Fokine, Balanchine, McMillan, Cranko, Kylián, Inger, Forsythe, Dawson, Celis and the Dresden ballet director Aaron S. Watkin until his departure in 2015. Guest appearances took him around the world. Particularly memorable were his engagements at the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris where he partnered the leading ballerinas of the age in the “Lady of the Camellias”. In 2002 he was awarded the “Benois de la Danse” for his interpretation of Armand. His many other prizes include the “Espèces” of the Prix de Lausanne or the Mary Wigman Prize bestowed by the Semperoper.
Jiří Bubeníček created his first choreographies back in 1999 in the midst of his dancing career. From short scenes to abstract pieces to full-length narrative ballets, his current oeuvre of over 70 works is impressively large.
He created new works for companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Teatro di Roma, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Tokyo City Ballet, New York City Ballet, State Vienna Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Mariinsky Ballet Theater, North Carolina Dance Theatre in Charlotte in USA, for dancers from Opéra national de Paris, Croatian National Ballet in Zagreb, Croatian National Ballet Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka, Nuovo Balletto di Toscana in Florence, Badisches State Theater in Karlsruhe, Dortmund Ballet, Slovenia National Theatre Opera and Ballet in Ljubljana, he was a choreographer for The Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert 2016 and many other companies around the globe.
In particular, Jiří Bubeníček has established an outstanding reputation as a choreographic storyteller: his successful productions include “Anita Berber – Goddess of the Night” (2016), “Doctor Zhivago” (2016), “The Piano” (2018), “The Trial” (2019), “Cinderella” (2019) or "Romeo and Juliet" (2022). Amongst his many honours, the choreographer was awarded the “Europa in Danza” for his version of “Carmen” (2019) or “Boris Papandopulo” award for „Romeo and Juliet“ for the best ballet performance in the 2021/22 season. And, of course, Jiří Bubeníček is a familiar face in the international media through TV and DVD productions of his choreographies as well as those featuring him as a dancer. In addition to founding a touring company “Les Ballets Bubeníček” to perform own choreographies, Jiří Bubeníček is also socially engaged, striving to build bridges between diverse cultures. For these efforts, he was awarded the “Silver Medal of the City of Prague” in 2017, a very special accolade from his home city.
Apart from being an accomplished dancer and choreographer, Jiří Bubeníček has made significant contributions to the dance world. As the visionary artistic director of the esteemed touring company "Les Ballets Bubeníček", he has curated captivating performances that showcase his own mesmerising choreographies, as well as collaborations with other renowned choreographers. Under his leadership, the company has embarked on numerous successful tours, gracing some of the world's most prestigious venues, from Tokyo's grand stages to renowned theatres across Europe.
Jiří Bubeníček holds a Master of Art in Dance Pedagogy from the prestigious Palucca University of Dance in Dresden. With a deep passion for teaching, he has been actively involved in sharing his expertise at numerous ballets schools and summer intensive programs. He takes great pleasure in nurturing and mentoring the next generation of young dancers, inspiring them to flourish in their artistic journey.
Notably, he has taken his dedication to dance education even further by establishing the esteemed "Bubeníček Ballet Masterclasses"in collaboration with the renowned Music Festival in Krumlov, in the Czech Republic. This exceptional initiative brings together aspiring dancers and enthusiasts from around the world to immerse themselves in his enriching and transformative teachings. Through this remarkable partnership, he continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of dance, nurturing talent and fostering a deeper appreciation for the art form.
Maria Matarranz de Las Heras received the esteemed "Croatian Theatre Art's Award" (Nagrada hrvatskog glumišta) for "Outstanding Achievement of a Young Ballet Artist Under the Age of 28". This recognition was bestowed upon her exceptional portrayal of Juliet in Jiří Bubeníček's "ROMEO AND JULIET"
On the 25th of November 2023, Natalia Kosovac was presented with the accolade for "Best Artistic Achievement in Ballet - Female Role" for her remarkable performance as Valerie in the ballet"SPARTACUS" set to the music of A. Hačaturjan, choreographed by Jiří Bubeníček. Takuya Sumitomo was honored with the award for "Best Artistic Achievement in Ballet - Male Role" in acknowledgment of his outstanding portrayal of Spartacus in the ballet of the same name.
Jiří Bubeníček's "ROMEO AND JULIET" featuring captivating stage and costume designs by Nadina Cojocaru, is set to grace the stage once more. This time, the performance will be accompanied by a live orchestra as part of the company's tour, taking place at the Theatre Winterthur in Switzerland from January 25-27, 2024. For more information, please visit the theatre's WEBSITE.
Jiří has recently completed the esteemed work-study Master's Degree Programme in Dance Teaching at Palucca University of Dance Dresden. This remarkable journey spans over three years of dedication, passion, and artistic growth.
As a renowned dancer and choreographer, Jiří Bubeníček has embarked on a transformative academic path, enriching his already exceptional skills in the art of dance. Throughout this intensive program, he has honed his teaching expertise, further elevating his profound understanding of the art form and its nuances.
July 14, 2023 - PRESTIGIOUS GALA CONCERT: "FRENCH NIGHT" with Jiří Bubeníček's Choreography
For the opening concert of 32nd edition of international music Festival Krumlov , titled "French Night," Jiří has created three new choreographies set to music by composers: Henri Duparc's "Aux étoiles", Claude Debussy's "La Mer" danced by selected participants from BUBENÍČEK BALLET MASTERCLASSES, while Maurice Ravel's captivating "Bolero" wasperformed by leading ballet soloists LES BALLETS BUBENÍČEK that brought the evening to a mesmerizing crescendo.
BUBENÍČEK BALLET MASTERCLASSES was held in the UNESCO World Heritage cite, Český Krumlov between July 4 to 14, 2023. Over the course of 10 days, students and dancers had the rare opportunity to spend time with remarkable artists who are not only skilled professionals, but also passionate and kind-hearted individuals. They have dedicated their lives to the art of ballet, gracing the most exquisite theatres around the world with their unforgettable performances.
The prestigious awards recognize the remarkable talent, dedication, and captivating performances in the theater season 2022/23 delivered by Atina Tanovic and Yuho Yoshioka, contributing to the resounding success of the "Spartacus" ballet production. The Croatian National Theatre commends their outstanding artistry and applauds their significant contributions to the world of dance.
ROMEO AND JULIET stole the spotlight at the prestigious 10TH THEATRE OLYMPIC, hosted this year in Pécs, Hungary, as a captivating part of a magnificent festival. The performance was an absolute triumph, evoking heartfelt emotions from the audience, who responded with synchronized applause and a standing ovation. To get a glimpse of the company's remarkable tour, take a moment to watch this captivating one-and-a-half-minute DOCUMENTARY VIDEO.
The Tokyo City Ballet continues to explore new ballet works with three highly anticipated works. Beginning of March 2023 at the Tokyo's Tiara Koto Large Hall, "L'HEURE BLEUE"a ballet by Jiří Bubeníček, with Stage and Costume Designer Otto Bubeníček will be part of a "Triple Bill 2023" evening. A performance with Japanese premiere of Williem Forsythe's "Artifact II" and George Balanchine's "Allegro Brillante" (Premiere).
Full length ballet in two acts "SPARTACUS" inspired by Raffaello Giovagnoli’s Novel celebrated its premiere on January 27, 2023 with The Croatian National Ballet in Zagreb. Jiří Bubeníček together with Nadina Cojocaru wrote entirely a new libretto and newly re-arranged Aram Khachaturian's music according to the story. This anabled the birth of a completely new ballet with stage design created by Italian by Dario Gessati and Nadina Cojocaru was responsible for the costum design that included over 100 costumes.
January 27, 2023, "SPARTACUS" had its premiere at The Croatian National Ballet in Zagreb. On this occasion to celebrate this event, "SPARTACUS NFT", a unique collectible items representing this important moment in dance history was launched. NFT is a special type of cryptographic token which represents something unique, a piece of art that can be stored and collected, and can even increase its financial value. By owning this NFT, one is possessing a very unique electronic art souvenir and have forever a part of the performance. It is for the very first time a choreographer is using this new blockchain technology in dance field.
Theatre "Forum am Schlosspark" hosted The Croatian National Ballet in Rijeka with Shakespeare's immortal love story Romeo and Juliet. Jiří Bubeníček's interpretation takes place in a dream architecture reminiscent of atient ruins. The choreography was created in April 2022 and is now coming to Ludwigsburg. The German premiere was on December 3 and 4, 2022.
Nicola Prato was awarded for the best male role, receiving the audience award "Joža Komljenović" for the role of Romeo, Marta Voinea Čavrak won the audience award "Olga Orlova" for the best performed female role for the role of Lady Capulet and Jiří Bubeníček received the highest number of audience votes, leading to the “Boris Papandopulo” award for the best ballet performance in the 2021/22 season.
The pre-production meeting of creators and the theater workshops began the preparation of the new ballet production "PROCES", which premiered in the first half of the new theater season 2022/2023.
Franz Kafka's "The Trial" had its world premiere in 2019 at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Now, Czech choreographer and Director Jiří Bubeníček together with Costume Designer and Co-Director Nadina Cojocara and his brother, Stage Designer Otto Bubeníček brings this exiting performance to State theater in Košice. "Proces" celebrated it's second premiered in October 2022.
May 27, 2022 Jiří Bubeníček and Nadina Cojocaru succesfully premiered a new full length story ballet William Shakespeare's play "ROMEO AND JULIET" especially created for the dance company at The Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka. For stage design was responsible Aleksandra Ana Buković and costumes were created by designer Nadina Cojocaru.
The story is often thought to be about love and it’s power. But actually the audience fail to realise that the love is included in the piece only in few fragile moments of satisfaction. From the very beginning of the play it is very evident that violence will occur. Furthermore the needlessness of the deaths in society especially since it all happens a lot amongst youth.
Jiří Bubeníček became for the season 2021/2022 a House Choreographer of the The Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka. His full lenght ballet W. Shakespeare's master piece "Romeo and Juliet" had its premiere in April 2022.
Forgotten buildings in Saxony are brought back to life through music and dance. In the virtual spotlight, you will be connected to the whole world through music from 7 continents. Video concept by Nadina Cojocaru and choreography by Jiří Bubeníček.
Gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Landeshauptstadt Dresden und Nationale Performance Netz - Stepping Out.
Jiří Bubeníček's "CANON IN D MAJOR" was set for The Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company and Orchestra, in Milano. The men's trio was part of Serata Quattro Coreografi, Legris / Lukács / Bubeníček / Ratmansky evening. The Ballet company performed from the 09.-11.06.2021 Manuel Legris's Verdi Suite, Andreás Lukács's Movements to Stravinsky, Jiří Bubeníček’s Canon in D Major and Alexei Ratmansky's Concerto DSCH. The orchestra was conducted by Maestro Kevin Rhodes.
Ravenna Festival celebrated 700th anniversary of an Italian poet Dante Alighieri with world ballet star Sergei Polunin's solo performance. Metànoia as a new creation of Dante's The Devine Comedy had its premiere on the 01.- 05.09.2021 at the Teatro Alighieri. Three choreographers were set to create each part. Jiří Bubeníček choreographed "PARADISO", the last part of the evening.