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 Ballett. There he performed countless choreographies by Petipa, Fokine, Balanchine, McMillan, Cranko, Kyliàn, 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 60 works is impressively large. 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), “Processen” (2019) and “Cinderella” (2019). Amongst his many honours, the choreographer was awarded the “Europa in Danza” for his version of “Carmen” (2019). 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.
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.
Ravenna Festival will celebrates 700th anniversary of an Italian poet Dante Alighieri with a solo performance of world ballet star Sergei Polunin. Metànoia as a new creation of Dante's The Devine Comedy will have its premiere on the 01.- 05.09.2021 at the Teatro Alighieri. Three choreographers are set to create each part. Jiří Bubeníček is choreographing Paradiso, the last part of the evening.
Jiří Bubeníček will choreograph a new full length story ballet Romeo and Juliet especially created for the dance company at The Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka. The premiere is planed for spring 2022.
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 will choreograph a new full length ballet Spartacus for the Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana with Stage design by Dario Gessati and Costume design by Nadina Cojocaru. Due to the world pandemic the premiere was few time postponed. The new dates are January 2023 at the Cankar Hall in Ljubljana.
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.