Austrian choreographer, movement director and assistant director Johannes Stepanek is a former First Soloist of The Royal Ballet and has worked as an Assistant Director on several productions for The Royal Opera.
Johannes was born in Austria and studied at the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera, where he joined the company in 1996. In 2000 he became a member of The Royal Ballet. As a First Soloist he performed an extensive repertory including classical and contemporary works. He created roles for choreographers including Liam Scarlett, Kim Brandstrup and Wayne McGregor. He also danced as a guest artist in theatres around the world.
Since retiring from dance, Johannes has worked widely as an Assistant Director and Movement Director. Away from The Royal Opera, he has assisted Javier De Frutos on Les Enfants Terribles with The Royal Ballet as the Barbican, assisted director Barrie Kosky on Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Bayreuth Festival and been Movement Director for the world premiere of GerMANIA for Opéra de Lyon. His plans include work for the Royal Opera, Bavarian State Opera and Opera national de Paris.