A Czech citizen born in Lubin in 1974, Jiří Bubeníček studied dance at the Prague Dance Conservatory. In 1992, he received an award at the Prix de Lausanne, an international competition for young dancers, and made his professional debut in 1993 with John Neumeier's Hamburg Ballet. From there he was promoted to soloist in 1995, and then Principal Dancer in 1997 - with Neumeier creating Vaclav Nijinsky in “Nijinsky” especially for Jiří! The ballet was received with enormous success and has been tour in all over the world.
In 2006 Jiří went on to become the Principle dancer at the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, and over the past years has been a guest Principle dancer with many of Europe’s leading companies, including the Opéra national de Paris.
In addition to dancing, Jiří has also choreographed his own works, such as: “Toccata” for the New York City Ballet, "Le Souffle de l´Esprit" for the Zurich Ballet, ”Unerreichbare Orte" for the Hamburg Ballet, “Die Innere Stimme” for the Dresden Semperoper Ballet, “Outrenoir” for the China National Ballet, and "Graffity" for the Laterna Magika in Prague among many, many others.
In May 2009 Jiří, together with his twin brother Otto, created “Bubeníček and Friends” - a performance at the National Theater in Prague which was a huge success. In “Les Ballets Bubeníček” put on three shows, with five of Jiří’s choreographies and 16 dancers, in the Semperoper Dresden, Hamburg Ballet and Paris Opera, before performing a three hour long show in Japan’s most renowned theatre, the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo.
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