Václav Kuneš

Václav Kuneš had been associated as a dancer and choreographer with the Nederlands Dans Theater for 11 years before becoming artistic director and choreographer at 420PEOPLE in Prague.


Václav Kuneš is a dancer and choreographer from the Czech Republic. After finishing the Dance Conservatory in Prague he joined the Nederlands Dans Theater under direction of Jiří Kylián. He was associated with the company for eleven years, during which he worked with many established choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Paul Lightfoot, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Johan Inger, Andre Gingras, Hans van Manen and many others.


In 2004 Václav Kuneš decided to continue as a freelance dancer and choreographer. As a dancer he has been working regularly with Saburo Teshigawara, with whom he created several pieces for the New National Theater in Tokyo. In 2005 he was nominated for the Dancer of the Year Award in Cannes, France.


Václav Kuneš still works as assistant to Jiří Kylián, staging his choreographies at companies around the world. As a choreographer, he has to his credit a number of pieces for diverse theatres: NDT 2, Dutch theatres Korzo and Station Zuid in the Hague, National Opera in Bordeaux, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in the USA and Skänes Dansteater in Sweden.


In 2007 Václav Kuneš and Nataša Novotná founded the dance and production company 420PEOPLE in Prague, where Václav Kuneš assumes the position of artistic director. The founders' dream and intentions are to "use" the years on the top of the dance world, subsequently presenting as much of this top within the Czech Republic and sharing these experiences with Czech dancers and spectators. Václav Kuneš' first creation for this group, 'Small Hour', was awarded a number of important nominations and made it for the 2008 Theatre Institute Award in his home country. His second work 'Golden Crock' was short-listed for the prestigious Sazka award, the most important award for choreographers in the Czech Republic.

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