Jarek Cemerek is an established choreographer, teacher and dancer working around the world. He studied classical dance at the Conservatory in Ostrava (CZ), BA choreography and MA dance pedagogy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, dance at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. He began his artistic career as a classical dancer and continued as a contemporary dancer. He danced with the National Theatre in Ostrava, the State Opera and Laterna Magica in Prague, Tanztheater Wien (Vienna), Compagnie Thor (Brussels), Willi Dorner (Vienna), Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland), at the Royal Opera House (London) and many others. Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London presented his piece Void, choreographed for the male dance company BalletBoyz. (J. Cemerek was chosen from 160 choreographers participating in the audition.) He was invited to choreograph for the seniors at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2011, he was awarded Czech Dance Platform’s Dance Piece of the Year and Dancer of the Year. In 2017 he won the Professorship in Contemporary Dance at the Bruckner University in Austria. In 2020 he choreographed via Zoom full evening piece Terminus Vivendi for the Balettakademien Gothenburg (Sweden) and also a another piece for Boston Conservatory (USA).
Contemporary Dance Class
This class aims to encourage a sense of body awareness and efficiency as well as physical articulation. It will start with simple exercises to build strength and to form a good foundation in order to get the body ready for the day. Special emphasis will be made on healthy body mechanics, principles of physical laws, efficient use of weight, falls to the floor, jumps etc.
How dancers describe J. Cemereks teaching:
“By embracing individual physicality he forces you to the uncomfortable, to the unstable. He forces you to evolve. To grow. And that is what you want to do if you are to take dancing seriously. “ or “The sequences and choreographies we were taken through were very varied in their feel, style, and speed. I was exposed to a ton of different material and how Jarek can keep all of these choreographies in his head and without hesitation present new material after new material amazes me. “