Jaro Viňarský

Jaro Viňarský 

Dancer, choreographer and performer, founder of the SKOK! civic association Jaro Viňarský studied ballet choreography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (1996–2001), and later furthered his studies in dance choreography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Between 1998 and 2000, he was a member of the professional Dance Studio Theatre in Banská Bystrica. In 2006, his solo performance The Last Step Before earned him the prestigious SAZKA Award in the Czech Republic, in the Dance Discovery category, along with the Audience Award at the Czech Dance Platform.

Since 2004, he has closely cooperated with Belgian choreographer Karine Ponties. In addition to choreography, he currently leads creative dance workshops, mostly designed for non-professional dancers and people from other professions.

He is a laureate of the prestigious New York Dance and Performance Award / The Bessies 2013 in the Outstanding Performer category for his project The Painted Bird / Bastard, choreographed by Pavol Zuštiak, a Slovak artist who lives in New York. At present, Viňarský lives, creates art, organizes and leads workshops mostly in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.