Artistic Director / Choreographer
Founder of the ensemble Lenka Vagnerová & Company, for which she has produced a number of internationally acclaimed performances. As a choreographer, director and pedagogue, she has been active on both the domestic and foreign contemporary dance scene. Her productions have won many awards and nominations both here and abroad.
Lenka studied pedagogy of modern dance at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under the supervision of Doc. Ivanka Kubicová.
As a choreographer and director, Lenka created a series of author's performances for Lenka Vagnerová & Company: Panoptikum, Amazones, María de Buenos Aires, The Lešany Crib, Gossip, Sorcerer, La Loba, Riders, Mah Hunt, Hansel and Gretel.
As a guest choreographer and director, she has created a number of productions for ensembles such as National Theatre Prague (POE, choreography of Sternenhoch), Kassel Staatstheater, Norrdans, City Theatre Prague, Viirus Theatre Helsinki, 2 Faced Dance Company, Minor theatre Prague, VERVE NSDC Leeds, Viirus Theater, DOT504, Accademia Nazional Di Danza Rome, etc.
Lenka is actively involved in pedagogical activates. She created her own motion method "Talk Through Your Body", which simultaneously specifies the movement qualities and principles contained in Lenka's work. Lenka tought workshops and led classes in schools and dance ensembles in our country and abroad, such as: Göteborgs Operans Danskompani, Norrdans, Dansehallerne Copenhagen, Danscentrum-syd Malmö, Danscentrum-nord Gothenburg, Danish Dance Theatre, Skanes Dance Theatre, Ballet de Marseille, B12 Festival Berlin, Dance Institut Belegrad, VERVE NSCD Leeds, 2Faced Dance Company, Stopgap Dance Company, Viirus Theatre Helsinki, Accademia Nazional Di Danza Rome, Cirk Cirkör, New scene / National Theatre Prague, Theaterwerkstatt Hannover, Il Giardino delle Esperidi Festival, Israel Festival, Tanz offEnsive Hannover, Academy of Performing Arts Prague, Dance conservatory Prague, Etc.
As a choreographer, Lenka also works in drama, opera, or new circus projects. She has worked with, for example, the Minor Theatre, the National Theatre in Prague, the Municipal Theatres in Prague, the South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice, the Klicpera Theatre in Hradec Králové, Cirk la Putyka, the Shakespeare Festival in Prague etc.
In 2011 and 2014/2015/2016/2017 she worked as a Rehearsal Director in the Swedish Norrdans company.
As a dancer she worked with choreographers and companies as:
Claude Brumachon-Benjamin Lamarche CCNN in Nantes, Akram Khan Company - London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony 2012, Cirk La Putyka, DOT504, Bratislava Dance Theatre, Torzo Ballet etc.
As a dancer she was nominated for the:
3x Thalia Award (2003, 2005 and 2010) , in 2003 she was awarded for the Nokia Dance Award/ Dance Personality Of The Year and in 2005 she was awarded the Dancer of the Year (Czech Dance Platform).
Awards and Nominations of Lenka`s works:
THEATRE NEWSPAPER AWARD 2019/2020 for Lenka Vagnerová: concept, direction and choreography
THALIA AWARD NOMINATION 2020 for Michal Heriban
THEATRE NEWSPAPER AWARD 2017/2018 for Lenka Vagnerová: concept, direction and choreography
THALIA AWARD NOMINATION 2017 for Fanny Barrouquére
OPERA PLUS AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINATION 2017:
- THE BEST DANCER: Fanny Barrouquére
- THE BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Lenka Vagnerová
THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR NOMINATION / I-THEATRE 2017
THALIA AWARD NOMINATION 2016 for Fanny Barrouquére
OPERA PLUS AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINATIONS 2017:
THE BEST DANCER: Fanny Barrouquére, Andrea OpavskáTHE BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Lenka Vagnerová
THE THEATRE NEWSPAPER AWARD NOMINATION 2016/2017
THALIA AWARD NOMINATION 2015 for Andrea Opavská
THALIA AWARD NOMINATION 2015 for Ivo Sedláček
TALENT OF THE YEAR NOMINATION 2015 for Ivo Sedláček / WORLD AND THEATRE
OPERA PLUS AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINATION 2016:
THE BEST DANCER: Fanny Barrouquére, Andrea Opavská, Ivo Sedláček
THE BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Lenka Vagnerová
THE BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE AWARD /SINGAPORE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2016/ The Sraits Times Life’s list
PILSEN CITY PRIZE / SKUPOVA PILSEN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2016
HERALD ANGEL AWARD / THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2014
TOTAL THEATRE AWARD NOMINATION / THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2014
DANCER OF THE YEAR AWARD / FESTIVAL CZECH DANCE PLATFORM 2014 /Andrea Opavská
DANCE PIECE OF THE YEAR / FESTIVAL CZECH DANCE PLATFORM 2013
DANCER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION for Andrea Opavská, Tomáš Červinka / FESTIVAL CZECH DANCE PLATFORM 2013
LIGHT DESIGN AWARD NOMINATION / FESTIVAL CZECH DANCE PLATFORM 2013
AUDIENCE AWARD / FESTIVAL CZECH DANCE PLATFORM 2011
THALIA AWARD NOMINATION 2011 for Lenka Vagnerova
DANCER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION 2011 / FESTIVAL CZECH DANCE PLATFORM 2011
LIGHT DESIGN AWARD 2ND PLACE / / FESTIVAL CZECH DANCE PLATFORM 2011
MARÍA DE BUENOS AIRES:
THALIA AWARD NOMINATION 2021 for Nina Horáková
„ Lenka Vagnerová a fabulous dancer and a great choreographic talent.
She has attained a refined physical expression owing to her bold sense of theatre and urge to voice her opinion of substantial issues – the question of power, the question of the co-existence between humans and other natural beings. She excels in finding subjects and creating sceneries, as well as coming up with original movement variations, and, what is more, she possesses a great sense of dynamics and humour.
She has confirmed her reputation as the most gifted young Czech choreographer.“ (Nina Vangeli, New York, Master Lecture about Czech Dance)
"Vagnerová is a truly original choreographer with a strong feeling for theatre. Her topics include existential questions of life: she is occupied with human life and the related worries, fears, anxiety, relationships, conflicts, and the eternal struggle to survive to the bone. However, she has a sense of humor and she can soften and downplay the dramatic situation and comical solution. And only very few people can do it. She does not spare the dancers, yet it is visible how she sympathizes with them. Her choreographic methods are full of technically challenging obstacles, requiring artistry and the ability to take a risk, which is very close to physical theatre. Her style is truly easy to identify." (Marcela Benoni, Taneční aktuality)
Lenka in video DOCUMENTARIES: