Jiří Kylián

Jiří Kylián was born 1947 in Prague and began his ballet training at the school of the local national theater at the age of nine. As a 15-year-old he transferred to the Prague Conservatory. A scholarship of the British Council allowed Kylián in 1967 to study at the Royal Ballet School of London. One year later he became a member of the Stuttgart Ballet. In 1973 his first production for the Nederlands Dans Theater called ‘Viewers’ was developed. After being a guest choreographer at the NDT for two years, Kylián first became co-director and in 1978 artistic director of the ensemble. In the same year, with his work ‘Sinfonietta’ to the music of Leoš Janáček he celebrated his international breakthrough. Through his collaboration with the NDT, over 100 choreographies were created to date; nowadays, they are performed worldwide. Furthermore, he has established an exceptional ensemble structure, NDT I, NDT II and NDT III, encompassing three generations of dancers aged 17 to 70.

Kylián has not only choreographed for the NDT, but also for the Stuttgart Ballet, the Ballet of the Paris opera, the Bayerisches Staatsballett, the Tokyo Ballet and for Swedish television. In 1999, Jiří Kylián retired as a director but has not dismissed his tight connection to the NDT. For example, in December 2009 he was a resident choreographer and artistic consultant to the company.

Kylián has often been honored for his work. He is an Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau, Knight of the French Legion of Honor and honorary doctor of the Juilliard School in New York. Twice has he received the Pris Benois de la Danse, the Nijinski prize together with the NDT, and the medal of honor  by the Czech president. In 2011 he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievemt Award’ by the Czech ministry of culture.

Jiří Kylián beim Beethovenfest





7:30 pm

‘Gods and Dogs’

  • Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon
  • Quatuor Arlequin
  • Jiří Kylián choreography, decor, musical concept
  • Kees Tjebbes light
  • Dag Haugerud video
  • Cecile Semec video
  • Tatsuo Unemi computer controlled projection
  • Daniel Bisig computer controlled projection
  • Joke Visser costumes
  • Russell Maliphant choreography
  • Lee Curran light
  • Stevie Stewart costumes
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