JIRÍ KYLIÁN BIOGRAPHY
CND ARCHIVE REPERTOIRE 90/11. GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS
Jirí Kylián was born in Prague in 1947. At the age of nine, he began to study dance at the School of the National Ballet. At fifteen he was accepted at the Prague Conservatory where he was trained by - amongst others - Zora Semberova. With a grant from the British Council, in 1967 he went to the Royal Ballet School in London, where he came in contact with the most recent developments of contemporary choreography. In 1968 John Cranko engaged him for the Stuttgart Ballet. His first piece, Paradox, was choreographed for the Noverre Societ. In 1973, following an invitation by the Nederlands Dans Theater, he created his first work, Viewers, for this company to which he returned frequently from then on, and as a result, was appointed Co-artistic Director and Choreographer of the Company in 1975. Since then, Kylián has created more than fifty ballets for the Netherlands Dans Theater, many of them danced by companies all over the world.