O Jiří Kylián
Jiří Kylián is for dance globally what Miloš Forman is for film. An iconic personality whose first foreign engagement at the John Cranko’s Stuttgart Ballet was in 1968. In 1975, he was appointed as the artistic director of NDT (Nederlands Dans Theater) and took the ensemble to the very top, creating space for all generations (NDT2 for young talents and NDT3 for mature personalities), giving up his role in 1999 and staying on for 10 more years as an associate choreographer. He has created 74 works for NDT and hundreds of works over this lifetime. It is hard to believe that he celebrated his 70th birthday last year, fascinated by all kinds of art and their synthesis. This is strongly reflected in his most recent works.