Jiri Pokorny was born in Prague, Czech Republic in 1981. He started his dance

training at the pre-ballet school of the State Opera when he was eight years old

and continued his studies at the Prague National Dance Conservatory. After his graduation, Jiri joined Laterna Magika in Prague, three years later he joined NDT2

in The Hague and continued his carrier with NDT1.  He has worked with many

renowned choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot

and Sol Leon, Crystal Pite, and many others. After NDT Jiri has danced in KiddPivot

Frankfurt under the leadership of Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite where

he completed his carrier as a dancer. Jiri has performed in prestigious theaters

worldwide, such as Paris Opera, Sadler’s Wells London, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Joyce Theatre New York, and many many others.

As a choreographer, Jiri started creating his own short works at the annual

choreography workshop of NDT “Switch” – from dancer to choreographer and since

then he has been making new works continuously.

His first bigger works were created for NDT’s Summer Intensive, from then on

for NDT2 Up & Coming programs at Korzo Theatre in Den Haag and NDT2 main

production at the stage of Lucent Dans Theater. Since his international recognition

Jiri has collaborated with dance companies in Italy, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, and USA. 

Jiří Pokorný