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.