Born in Prague, Jiří Kylián studied at the city’s conservatory and London’s Royal Ballet School before joining the Stuttgart Ballet under John Cranko in 1968. In 1973, he was invited to the Nederlands Dans Theater as a guest choreographer. Mr. Kylián achieved his international breakthrough with Sinfonietta in 1978 and in the same year he was appointed Artistic Director of the Nederlands Dans Theater.
Mr. Kylián and his company have collected numerous awards worldwide, including the Angel and Arch-Angel Awards of the Edinburgh Festival, the Sir Laurence Olivier Award and the Nijinsky Award in three categories: choreographer, work and company. Mr. Kylián has also received one of the Netherlands’ highest honors, becoming an Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau.
In 1999, Mr. Kylián retired from the position of Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater to become the company’s Resident Choreographer.