Jiří Pokorný is a Czech choreographer based in Prague, Czech Republic. He graduated from the Prague National Dance Conservatory in 2000 and went on dancing with Laterna Magika in Prague. Three years later, he joined Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in The Hague and continued his career with NDT 1. After seven years with NDT, Jiri joined Vancouver-based company Kidd Pivot under the leadership of Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. He has worked with many renowned choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot, Sol Leon and Crystal Pite, among others, and has performed in prestigious theatres worldwide, including Paris Opera, Sadler’s Wells, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro Liceu Barcelona, the Joyce Theatre in New York, and many more.
In 2013, Jiří transitioned to making his own works as a freelance choreographer and since then has collaborated with companies and production houses across Europe and North America. To name a few, he created pieces for NDT 2, Aterballetto in Italy, Basel Ballet, National Theater Mannheim, Budapest Dance Theatre, Chamber Ballet Prague, NorthWest Dance Project in Portland, and Korzo productions in The Hague.
Jiří’s engagement with dance education is also significant due to numerous collaborations with dance schools such as Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Juilliard School in New York, Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, NDT Summer Intensive, SHARE Intensive Berlin, and Architanz Tokyo. He also directs his own educational program for young choreographers at Korzo Theatre in The Hague.