Jiří Pokorný

The Dutch dance organizations Korzo and Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) join forces to support up-and-coming choreographers, and offer them a suitable platform to create a new performance and bring it on tour. In 2019 the choice falls on Jiří Pokorný, a choreographer who, in recent years is seen as an important up-and-coming talent abroad.

Jiří Pokorný is one of the choreographic talents that have developed under the joint tutelage of Korzo and the Nederlands Danstheater. He danced for seven years with the NDT and then worked with dance company Kidd Pivot led by the now world famous choreographer Crystal Pyte. In 2013 Pokorný returned to the Netherlands, where he made a considerable impression with two subsequent performances for Up & Coming Choreographers, a talent development program of Korzo and the NDT. Now he gets the opportunity to make his first full-length production for the Dutch theaters.

Pokorný’s performances are characterized by their creativity and virtuoso movement language. But it all begins with his tangible personal experiences, the psychological state of man and structures that form society. It is his way to speak of great ideas and ideals through dance – ideas that only exist when they have significance in someone’s personal life. For Little Great People, he created three duets, inspired by his fascination for the oppositions and contradictions in human nature. Each duet is devoted to a particular area of contradiction. Together they form a multiplicity of contradictions in which the spectator may recognize him or herself and through the stories of others can identify through the body of the dancer.

The Hague based choreographer Jiří Pokorný has started an educational project for choreographers, The Pioneer Project 2016. It consists of a week in which dance makers can learn more about lighting design; a part of the artistic process that greatly influences the experience of a performance. For what is a dance performance without a lighting plan that directs our gaze and influences our experience? This requires, however, much knowledge and expertise, not only of the technical facilities in a theatre, but also of the way to formulate your ideas and communicate them to technical staff. At the end of an intensive educational program, the public is invited to admire the results of the course in Korzo. The choreographers take you through their process of development and experiment during the course. They will prepare short choreographic pieces with brand-new lighting designs. And if you like, you can become a part of the Pioneer Project, by sharing your experiences and findings.

NDT and Korzo join forces to guide young and upcoming dance artists to offer them a suitable podium. In Up & Coming Choreographers, choreographers and (former) NDT 2 dancers - Jiří Pokorný, Menghan Lou, and Marne & Imre van Opstal - collaborate with the company's young dance talents. Meet tomorrow's choreographers tonight.

Aftertalks on June 26 and 27

January 2013 saw the premiere of this joint program of Korzo and the Nederlands Dans Theater at the CaDance festival. The production went on to four sell-out performances. Up & Coming Choreographers returns in June, with another chance to see the star dancers of the NDT 2 in Trigger-Happy by Joeri Dubbe, and Doze by Jiří Pokorný. In addition, choreographers Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar will present their beautiful creation Sara, that received very positive reviews after the premiere in April in Programme B by NDT 2.

Trigger-Happy - Joeri Dubbe
Joeri is fascinated by the global developments and the effects they have on humanity and our lives. For Trigger-Happy he was inspired by the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. In this piece Joeri deals with the development of human emotions. Sorrow, love, tenderness and terrible jealousy. Sometimes we are overcome by our emotions but usually our mind dominates. How will this be in the future? Will human emotions still have a place in our society? Or will we be led by ratio?

Since Joeri Dubbe has been able to focus exclusively on his career as a freelance choreographer in the care of Korzo, he has become a familiar face in the dance scene. His work appeared at events such as the Shanghai World Expo and was awarded the Prijs Nederlandse Dansdagen 2011 and the BNG New Theatre Makers Prize 2012.

Doze - Jiří Pokorný
Hazy stories of our dreams, and our desires in the alertness of a daily life creates a world of constant balancing between these two different states of being. In Doze Jiří shows a world that balances on the edge of sleep. We are not completely immersed in the depths of our sleep, and at the same time situated in some kind of vacuumed space full of surprises. As we drift, we are dozing and yet close to rousing.

Jiří Pokorný, dancer with Kidd Pivot in Frankfurt and choreographer, is in the early stages of his new career as a dance maker. His unique talent was noticed during his dancing career with the NDT where he displayed a personal style as a dancer, and drew attention at Switch (the NDT’s choreography workshop) and the Summer Intensive (the NDT’s summer school). More than sufficient reason to invite him for Up & Coming Choreographers.

Sara - Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar
Sara is the latest work by the Israeli creators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar and has been composed for NDT 2 especially. The choreography is created simultaneously with the composition of Ori Lichtik, and revolves around memories, dreams, emotions, inspiration, loneliness, sorrow, caring and sharing, about life... The mysterious dream world originates fully from the creators’ feelings and intuitions.

Sharon Eyal danced with Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 until 2008 and began choreographing within the framework of the company's Batsheva Dancers Create project. Her talent was quickly recognised, and since then she has created many works for the company, where she was also house choreographer. She has been awarded many prestigious awards. Since 2005 she has worked together with Gai Behar who has his roots in the modern Israeli music scene. This is the first time that Eyal and Behar have created new work for NDT. 

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