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Jiří Kodym

Soloist of the National Theatre Ballet Jiří Kodym was born in Prague. Between 1989 and 1997 he studied at the Dance Conservatory and after graduating took up a residency in Cologne. In 1997 he joined Prague’s National Theatre Ballet and as a member of the corps de ballet danced in the entire repertoire of that time. Over the course of time, he was also afforded the opportunity to perform as a soloist (Pas de trois in Swan Lake, the French Doll in The Nutcracker, the Cat and Suitor in Sleeping Beauty, Colin in Wary in Vain, etc.) In the spring of 2002 he received a soloist contract. His elegant looks, cultivated stage presence and technical qualities predetermined his performing classical repertoire roles. His greatest successes to date include, for example, Romeo in L. Vaculík’s Romeo and Juliet, Jean de Brienne in Y. Grigorovich’s Raymonda, the Prince in Swan Lake, Lucentio in J. Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew, Albert in C. Hampson’s Giselle, the Prince in Y. Vamos’s ballet The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol. When it comes to the modern repertoire, he has won the greatest acclaim for his performances in the following choreographies: J. Kylián’s The Child and Magic, Sinfonietta, Return to a Strange Land, Field Mass, Petite Mort and Last Touch; G. Tetley’s Sphinx (Oedipus); P. Zuska’s Among the Mountains, Ways 03, Ibbur, or A Prague Mystery, Requiem, BREL – VYSOTSKY – KRYL / Solo for Three and A Little Extreme; as well as in Tereza Podařilová and Jan Kunovský’s dance-graphic project Sirael and the ballet mixed bills Americana II, Butterfly Effect and Family Album. In the mixed bill Ballet Mania he dances in Le Corsaire (Conrad, Pas de trois) and in G. Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky, Pas de deux. In 2005 the National Theatre Ballet premiered the production Onegin, choreographed by John Cranko, in which Jiří Kodym and Tereza Podařilová enacted the lead roles. His performance, which enraptured audiences and reviewers alike, earned him a nomination for the Komerční banka Award and resulted in his winning the Thalia Award and, in the same year, the Philip Morris Ballet Flower Award for the best dance performance in the 2005–2006 season. He is the only male dancer in history to have received these two prestigious accolades within a single year. Another significant and outstanding role, in which he dazzled and was also nominated for the Komerční banka Award, is Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. His performance impressed Youri Vamos so much that he was invited to dance as a guest on tours with the Slovenian National Theatre Ballet. He highly treasures this opportunity and experience.

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