Jiří Kodym

Jiří Kodym

Ballet Master

Biography

Former soloist with Czech National Ballet. A dancer of elegance and refined manners, that made him a perfect interpreter of romantic heroes in many ballets. He was made a soloist in 2002, in 2005 he was awarded a Thalia Award for his role of Onegin in Cranko’s choreography. He is a ballet master of Czech National Ballet, his repertory includes widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée (Ashton).

Born in Prague, trained in Dance Conservatory Prague, after graduating he studied in Koln. From 1997 he was a member of Czech National Ballet, one of his first solo roles were Pas de trois (Swan Lake; Harapes, Mazalová), French puppet (Nutcracker; Grigorovich), Blue Bird (Sleeping Beauty; Bregvadze) or Colas (La Fille mal gardée; Alonso).

He danced many roles of classical repertory such as Jean de Brienne (Ramonda; Grigorovich), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet; Vaculík), Albert (Giselle; Hampson), Siegfried (Swan Lake; Greeve) or Bobbie / prince Nutcracker (Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol; Vàmos). His interpretations of dramatic characters such as Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet; Vàmos), Lucentio (The taming of the Shrew; Cranko) or Father (Cinderella; Maillot) were always met with praise. He was the most recognized for his title roles in Onegin (Cranko), Othello (Vàmos) and Valmont (Vaculík) among others.

He created roles in ballets by Jiří Kylián (Sinfonietta, Child and the Magic Spells, Return to a Strange Land, Stemping Ground, Glagolic Mass, Petit Mort, Last Touch), Glen Tetley (Sphynx), Petr Zuska (Brel – Vysotsky – Kryl / Solo for three, 1st symphony in D major, D.M.J. 1953 – 1977, A Little Extreme, Ways 03, Requiem, Ibbur or a Prague Mystery); Uwe Scholz (7th Symphony in A major) or Jerome Robbins (Fancy free).

In 2005 he was awarded a Thalia Award for his interpretation of the role of Onegin in Cranko’s ballet, he won a Philip Morris Ballet Flower Award for the best ballet artist the same year. He won a Komerční banka Award for his role of Tybalt in Vàmos’s Romeo and Juliet and he was a guest artist with Slovenian National Theatre in this role.