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Yemi A.D.

Biography

Yemi A. D. (Akinyemi Dele)
Yemi A. D., a Czech multidisciplinary artist with Nigerian roots, launched his career as a dancer and choreographer. Today he primarily works as a creative producer and director.  In the 1990s, he gained experience in the USA, where he studied at the renowned MaDonna Grimes Dance Fitness Studio in Hollywood.
After returning home, in 1999 he formed the JAD Dance Company, associating Czech and foreign dancers and choreographers. An esteemed producer and creator, he has closely collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists, with his performances having earned success all over the world, from Tokyo to Los Angeles. Yemi’s works and shows have been well received by audiences at Madison Square Garden, at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, as well as within the legendary Saturday Night Live.
Over the long term, he has worked with the celebrated American rapper Kanye West. Yemi is the only Czech to have been a member of the jury of CBS’s The World’s Best talent show.  Moreover, he has appeared in several films, including the blockbuster The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
As the owner of JAD Productions, he has created concepts for companies worldwide, and focused on his own projects and art forms, such as Cycles, an experimental fusion of live performance, perception installations and immersive theatre. Furthermore, Yemi is an Ambassador of Sustainable Development Goals, and since 2019 has been the Czech Goodwill Ambassador.