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A Year in the Life of Choreographer Jiří Kylián

Author: Czech Television

New Czech TV documentary film covers a year in the life of the globally renowned Czech-born choreaographer and captures two extraordinary events in his career.

  • Jiří Kylián | Copyright: © Czech Television

    Jiří Kylián © Czech Television

In the 2018 – 2019 season, two important milestones occurred in the life of world-renowned Czech-born choreographer Jiří Kylián. The first was the gala premiere of a ballet in Prague’s National Theatre commemorating the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic. The evening programme entitled Kylián – Bridges of Time (Kylián – Mosty času) presented four ballets that master Kylián had been rehearsing with the National Theatre Ballet in September and October 2018.

The other important moment happened in March 2019, when he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by the French Académie des Beaux Arts. He is the first choreographer in the world to receive this important distinction, and only the third Czech.

Director Martin Kubala’s cameras were present on both occasions. And that is not all: Jiří Kylián led us behind the scenes of both events and provided his extremely wise, yet humble, commentary on his life and work.

Genre Documentary
Production Company Czech Television
TV Director Martin Kubala
English title A Year in the Life of Choreographer Jiří Kylián
Distribution TV Czech Television
Production year 2019
Duration 52 minutes

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