Jiří Kylián – The Czech accepted into the Académie des Beaux-Arts

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Visitors to this year's Golden Prague International Television Festival can look forward to a number of film premières revealing the lives of some important Czech artists. One of these is a film about the world-famous choreographer Jiří Kylián, who has spent most of his life in the Netherlands – for more than twenty years he was the chief choreographer and art director of Nederlans Dans Theater.

Jiří Kylián shot to fame as the author of many world-renowned choreographic works, receiving all kinds of Czech and international awards throughout his career. Moreover, this year he was honoured by the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was the third Czech ever to receive this distinguished award, which the Academy has been giving since 1816, and one of the few foreigners to be thus honoured.

The documentary film A Year in The Life of Jiří Kylián was made by director Martin Kubala and covers the period from September 2018 through to summer 2019. Martin Kubala captured the artist's most significant moments during filming – the staging of Bridges of Time, where together with the ensemble of the National Theatre in Prague Jiří Kylián prepared a retrospective evening comprising his most remarkable choreographic works; and his inauguration into the Académie des Beaux-Arts in March. The documentary combines all of the above with a glimpse at his personal life in The Hague, where Jiří Kylián spent the summer months. This unique documentary gives its viewers a look at the process of preparing a ballet performance as well as the private life of this world-class choreographer.

The première of the film A Year in The Life of Jiří Kylián will take place on Friday, 27 September at 18:30 in the grand hall of the National Theatre's New Stage.

Free entry, ticket reservation here.