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April 16, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dancers measure their lives by the clock. It takes them years to master a movement vocabulary and, beyond that, years of experience to hit their stride. Very often, however, as they're reaching a peak interpretively, their bodies are beginning to weaken. Careers tend to end by age 40 or even 30. One man trying to help dancers at both ends of the spectrum is Jiri Kylian, artistic director of the Nederlands Dans Theater.
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October 12, 2013 | By Susan Reiter
For more than two decades, the Nederlands Dans Theater's international profile was defined by longtime artistic director Jiri Kylian. Since Kylian stepped down, the company has begun to show the world the face it always presented at home in the Hague: that of a consistently creative troupe with a repertory showcasing a variety of choreographers, many of them current or former company members. All three works on Nederlands Dans' program at the Music Center from Oct. 18-20 fit that description.
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October 25, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jiri Kylian fled his native Czechoslovakia in 1968, literally on the last train out after the collapse of the "Prague Spring" of Alexander Dubcek. The experience left a lifelong mark, and after the then-21-year-old dancer found sanctuary in Stuttgart with John Cranko's Stuttgart Ballet, he began choreographing in the sparse, expressionistic style that has since come to characterize his work as director of the Nederlands Dans Theater.
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April 19, 2013 | By Victoria Looseleaf
If Edward Hopper's painting "Nighthawks" had been set in a splashy speak-easy, it might have come to life as Kyle Abraham's ebullient work "Another Night. " One of four pieces performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on Thursday during its five-day run at the Music Center, this study in controlled freneticism was a mashing of sexual energy, amped-up Lindy Hopping and jitterbugging, and rampant athleticism. Set to Dizzy Gillespie's enticing "A Night In Tunisia," this 2012 work for 10 dancers - Abraham's first Ailey commission - was led by the powerhouse duo of Jacqueline Green and Jamar Roberts.
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July 29, 1996 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
It's no longer news in the dance world that in his 21 years as artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater, Jiri Kylian has created a repertory and a company virtually unsurpassed in eloquence--a beau ideal of modernist expression wedding refinement of technique to depth of soul. That much everyone knew.
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October 25, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Choreographer Jiri Kylian fled his native Czechoslovakia in 1968, literally on the last train out after the collapse of the "Prague Spring" of Alexander Dubcek. * The then-21-year-old dancer found sanctuary in Germany with John Cranko's Stuttgart Ballet. He began choreographing there and later moved to Holland, where he became director of the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1978. Since then, he has become one of Europe's most influential choreographers.
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April 21, 1997 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
It's easy to think of the three companies that form Nederlands Dans Theater as the past, present and future of European modernism. But Jiri Kylian's dance empire always confounds expectations, so over the weekend we saw "the past" (NDT-3 with dancers over 40) doing severe, futuristic pieces, and "the future" (NDT-2, with dancers 17-22) doing sweet, nostalgic ones in two shared programs Friday and Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
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December 11, 1995 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC/DANCE CRITIC
In the wondrous, wicked and otherworldly world of dance, youth--or at least a simulation of youth--is supposed to be everything. The participants are often regarded, condescendingly, as girls and boys. In the Nederlands Dans Theater 3, formed in 1991 by the choreographer Jiri Kylian, the stress is on maturity. The repertory is designed for veterans of terpsichorean wars, age 40 and beyond.
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October 12, 2013 | By Susan Reiter
For more than two decades, the Nederlands Dans Theater's international profile was defined by longtime artistic director Jiri Kylian. Since Kylian stepped down, the company has begun to show the world the face it always presented at home in the Hague: that of a consistently creative troupe with a repertory showcasing a variety of choreographers, many of them current or former company members. All three works on Nederlands Dans' program at the Music Center from Oct. 18-20 fit that description.
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March 28, 2004 | Susan Reiter, Special to The Times
"I always try to look for different ways of expression, different corners of the soul. If you find some obscure corner, some hidden place that you haven't found yet, it's interesting to investigate and find what's behind that door." Jiri Kylian, whose distinctive and influential choreography has made him a leading figure in the dance world for more than 25 years, was discussing what motivates his choreography these days.
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March 28, 2004 | Susan Reiter, Special to The Times
"I always try to look for different ways of expression, different corners of the soul. If you find some obscure corner, some hidden place that you haven't found yet, it's interesting to investigate and find what's behind that door." Jiri Kylian, whose distinctive and influential choreography has made him a leading figure in the dance world for more than 25 years, was discussing what motivates his choreography these days.
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March 19, 1999 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Modern choreographer Jiri Kylian's work is usually danced by the world's finest ballet companies. American Ballet Theater, the National Ballet of Canada, Joffrey Ballet Chicago and other top troupes have danced Kylian's trenchant innovations in this country even more than his own highly regarded Nederlands Dans Theater.
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April 21, 1997 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
It's easy to think of the three companies that form Nederlands Dans Theater as the past, present and future of European modernism. But Jiri Kylian's dance empire always confounds expectations, so over the weekend we saw "the past" (NDT-3 with dancers over 40) doing severe, futuristic pieces, and "the future" (NDT-2, with dancers 17-22) doing sweet, nostalgic ones in two shared programs Friday and Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
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April 16, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dancers measure their lives by the clock. It takes them years to master a movement vocabulary and, beyond that, years of experience to hit their stride. Very often, however, as they're reaching a peak interpretively, their bodies are beginning to weaken. Careers tend to end by age 40 or even 30. One man trying to help dancers at both ends of the spectrum is Jiri Kylian, artistic director of the Nederlands Dans Theater.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 1996 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
It's no longer news in the dance world that in his 21 years as artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater, Jiri Kylian has created a repertory and a company virtually unsurpassed in eloquence--a beau ideal of modernist expression wedding refinement of technique to depth of soul. That much everyone knew.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1995 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC/DANCE CRITIC
In the wondrous, wicked and otherworldly world of dance, youth--or at least a simulation of youth--is supposed to be everything. The participants are often regarded, condescendingly, as girls and boys. In the Nederlands Dans Theater 3, formed in 1991 by the choreographer Jiri Kylian, the stress is on maturity. The repertory is designed for veterans of terpsichorean wars, age 40 and beyond.
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October 27, 1994 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Jiri Kylian's dance drama "Kaguyahime" is a tale of miracles and the first one is his transformation of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. To house Kylian's 1988, two-act vehicle for Nederlands Dans Theater, the adjustable proscenium of Segerstrom Hall was opened on Tuesday as never before, to its maximum, 68-foot width.
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October 27, 1994 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Jiri Kylian's dance drama "Kaguyahime" is a tale of miracles and the first one is his transformation of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. To house Kylian's 1988, two-act vehicle for Nederlands Dans Theater, the adjustable proscenium of Segerstrom Hall was opened on Tuesday as never before, to its maximum, 68-foot width.
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