Jiří Horák

Jiří Horák - dancer, teacher, choreographer

Date of birth: 23rd of July 1966

He started his ballet education at Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Ostrava and then continued his studies at Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg in Mr. B. Bregvadze´s and Mr. C. Shatilov´s classes. In 1987 he became Principal Dancer at the National Theatre Prague, where he created all main roles in classical repertoir of this theatre including Princes in Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, James in La Sylphide, Albert in Giselle, Romeo, Basil in Don Quijote, Armand in Dame with Camellias, etc. In 1997 he accepted an engagement at the National Theatre Brno, where he also acted as a ballet master and teacher. He was often invited to other ballet theatres as a guest, including for example World Ballet Festival in Japan, Salzburg Dance Theatre, Laterna Magika Prague...


His choreographic debut was a performance of Dafnis and Chloe at the National Theatre Brno. He also created more than 10 full-length ballets among them Peer Gynt, Manon, Catulli Carmina, The Bell-Ringer of Notre Dame, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker etc.


Currently he is a teacher of classical dance at the State Conservatoire of Prague as well as a ballet master at the National Theatre Prague.  As a ballet teacher he has cooperated with Ballet of Theater am Rhein Düsseldorf, Kibutz Dance Theatre. He is often invited to various ballet competitions as a member of the jury.


1976 - 84 Conservatory in Ostrava

1984 - 86 Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg (Leningrad)

1991 Summer Academy of Dance in Cologne

Worked occasionally in prestigious classes V. Verdi, S. Williams, D. Howard, D. Cartier etc.


1983 - 1987 soloist of State Theatre in Ostrava

1987 - 1997 soloist of National Theatre in Prague

1997 soloist, teacher and ballet master in National Theatre in Brno

2003 - 2009 head of Ballet Committee for Prestigious Thália Awards

2008 teacher of Conservatory of Prague Capital

Roles - NT Prague:

Swan Lake Prince Siegfried

Nutcracker Prince

Sleeping Beauty Prince Desirée

Cinderella Prince

Giselle Albrecht

From Tale to Tale Prince

Romeo and Julietta Romeo

La Sylphide (by P.Lacotte) James

Sylvia Aminta

Dame with Camellias Armand

Don Quijote Basil

Ecstasy of Spirit Mozart

Boy and Death Boy

4. String quartet - Martinů solo

Sonatina Dramatica Man

Little Mr. Friedemen Johannes from dream

Coppelia Franz

Divertimento no.15 solo

River Spring, Lake

Mauglí Baghíra

Carmen Luca

Roles - NT Brno:

Romeo and Julietta Romeo

La fille mal gardée Colas

Battalion Dr. Uher

Swan lake Prince Siegfried

Don Quijotte Basil

Les Sylphides solo

Maria Stuart Robert Leicester

Oedipus Rex Creon

Merry Widow Danilo

Nutcracker Prince

Landes Theater Salzburg:

Peer Gynt Peer Gynt

Rachmaninov - 4 pas de deux solo

Laterna Magika (Prague):

Odysseus Odysseus

Magic Flute Tamino

Cassanova Cassanova

Theater Olomouc:

Manon De Grieux


Lausanne 1983, New York 1987, Moscow 1989,

Varna 1983 and 1990


with Laterna Magika: Canada, Italy, Israel, Germany, Spain, Japan

with NT Prague: Belgium, Holland, France, Tchai wan

with NT Brno: Spain, Germany, Japan

as a Guest artist International ballet festival Tokyo and Ósaka

as a Guest teacher National theatre Prague, National theatre Brno,

Laterna magika, Kibutz dance theatre, Theater am Rhein Düsseldorf


Daphnis and Chloe (NT Brno) 2001,

4 short pieces by music Brahms,

Three Preludes by Gershwin,

"Opuštěná"by Janáček,

(Ballet competition),

Bolero (Sardinia 2001),

Peer Gynt (Liberec 2003,Ústí nad Labem 2005)

Manon (Liberec 2004)

Radúz a Mahulena (Plzeň 2006, Olomouc 2008)

Bell ringer from Notre Dame (České Budějovice 2007)

Catulli Carmina (Ústí nad Labem 2007)

Sleeping beauty (Plzeň 2009)

Charlotta (Liberec 2010)

Nutcracker (Olomouc 2011)

Opera, operettas:

Katja Kabanova, Ballo in mascera(Brno),

Liška Bystrouška, Faust and Marguerite, Carmen (Liberec),

Rigoletto, Carmen, Prodaná nevěsta, Aida

(open air festival in Loket)

Paganini(Silezian theatre Opava)

Co-operate with choreographers:

M. Kůra, R. Balogh, L. Vaculík, I. Kubicová,

Z. Prokeš, P. Breuer, J. P. Aviotte,

B. Bregvadze, N. Serebrienikov