Jiří Pokorný was born on 27 April 1971. From 1982 - 1990 he studied at the Dance Conservatory in Prague, in 1988, 1992 and 1993 he attended sabbaticals at the Dance Academy in Cologne. He came to the National Theatre in Prague in 1992 as a member of the ballet ensemble, and one year later became a soloist. He ranks amongst the most versatile dancers. The most prestigious roles in his classic repertoire include the Prince and Clown in Swan Lake, Albert in Giselle, the Prince and Clown in Cinderella, the Blue Bird and the Prince in Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in the Nutcracker, Basil in Don Quixote, from his neoclassical repertoire Mercuccio in Romeo and Juliet or Lensky in Onegin. He made a no less striking impression on audiences also through his performances in the modern ballets Mowgli (in the title role of Mowgli), Carmen (Don José), Tchaikovsky (the Prince) and others. Jiří Pokorný is the winner of several awards: he won 3rd prize in the Nationwide ballet competition in 1990, the Prize of the Czech Literary Fund for the role of Johannes Friedemann in 1993, he is the winner of the Philip Morris Ballet Flower Award for the best dancer in the field of classical dance in the Czech Republic in 1994, the Thálie prize for the role of Jesenin in the ballet Isadora Duncan – story of a famous dancer (1998), the Thálie prize for the role of Norman Bates in the ballet double bill Little Mr Friedemann/Psycho (2000). The Friends of Ballet club has awarded Jiří Pokorný the “Favourite Dancer Prize” three times. He has guested on international stages, for example in the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in New York. Since 2003 he has been the head of ballet at the J. K. Tyla theatre in Plzeň and is the author of choreographies of ballets and musicals. For several years he has co-operated with the production of Křižík's fountain, where in addition to classical ballets he has prepared the choreography for several original presentations: Shall we dance?, Message for You, Tristan and Isolde and others.