A master of European neoclassical dance, Jiří Kylián has created over one hundred choreographies, drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources while constantly reinventing his vocabulary. Born in Prague in 1947, he studied at the Prague Conservatory and the Royal Ballet School in London before joining the Stuttgart Ballet and taking his first steps as a choreographer. As artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater from 1975 to 1999, he created some sixty works and founded two sister companies for young professionals and mature dancers. After leaving this post, he remained NDT’s artistic advisor and resident choreographer for ten years. Adept at revealing the paradoxes and vulnerabilities of the human soul, and at questioning the times in which we live, this humanist is gifted with seemingly limitless inventive powers. Today, more than 80 companies and schools around the world perform his works. Kaguyahime is a valuable addition to the repertoire of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, which already contains a number of Kylián’s works, including Symphony of Psalms, Bella Figura, Six Dances and Forgotten Land.