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Žalud Jiří

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Ballet Soloist; Ballet Master; Assistant Choroegrapher (* 1936/9/22 Plzeň)

During his youth Jiří Žalud participated in gymnastics, and came to ballet, actually directly to an engagement, when he attracted the notice of choreographer Jiří Němeček, who was scouting for talent and offered him a position. Starting in 1954, he was a ballet soloist at the then Municipal Regional Theatre in Pilsen. Except for a break when he had to complete compulsory military service and a short stint at the Laterna Magika in Prague (1962–63), he spent his entire professional career loyal to the Pilsen theatre, where he continues to perform today.

He has danced in more than ninety productions and was an assistant choreographer for about twenty. In 2004, he received the Thália Award for Lifetime Achievement. His wife was the ballet soloist Helena Sobková.

Oral history of the Czech theatre

This project was launched in 2015 and seeks to capture the memories of important figures in the field of Czech theatre in audio recordings (usually around four hours long) and, in most cases, also in a short video recording (10–20 minutes long). The recordings are followed by a report of the conversation, which offers a summary of discussed topics and personalities, after every 15-20 minutes. Photographs and personal documents (both in digital format), provided by the narrator, are also available.

The Oral History Module provides a list of figures who have recorded their memories, along with a brief profile, current photograph, and the interview protocol. Full recording, including all the additional materials, is supposed to be studied by registered researchers in the Information and Documentation Department of ATI only. Feel free to contact Lucie Čepcová: lucie.cepcova(at) if you are interested.

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