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Jirí Pokorný was born in Prague, Czech Republic in 1981. He started his dance training at the pre-ballet school of the State Opera in Prague when he was eight years old and continued his studies at the Prague National Dance Conservatory. After his graduation, Jiri joined Laterna Magika Praha (2000) and three years later he joined Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) in The Hague, advancing to NDT1 in 2006. He has worked with many renowned choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite and others. Jiri has also created his own works at the annual choreography workshop, “Switch From Dancer to Choreographer”, collaborated with physical theatre “Spitfire Company” in Prague and taught for Move In, the education department of NDT, Mediterraneo Dance Festival in Italy, and Architanz Japan. His works Dead Nature and Flying Roof were created for NDT’s  Summer Intensive in 2010/11. In August 2010, Jiri joined Crystal Pite’s company, Kidd Pivot Frankfurt. Currently, Jiri is continuing his carrier as a choreographer. His recent works, Doze, was created for NDT2 and premiered in January 2013. In the same year, Black Clouds Don’t Cry was premiered by Dekkadancers at the New Stage of National Theater Prague.  This is Jiri's debut work in North America.


Minh Tran is a Vietnamese-American choreographer, dance educator and artistic director of Minh Tran & Company, a contemporary dance company based in Portland, Oregon. Minh’s approach to contemporary dance is noted for its remarkable synthesis of both eastern and western aesthetics.  In addition to receiving dance training in classical Vietnamese opera at the National School of Fine and Performing Arts in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), he holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Washington and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration / Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis from Portland State University with a Certificate in Dance.  As an educator, Minh's research is specialized in Southeast Asian Dance & Culture and Dance Training Toward Performance. He is currently Visiting Associate Professor in Dance at Reed College.  As both a dancer and choreographer, his work has received numerous grants, fellowships, awards and commissions.  Minh has created over fifty choreographic works since 1989.  His work has been performed throughout the western United States, at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York, and internationally in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. This is Minh’s third work for Northwest Dance Project. In 2010 he created Evanescence on the company, returning in 2013 for the full company work, X-ing.


Yin Yue was born in Shanghai, China. She studied Chinese classical dance and Chinese ethnic dance at Shanghai Dance School from 1995 to 2001 and contemporary modern dance in Shanghai Normal University from 2001 to 2005. In 2008, she graduated from New York University, Tisch School of The Arts with MFA in dance. Yin Yue was a finalist and grant recipient in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: New York City, which was presented by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. She founded Yin Yue Dance Company in 2010, a New York City based contemporary modern dance company. The company has presented evening length dance production at Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, FLIC fest 2013 at The Irondale Center, The New York International Fringe Festival at The New School for Drama and individual dance pieces at Joyce SoHo Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Dance Festival, The Current Session Festival, Wave Rising Series and Cool New York Festival at John Ryan Theater. In January of 2013, Yin Yue Dance Company took “Within Reach”, an evening-length production, on tour to China. Yin was selected as a winner of Northwest Dance Project's 2013 Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition and created the high energy You Are In My Waltz on the full ensemble. Yin returned to create Before Dawn on the company earlier this year — this is her second work for the company.


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