James Kudelka is among today’s most versatile and innovative dance artists. He has choreographed for many of the world’s leading ballet companies as well as for smaller, contemporary troupes. In 2008, Kudelka became Citadel + Compagnie’s Resident Choreographer and has created seven works for the company, including From the House of Mirth and Against Nature and a remount of The Man in Black.
Kudelka is renowned for distinctive versions of such classics as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Cinderella, all signature works of the National Ballet of Canada where he served as artistic director (1996-2005). Equally, Kudelka excels in making smaller-scaled dances that while outwardly abstract are rich in psychological implication and human drama.
James Kudelka was born in Newmarket, Ontario and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. He began choreographing as a student and continued throughout his dancing years with the National Ballet (1972-1981) and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (1981-1990).
Kudelka’s considers his artistic sensibility to be distinctly Canadian. He remains strongly loyal to his native soil—an intellectual and spiritual territory he understands deeply.
Kudelka, appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005, continues to work internationally as a choreographer, making new dances and re-staging earlier ones.