Stuttgart Ballet

Stuttgart Ballet is a leading German ballet company. Dating back to 1609, then the court ballet of the dukes of Württemberg, the modern company was founded by John Cranko and is known for full-length narrative ballets. The company received the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 1981.

Staatsoper Stuttgart, home to the Stuttgart Ballet


The Stuttgart Ballet evolved from the court ballet of the Duke of Württemberg, dating back to 1609.[1] The modern company was founded and shaped from 1961 by the South African born British dancer John Cranko "into a group with an exciting and visually arresting style".[1] He created full-length narrative ballets including Romeo and Juliet, Onegin and The Taming of the Shrew,[1][2] John Neumeier created for the company Die Kameliendame and A Streetcar Named Desire. The first tour to the US in 1969 resulted in international fame.[3]

Dancers who have emerged from the company became well-known choreographers, including Neumeier, William Forsythe, Foofwa d'Imobilité, Uwe Scholz, Jiří Kylián and Renato Zanella.

Cranko was succeeded by as director by Glen Tetley (1974–1976) and Marcia Haydée (1976–1996). Reid Anderson has been the artistic director from 1996. The choreologist Georgette Tsinguirides has recorded all major ballets by Cranko and Kenneth MacMillan in Benesh Movement Notation and has been teaching these works to several generations of ballet companies internationally.[4]

The company received the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 1981.

More than 25 years James Tuggle was the principal conductor of the Stuttgart Ballet.[5] In July 2019 Mikhail Agrest became the principal conductor of the Stuttgart Ballet.[6] In late 2021 he was fired.[7] The Stuttgart Ballet informed in an official press release about the reasons for the termination of the employment relationship.[8][9]

John Cranko SchoolEdit

The current director of the ballet school, the John Cranko Schule [de] is Tadeusz Matacz.

Company dancersEdit

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  1. ^ a b c "Stuttgart Ballet". Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  2. ^ Koegler, Horst (2010). "Das erste Jahrzehnt". 50 Jahre Stuttgarter Ballett. Programmbuch (in German). Stuttgart Ballet.
  3. ^ Barnes, Clive (6 July 1969). "The Year the Dance went wild; When dance went wild". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Hanselmann, Ulla (28 November 2014). "Die Stuttgarter Choreologin Georgette Tsinguirides / Die Hüterin des Tanzerbes". Stuttgarter Zeitung. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  5. ^ Ballett, Stuttgarter. "James Tuggle | Stuttgart Ballet". (in German). Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  6. ^ Germany's Stuttgart Ballet Announces New Principal Conductor The Violin Channel, 15 July 2019.
  7. ^ Gisela Sonnenburg: Verrohung im vornehmen Opernbetrieb Telepolis, 29 Dezember 2021; Rupert Koppold: Totschweiger und Lobmaschinen Kontext, 8 Dezember 2021; Gisela Sonnenburg: Reid Anderson feuert Stardirigenten Ballett-Journal, 25 November 2021; Gisela Sonnenburg: Denn sie haben ihn gefeuert. Das Stuttgarter Ballett kündigt Musikdirektor Mikhail Agrest junge Welt, 23 Dezember 2021; Andrea Kachelrieß: Trennt sich die Kompanie von Musikdirektor Mikhail Agrest? Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 9 Dezember 2021.
  8. ^ Kachelrieß, Andrea (17 January 2022). "Mikhail Agrest / Stuttgarter Ballett trennt sich von Musikdirektor". Stuttgarter Nachrichten (in German). Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Ballett trennt sich von Musikdirektor". Die Zeit (in German). 17 January 2022. Retrieved 18 February 2022.

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