The Stuttgart Ballet
For more than 40 years now the Stuttgart Ballet has ranked among the world's best ensembles. Reid Anderson, its director, convinces with a repertoire that gives the younger generation of choreographers lots of scope without neglecting the rich legacy of John Cranko.
The outstanding standard of dancing and the wide variety of styles in the Stuttgart Ballet's programme enthral audiences and attract talented dancers from all over the world. No fewer than 25 nationalities are represented among the students, the corps de ballet and the soloists.
History of the Stuttgart Ballet
Stuttgart's long tradition of ballet began as far back as the 17th century at the royal court of Württemberg and reached its first peak in the 18th century, when the revolutionary dancer Jean-Georges Noverre lived and worked here from 1759 to 1766.
In the year 1961 a new era in the history of the Stuttgart Ballet began with the appointment of the choreographer John Cranko (1927-1973) as its artistic director. With three legendary new creations, Cranko's genius brought about the revival of the ballet d'action: Romeo and Juliet (1959, new version 1962), Onegin (1965, new version 1967) and The Taming of the Shrew (1969). There can hardly be a dancer in the world today who still wouldn't give his or her eye teeth for a role in one of these works. It was during the first guest performance of the Stuttgart Ballet in the USA in the year 1969 that American critics coined the expression "the Stuttgart Ballet Miracle". From 1976 to 1996 the company's artistic director was Marcia Haydée. Reid Anderson, a Canadian by birth who was formerly a soloist under Cranko and director of the National Ballet of Canada from 1989 to 1996, took over as artistic director in 1996 and continues to assure the success of the company today.