Stuttgart Ballet
Stuttgart Ballet was the first major German
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Ballet is a type of performance dance, that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century, and which was further developed in France and Russia as a concert dance form. The early portions preceded the invention of the proscenium stage and were presented in large chambers with...

 company. It rose to fame in the 1960s under Artistic Director John Cranko
John Cranko
John Cyril Cranko was a choreographer with the Sadler's Wells Ballet and the Stuttgart Ballet....

. The company, which is renowned for presentations of full-length narrative ballets including Romeo and Juliet, Eugene Onegin, The Taming of the Shrew, John Neumeier's ''Die Kameliendame and Streetcar Named Desire, continues to be defined critically as one of the world's best ballet theatres for its combination of classical, story and new modern ballets.

Stuttgart Ballet has a tradition of producing new and exciting dance while giving young choreographers and dancers opportunity to express themselves and flourish. Famous dancers who have emerged from the ranks of the company to become some of the world's most well-known choreographers include Neumeier
John Neumeier
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, William Forsythe
William Forsythe (dancer)
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, Uwe Scholz, John Alleyne, Jiri Kylian
Jiří Kylián
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 and Renato Zanella.

The modern Stuttgart Ballet evolved from the royal ballet resident at the court of the Duke of Württemberg as early as 1609. Previous directors include Glen Tetley
Glen Tetley
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 and Marcia Haydee. Reid Anderson
Reid Anderson
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has been the artistic director since 1996. Stuttgart Ballet is known for its enthusiastic and knowledgeable audiences and performs in the Stuttgart Opera House and (slightly smaller) playhouse. The company is recognised all over the world and is regularly invited to perform on the most distinguished stages, giving approximately twenty shows a season across a variety of countries.

Principal dancers

  • Alexander Jones
  • Alicia Amatriain
  • Bridget Breiner

  • Maria Eichwald
  • Sue Jin Kang
  • Elizabeth Mason
  • Anna Osadcenko

  • Katja Wünsche
  • Filip Barankiewicz
  • Douglas Lee
  • Evan McKie

  • Marijn Rademaker
  • Jason Reilly
  • Friedemann Vogel
  • Alexander Zaitsev


  • Oihane Herrero

  • Laura O'Malley
  • Myriam Simon

  • Nikolay Godunov
  • William Moore

  • Damiano Pettenella
  • Hyo-Jung Kang

Demi soloists

  • Magdalena Dziegielewska
  • Katarzyna Kozielska

  • Alessandra Tognoloni
  • Linda Waasdorp

  • Angelina Zuccarini
  • Laurent Guilbaud

  • Roland Havlica
  • Dimitri Magitov
  • Arman Zazyan

Corps de ballet

  • Maria Alati
  • Francesca Berruto
  • Anais Bueno Garces
  • Rachele Buriassi
  • Christina Burnell
  • Jelena Buschuyeva
  • Annabel Fawcett

  • Nathalie Guth
  • Catherine Hamer
  • Miriam Kacerova
  • Daniela Lanzetti
  • Daisy Long
  • Julie Marquet
  • Elizabeth Wisenberg
  • Renee Wright

  • Bilyana Yancheva
  • Özkan Ayik
  • Attila Bako
  • Daniel Camargo
  • Matthew Crockard-Villa
  • Tomas Danhel
  • Lee Fennell
  • Sébastien Galtier

  • David Moore
  • Roman Novitzky
  • Ludovico Pace
  • Brent Parolin
  • Mikhail Soloviev
  • Petros Terteryan
  • Demis Volpi
  • Yaosheng Weng


  • Elisa Badenes
  • Mariya Batman

  • Valeria Busdraghi
  • Heather MacIsaac

  • Ami Morita
  • Lea Zoe Weidner

  • Lionel de Bayser
  • Doruk Demirdirek
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