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May 17th 1975: Premiere Return To A Strange Land

ON THIS DAY 45 years ago Jiří Kylián’s final version of Return To A Strange Land was premiered. A year earlier, the Czech choreographer, who was at that time a dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, had created a first version dedicated to John Cranko, who had died in 1973. Expanded in 1975, the four-part piece dealt with the transition from one state of being to another. “The material that bodies are made of exists unconsciously in the hereafter. Life is consciousness. Dying is a return to a strange land – the country of origin”, said the choreographer. Though made for a cast of six, there were only three dancers on stage at a time. At the premiere Birgit Keil, Lucia Isenring, Heinz Clauss, Vladimir Klos, Christian Fallanga and William Forsythe circled around each other to Leoš Janáček’s music. Like the whole Stuttgart Ballet, Jiří Kylián stood at a turning point after John Cranko’s death. In 1975, the year that Return To A Strange Land premiered, he was engaged by the Nederlands Dans Theater and went on to lead the company to world fame through his vision and choreography.


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May 10th 1987: Premiere The Sleeping Beauty

ON THIS DAY … 33 years ago Marcia Haydée’s The Sleeping Beauty saw the light of day. Having danced in numerous versions during the course of her career, the prima ballerina / ballet director / choreographer finally decided to mount her own production of this beloved fairytale in 1987. And how she did it! She created a hugely successful interpretation which has made The Sleeping Beauty into one of the most beloved ballets in the Stuttgart Ballet’s repertory. The original cast included Annie Mayet as a dew-kissed Princess Aurora, today’s Artistic Director of the Stuttgart Ballet Tamas Detrich as the charming Prince who awakens her with a kiss, Marion Jäger as the beautiful and benevolent Lilac Fairy and last, but surely not least, Richard Cragun as the evil fairy Carabosse. Haydée’s unique characterization of this role provided Cragun with another highlight in an already stellar career and contributed greatly to the popularity of the work. To top it all off, Jürgen Roses breathtaking sets and costumes transported the viewer into a fairy tale setting which even Hollywood can’t beat.

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Richard Cragun as evil fairy Carabosse in 1987 (Photo: Leslie Spatt)


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China / November 2019 (Day 10)

The day of our second performance has arrived. As sometimes happens on tour with a debut! Clemens Fröhlich danced the role of Prince Gremin for the first time. Naturally, this adds to the excitement of the Performance.

Photos: Roman Novitzky


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China / November 2019 (Day 9, Part 2)

Here is a second look back to our opening night in Beijing. There are more photos oft he following days to come after our return to Stuttgart!

Photos: Roman Novitzky

 


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China / November 2019 (Day 9)

Finally the day of the first performance has arrived! We give a big cheer and lots of appreciation and a huge thanks to our entire technical crew and their colleagues from the lighting department who performed miracles here in Beijing to ensure that the curtain went up on a picture perfect set.

Photos: Roman Novitzky