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June 26th 1973: John Cranko’s Death

TODAY 47 YEARS AGO John Cranko died on a return flight from the United States. Two days earlier the company had given his version of Swan Lake in Philadelphia and went on board with the prospect of a summer vacation. John Cranko, to whom the Stuttgart Ballet owes everything, should not return to Stuttgart alive. The sudden death of the director and choreographer left a devastated company. But his legacy weighs more than tragic loss.

John Cranko’s spirit on stage: Anna Osadcenko and Jason Reilly in Onegin (Foto: Roman Novitzky)

When he became director in 1961, he built the foundation on which the Stuttgart Ballet still stands today. What he has achieved in just 12 years remains unbelievable even with today’s perspective: he created an ensemble that was worth his name, fought for better working conditions for his dancers, promoted young choreographers, built the ballet school, which bears his name today, and last but not least, created ballets that are danced not only in Stuttgart, but worldwide. Those who were lucky enough to meet this extraordinary person and artist still miss him. Anyone did not know him personally can feel him through his oeuvre – and in the hallways of the Stuttgart Ballet. His spirit is still there.

John Cranko is always in the background; Anna Osadcenko and Jason Reilly in rehearsals (Photo: Carlos Quezada)


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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


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China / November 2019 (Day 8)

It is our third day in China; in the evening is the dress rehearsal of Onegin. Today we want to extend a special thank you to our tour diary photographer Roman Novitzky who is taking the time to document our daily life here for all our fans at home and around the world, although he is dancing in two out of three performances here in Beijing: Prince Gremin on opening night and Onegin himself on Sunday night! Just as an example: during the general rehearsal he stood in the wings in costume and makeup whenever he wasn’t onstage himself to take these wonderful photos of his colleagues! So thank you so much, Roman!

Photos: Roman Novitzky