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Jason Reilly and Polina Semionova at the London Coliseum, photo: private

Jason Reilly and Polina Semionova at the London Coliseum, photo: private

Hi everybody!

After our premiere on Friday I flew to London to dance with Polina Semionova at a gala in honor of the great dancer Maya Plisetskaya. The performance was at the London Coliseum and we danced the last pas de deux from John Cranko’s Onegin. Now I am already on my way back to Stuttgart, because on Wednesday night I’ll be performing again in Hans van Manen’s Kammerballett and in Glen Tetley’s Arena in the Play House.

See you there!


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Dan Gillespie Sells, Marijn Rademaker, Edward Watson, Javier de Frutos in the studio, photo: private

Dan Gillespie Sells, Marijn Rademaker, Edward Watson, Javier de Frutos in the studio, photo: private

Hi dear friends in Stuttgart!

I’m writing to you from the canteen in the Royal Opera House where I have just finished class with the Royal Ballet. I’m working here in London for the show Men in Motion that will premiere on the 30th and 31st of January in the Coliseum. The same theatre where the Stuttgart Ballet danced Romeo and Juliet years ago. I still remember dancing Romeo there :) Because of planning and studio space availability I sometimes also have to rehearse in Sadler’s Wells. The theatre where Stuttgart Ballet just danced The Taming of the Shrew and the gala program, so I also have very nice memories there!

In Men in Motion I will dance one of my favorites, Marco Goeckes Äffi, and a new duet with Royal Ballet principal dancer Edward Watson. It’s a great honor for me to dance with him, because he is one of the very great English dancers of our time. I arrived here on the 23rd of January, so we only have a week to make this Pas de deux! It’s choreographed by Javier de Frutos, a choreographer who has been in London already a long time. He makes ballets but also directs musicals here in London. He even won an Olivier Award for his Cabaret. It’s great to work with him, and even though we don’t have a lot of time, we have a lot of fun and there is a lot of laughter.

Another great addition to this piece is that Dan Gillespie Sells will join us and sing 3 songs on stage. He is the front man in the famous English pop band The Feeling. He’s a great guy and he has the most amazing voice so it’s going to be very special dancing to his singing! I find it quite special, creating something new here in London and collaborating with these three great artists. I think it’s going to be a very touching duet. I hope you can all see it one day!

All the best and (even though it’s great here) I can’t wait to get back!

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We had a wonderful welcome to Sadler’s Wells Theatre as there is a plaque of John Cranko and a sculpture of his chair standing right in the entrance of the stage door along with sculptures of other famous choreographers. Cranko made many of his first ballets here before he came to Stuttgart and it is heartwarming to know that he is not forgotten! The text accompanying the plaque says it all. As Reid Anderson always says: “No matter where we go in the world, we find the Stuttgart Ballet!”

Technical set up at the Sadler's Wells, photo: Stuttgart Ballet

Technical set up at the Sadler’s Wells, photo: Stuttgart Ballet

After exploring the theater to find our way around and a stage rehearsal in the evening there was a tiny bit of time to see London by night. The city is gearing up for the holiday season!

On the photo you see our head of the technical crew Axel Schob and his deputy Cemile Soylu as well as lighting master Stefan Seyrich during the technical set up and load in on Sunday. As always they are working hard to make everything perfect for the show.

Photo Diary Part 01: Arrival at the Sadler’s Wells


The first performance at Sadler’s Wells is over. Take a look at the photos from Monday in the photo gallery!

Photo Diary Part 02: Made in Germany

Photo Diary Part 03: Half time


We have now completed the first half of our tour with two performances of Made in Germany behind us.

Last night’s performance was in many ways special: Robert Robinson was heartily – and loudly – cheered by his family and friends who had come in great numbers to see him dance Marco Goecke’s Äffi.
The “M” section of Cranko’s Initials brought a collective sigh from the audience as Maria Eichwald and Evan McKie gave a superb and soulful rendering of this pas de deux and the corps danced with perfect unison, not only of steps but also of feeling.
Sue Jin Kang and Marijn Rademaker danced the final pas de deux of Lady of the Camellias as if their lives depended on it and Alicia Amatriain and Jason Reilly brought cheers and gasps of wonder (in both Grand Pas de Deux as well as Mono Lisa!) from an entire class of ballet students who had obviously been brought by their teacher to watch the company.

 Tamas Detrich during a rehearsal of The Taming of the Shrew with Alicia Amatriain and Alexander Jones while Rachele Buriassi is watching, photo: Roman Novitzky

Tamas Detrich during a rehearsal of The Taming of the Shrew with Alicia Amatriain and Alexander Jones while Rachele Buriassi is watching, photo: Roman Novitzky

On Monday night many dancers from the Royal Ballet were to be seen in the audience – including Ivan Putrov, Federico Bonelli and Edward Watson – and on Tuesday evening Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, attended and stopped by backstage to speak to our dancers, many of whom she knows from the international gala circuit.
Several members of the Stuttart Ballet family have also come by, among other former Principal Dancer Wolfgang Stollwitzer and Klaus Göldenbot, former Chairman of the John Cranko Society.

Today the technicians are building up the sets for Taming of the Shrew and the company is rehearsing all three casts which will dance on the weekend!

Warmest regards from the entire Stuttgart Ballet to our friends and fans at home!


Last night was our only free evening in London which many dancers used for sightseeing.

Today we are continuing rehearsals for Taming of the Shrew and this evening we have our first rehearsal with the orchestra!

 Photo Diary Part 04: Rehearsals for The Taming of the Shrew


Email from our stage inspector Cemile Soylu:

This tour to London is the first time I am on tour with the Stuttgart Ballet. I’m feeling really good and it’s a lot of fun.

Our stage inspector Cemile Soylu on the "Taming"-horse, photo: private

Our stage inspector Cemile Soylu on the “Taming”-horse, photo: private

Of course, on tour you spend much more time together than in Stuttgart and so you get to know your colleagues from the other departments and also the dancers a little better, this intense contact creates a wonderful sense of community.
The english colleagues here at the theatre are very friendly, and they also work together with us in a very professional way. What I find exciting are the cross-national similarities in our workflows.
All the set changes have worked out really well until now.

There hasn’t been too much time to discover London, but fortunately my mini-sightseeing-tour was accompanied by sunshine.

Photo Diary Part 05: Performances on Friday and Saturday

Photo Diary Part 06: Getting ready for the way home

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Jason Reilly and Alina Cojocaru in John Cranko's Onegin (Copyright: Bill Cooper)

Jason Reilly and Alina Cojocaru in John Cranko’s Onegin (Copyright: Bill Cooper)

Hello Everyone,

after a whirlwind of preparations and rehearsals, I am gearing up for my first performance of Onegin with the Royal Ballet. My partner is Alina Cojocaru and this is the first time we are dancing together,
so of course I am having fun because I LOVE to work with different partners, especially when they are stupendous dancers and really, really pretty! No, seriously, it is fabulous to work with Alina and of course it is awesome to be back here on the stage of the Royal Opera House here in Covent Garden.

See you soon again in Stuttgart and all the best,