ON THIS DAY … Today 51 years ago, the Stuttgart Ballet performed in New York City for the first time. On June 10th, 1969, John Crankos Onegin opened a series of performances running for a total of three weeks at the Metropolitan Opera House. At the invitation of impresario Sol Hurok, the company went to the States knowing that the first performance had to be a success – otherwise they would have to leave again immediately. After a shaky dress rehearsal, the ensemble won over the initially reserved New York audience at the opening night. Thanks to the coverage in the New York Times the “The Stuttgart Ballet Miracle” was proclaimed and the dancers became stars overnight. Marcia Haydée in particular was celebrated as Tatiana (Heinz Clauss as Onegin) and only days later proved her comic talent in The Taming of the Shrew. The total of 24 performances in New York – from Onegin, Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew to one-act ballets such as Jeu de Cartes or Presence – became a triumph and laid the foundation for the worldwide success of the Stuttgart Ballet.
Dear Friends in Stuttgart!
Hello from New York City! Since the weekend I am here with Alina Cojocaru to rehearse for my premiere as Armand in Sir Frederic Ashton’s ballet Marguerite and Armand. It is a wonderful story ballet in just one act, based on Alexandre Dumas’ famous novel The Lady of the Camellias. Ashton created this piece for the two ballet stars Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev and since then not many other dancers have danced it here, so it is a special honor to us to be dancing this famous choreography now.
There will be two performances tonight and tomorrow night at the New York City Center, as part of the Fall for Dance Festival. We are both excited and looking forward to this.
Love to Stuttgart, yours
To our lovely audience and fans,
we are writing to you from BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House in New York. We’re here for the Youth America Grand Prix Gala „Stars of today meet stars of tomorrow“ where Daniel performed the Solo Firebreather that I created for him, as well as the Diana and Actaeon pas de deux with a soloist of the American Ballet Theatre.
As you can see we are already at the party because Daniel just finished his performance. The show was great and the audience loved the performance. Today, on April 29th it will be performed again so if any of you Stuttgarters are here in New York we will be happy to see you.
Katarzyna and Daniel
I’m in the Big Apple and so happy to be back here. Tonight I’m dancing at the World Ballet Stars Gala at Lincoln Center. I’m dancing the final pas de deux of John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camelias with Alina Cojocaru. Alina has put this gala together and has invited some great dancers who I am really looking forward to performing with again, among others Tamara Rojo, Daniil Simkin, Ulyana Lopatkina and of course Johan Kobborg.
See you soon in Stuttgart for The Sleeping Beauty,
lots of love
Hello everybody in Stuttgart!
I am in New York creating a new piece for Ballet Next. The world premiere will be at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, so this is a great honor for me. I am working with wonderful dancers Michele Wiles (she was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre), Georgina Pazcoguin (she is a soloist with New York City Ballet), Kristie Latham and Jesus Pastor as well as Jens Weber (he used to dance in Monte Carlo). I am also working with Tiffany Mangulabnan and Abigail Simon who will be performing in the second show.
This is anyway already a great experience. So many things happen here in New York – it’s absolutely crazy and it’s giving me many new ideas. I am finding myself even thinking differently. My movements are reflecting what I experience here every day (it’s even amazing to me how much I have changed).
However: I really miss my home (Stuttgart), my husband and my daughter and of course my second family which is the Stuttgart Ballet!
Even though I am doing what I love I feel sad not be able to be a part of the upcoming premiere of “Masterpieces”. I know it will be great!
Toi Toi Toi to everybody!!!
See you soon!