The Stuttgart Ballet Led by New Artistic Director Tamas Detrich
photo: Roman Novitzky
photo: Stuttgart Ballet
Photo: Roman Novitzky

Tamas Detrich

Artistic Director of The Stuttgart Ballet

The Stuttgart Ballet is one of the world's most renowned dance companies, particularly known for the dramatic ballets in its repertoire. The company will return to Japan in November 2018 for the first time in three years.

Ballet in Stuttgart has a rich history dating back to the 17th century. Modern company, The Stuttgart Ballet was founded and shaped from 1961 by ballet director and choreographer John Cranko. After Cranko's tragic and all-too-young death in 1973, the company, by inheriting Cranko's legacy, has continued to develop under artistic direction of Glen Tetley, Marcia Haydée and Reid Anderson.

In September 2018, Tamas Detrich will succeed Artistic Director Reid Anderson. Detrich has spent his entire career with The Stuttgart Ballet, including 20 years as one of the company's most celebrated Principal Dancers and a further decade as Ballet Master, and has been Associate Artistic Director since 2009.

The upcoming Japan tour will be Tamas Detrich's Japan debut as Artistic Director of The Stuttgart Ballet. He will bring two of the masterpieces of John Cranko, Onegin and Swan Lake. Don't miss the dawn of a new era of The Stuttgart Ballet.

John Cranko, Great Master of 20th-Century Narrative Ballet

Photo: Hannes Kilian

John Cranko


After having created several important, witty ballets in England, John Cranko was appointed Ballet Director of The Stuttgart Ballet in 1961. He gathered a number of talented dancers and continued to create new ballets for them including Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Onegin, and The Taming of the Shrew. Characterized by his vivid narration of the personalities' nature, psychology and conversations, his creation evoked strong emotions and empathy in the audience. In 1969, Cranko took the company on its first tour to New York, which turned into an overwhelming triumph and was crowned with the term "The Stuttgart Ballet Miracle". He also encouraged young dancers in his company, including John Neumeier, Jiří Kylián and William Forsythe, to try their hand to choreography. John Cranko died unexpectedly at age of 45 on Jun 26, 1973, on a return flight from his successful U.S. tour.

Opulent Sets and Costumes by Jürgen Rose

Photo: Gunned Kilian

Jürgen Rose


German designer Jürgen Rose's famous collaboration with John Cranko started in 1962 when he created his first designs of Cranko's Romeo and Juliet. Since then, Rose continued to design most of his works, including Swan Lake, Onegin, Firebird and Traces, Cranko's last work. Since 1972, Rose has also worked with John Neumeier, the-then artistic director of Hamburg Ballet, on many ballets, including The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and La Dame aux Camelias.
Rose's extensive work also includes designs for operas for most of the renowned opera houses in Europe.