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One of a Kind
Chr.: Jiří Kylián
Tänzer/Dancer: Elisa Badenes, Daniele Silingardi

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World Premiere of The Nutcracker

Three further World Premieres

Four Mixed Bills / Four Full-Length Ballets / Four Tours

Artistic Director Tamas Detrich has announced the 2022/23 Season. The season will be dedicated to John Cranko, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of just 45 on June 26, 1973. Fifty years later, the company commemorates the founding father of the Stuttgart Ballet withmultiple events. Two Cranko classics will be performed: his dramatic masterpiece Onegin and his unique ballet comedy The Taming of the Shrew. The double-bill REMEMBER MEcombines for the first time Cranko’s life-affirming symphonic ballet Initials R.B.M.E. with Kenneth MacMillan’s touching Requiem, which MacMillan dedicated to Cranko. In addition, there will be a gala in Cranko’s honor as well as a discussion panel with the dancers who worked with him and for whom he made seminal roles. Last but not least, German television will be making a motion picture about his life and work under the direction of Joachim A. Lang which will be partially filmed in the Opera House and studios of the State Theater Stuttgart and will feature – among others – current dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet.

The highlight of the season in terms of new works will surely be the world premiere of Edward Clug’s The Nutcracker inNovember 2022. Based on the novella by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set to music by Peter Tchaikovsky, the world-renowned choreographer is creating the first two act version of this classic for the Stuttgart Ballet in over 50 years. The legendary German designer Jürgen Rose has created the set and costumes. Together, Clug and Rose evoke a fantastical world guaranteed to captivate young and old alike.

In addition, there will be new works by choreographers of the younger generation featured in the triple bill CREATIONS X – XII. Contemporary dance of the finest is represented by the revival of Jiří Kylián’s unique, full-length ballet One of a Kind, which explores the coexistence of an individual within a society. The triple bill PURE BLISS returns to showcase the versatility of the contemporary Swedish choreographer Johan Inger. 

Last but not least, the revival of The Lady of the Camellias, eagerly awaited by the Stuttgart audience, can finally be realized. The company will also dance this classic in Hamburg at the invitation of John Neumeier, who created the work for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1978.  In addition to this tour, the company is looking forward to three more during the 2022/23 season: to Berlin, The Hague and Ludwigshafen.

Last but not least: Stuttgart Ballet YOUNG+ offers a versatile program for dance enthusiasts of all ages. 

Ticket sales for September and October 2022 are underway.Advance ticket sales for all other performances generally begin two months before the individual performance date. 



Ballet by Edward Clug after E.T.A. Hoffmann

Choreography Edward Clug

Music Peter Tschaikowsky

Stage and Costumes Jürgen Rose

Libretto and dramaturgical assistance Vivien Arnold

World Premiere November 25, 2022, Stuttgart Ballet

Musical Direction Wolfgang Heinz, State Orchestra Stuttgart

Choir Knabenchor collegium iuvenum Stuttgart

Mädchenkantorei an der Domkirche St. Eberhard Stuttgart

With its Christmas setting and Peter Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, The Nutcracker is one of the most famous and beloved ballets in the international repertory. The Stuttgart Ballet has – surprisingly – not performed a full-length version of this classical ballet for over 50 years. Artistic Director Tamas Detrich has therefore commissioned a new production from the internationally acclaimed choreographer Edward Clug with spectacular sets and costumes by the legendary designer Jürgen Rose. Using E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fantastical novella “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” as their inspiration, Clug and Rose newly interpret this marvelous classic.

The plot: Clara receives a nutcracker as a Christmas present from her godfather Mr. Drosselmeier. The Nutcracker is actually the enchanted nephew of Drosselmeier who has been cursed by the evil Mouse King. Despite his grotesque appearance, Clara falls in love with him. Can Clara and the Nutcracker defeat the Mouse King? Can Clara save the Nutcracker and free him from his ugly wooden shell? Who can help her?

Premiere on November 25, 2022 in the Opera House

Further Performances

November 27 (aft/eve) / 29 

December 3 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 13 / 14 /

15 (exclusively for school children) / 16 / 18 (aft/eve), 2022

Family Performances

November 27 (aft) / December 3 / 10 / 18 (aft), 2022

Children and young people under 18 accompanied by parents, grandparents, godparents or aunts / uncles pay only 10 € on all seats (with the exception of price category I).


Triple Bill


Three World Premieres

The Stuttgart Ballet CREATIONS-Series continues! In this fourth edition three choreographers can and will give free rein to their imagination. Content, music, style – the choreographers are free to choose. Reflecting the day and age they are creating in and for, the choreographers show not only what moves them but how we move today.  Audiences can look forward to three diverse, insightful world premieres. 

In this season, as the Stuttgart Ballett commemorates John Cranko, this series can be seen as a continuation of Cranko’svision. He attached great importance to encouraging young choreographic talent within his company. On the other hand, he also invited guests from the outside, who added their styles and signatures to the repertoire. In this way, Cranko farsightedly laid the foundation for an extremely versatile repertoire – from (neo-)classical to contemporary – years before other companies saw the value of dance diversity. Artistic Director Tamas Detrich continues this tradition and offers artists the space to develop creatively, among others with the CREATIONS series.

Premiere on May 27, 2023 in the Play House

Further Performances

May 28 / 29

June 6 / 17 / 18 (aft/eve) 2023

Double Bill


Initials R.B.M.E.

Choreography John Cranko

Music Johannes Brahms

Stage and Costumes Jürgen Rose

World Premiere January 19, 1972, Stuttgart Ballet


Choreography Kenneth MacMillan

Music Gabriel Fauré

Stage and Costumes Yolanda Sonnabend

Lighting Mark Pritchard

World Premiere November 28, 1976, Stuttgart Ballet

Musical Direction Wolfgang Heinz, State Orchestra Stuttgart

Premiere on July 13, 2023 in the Opera House

Further Performances

July 14 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26, 2023

On June 26th, 1973, John Cranko, founder of the Stuttgart Ballet, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 45. 50 years later we commemorate this dance visionary with a double bill titled REMEMBER ME.

In 1972, Cranko created Initials R.B.M.E. to the four movements of Johannes Brahms’ monumental 2nd Piano Concerto for his entire ensemble. The initials stand for four of his important muses, whose particular strengths he showcased in each movement: Richard Cragun, a dashing daredevil and masterful turner and jumper; Birgit Keil, an elegant ballerina with pristine lines and sparkling joie de vivre; the unparalleled Marcia Haydée, a radiant, soulful and heart-wrenching lyricist; and Egon Madsen whose virtuoso petit allegro was full of mischievousness and wit. Surrounded by a large corps de ballet and further soloists, this life-affirming ballet is a testament to Cranko’s seemingly endless choreographic invention. Today, a new generation slips into the roles of their idols and celebrates John Cranko. As if the choreographer had foreseen his untimely death, the initials can also stand for “Remember me”.

Kenneth MacMillan created Requiem in memory of John Cranko. Close friends and colleagues, Cranko was the first of the two to discover choreography for himself and encouraged his friend, who was plagued by stage fright, to give it a try as well. Whilst Cranko created in Stuttgart, MacMillan successfully created ballets in London. But their connection stayed strong and in all, MacMillan created six world premieres for the Stuttgart Ballet, including Requiem three years after Cranko’s death. To Gabriel Fauré’s funeral mass, MacMillan drew a portrait of a company coping with loss and grief but finding solace in each other and their love for their mentor. Famous for dramatic story ballets such as MayerlingRequiemshows MacMillan’s from his most musical side. With this symphonic ballet, MacMillan created an uplifting memorial for his lost friend.


Commemorating John Cranko

Artistic Director Tamas Detrich in conversation with Cranko’sformer dancers, those who knew and loved him, worked with him, lost him and went on – each in their own way – to immortalize him.

On June 26, 2023 in the Opera House


In celebration of John Cranko

On June 30, 2023 in the Opera House


During the 2022/23 season, filming will begin on a German feature film about the life and work of John Cranko. With a screenplay by and directed by Joachim A. Lang. A production of SWR/ARD and MFG Medien- und Film Gesellschaft Baden- Württemberg in cooperation with the production company Zeitsprung Pictures. With the participation of dancers from the Stuttgart Ballet and the entire company. Filming will take place in the opera house, among other locations.



Ballet by John Neumeier after Alexandre Dumas d.J.

Choreography and Staging John Neumeier

Music Frédéric Chopin

Stage and Costumes Jürgen Rose

World Premiere November 4, 1978, Stuttgart Ballet

Musical Direction Wolfgang Heinz, State Orchestra Stuttgart

After John Cranko’s death, John Neumeier continued the tradition of full-length ballets based on great works of literature at the Stuttgart Ballet. In 1978, he created The Lady of the Camellias, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas the Younger, for the company, bequeathing it one of the most popular works in its repertory.

The three-act ballet tells the story of the courtesan Marguerite Gautier who gives herself over to a life of lovers, luxury and entertainment. Only her health casts a shadow over her hectic life. Unexpectedly, she finds true love with the young Armand Duval and gives up her dissolute lifestyle for him. But her past dooms their relationship. Knowing that she would never be accepted in his circles and not wanting to tarnish Armand’s reputation, she leaves him and dies lonely and impoverished.

Neumeier poetically interweaves the sad present with Armand’s memories of his happy moments with Marguerite. On stage, a drama of longing and renunciation, absolute devotion and devastating loss unfolds to Frédéric Chopin’s evocative piano compositions. Jürgen Rose created the sets and costumes in complete harmony with Neumeier’s refined dramaturgy: a feast for the eyes with magnificent ball gowns and stately boudoirs.

Revival on February 11, 2023 in the Opera House

Further Performances

February 23 / 24 / 26 (aft/eve) 

March 6 / 8

June 8 / 10 / 14 / 16, 2023


Ballet by Jiří Kylián

Choreography Jiří Kylián

Music Brett Dean, Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa, David Hykes, Frame-Cut-Frame, Benjamin Britten, Chiel Meijering, David Lumsdaine, John Cage

Stage Atsushi Kitagawara

Costumes Joke Visser

Lighting Michael Simon, redesigned by Kees Tjebbes

Sound Dick Schuttel

World Premiere May 6, 1998, Nederlands Dans Theater

Premiere at the Stuttgart Ballet February 22, 2019

In 1968, John Cranko engaged the young Czech dancer JiříKylián as a member of the Stuttgart Ballet. Encouraged by Cranko, Kylián created his first choreographies in the Swabian metropolis. Since then, he has deeply impacted the dance world with his unique style, mainly as one of Nederlans Dans Theaters most legendary directors. Movements far from the classical ballet idiom, haunting images and deep emotions characterize his works. Kylián explores what it means to be human and takes us to distant worlds that resonate within.

“How can an individual survive in a group of other individuals?” wondered Jiří Kylián when he was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior to create a work to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that country’s constitution. Inspired by the constitutional document, Kylianchoreographed an elegant Gesamtkunstwerk. The female protagonist moves from the auditorium onto the stage where she is torn between the desire for togetherness and self-realization. She struggles, is humbled, deals with herself and those around her with dignity, at times in harmony with her surroundings, at times in conflict. In solos, pas de deux and group scenes, surreal images emerge that let the viewer reflect on and dream of a world in which everyone is treated as equally as they are unique. 

The sets by Japanese architect Atsushi Kitagawara create a breathtaking futuristic landscape on stage. As unique as the choreography is the musical collage of works by Brett Dean, John Cage and Benjamin Britten, among others, as well as birdsong and African tribal rhythms.

Revival on March 17, 2023 in the Opera House

Further Performances

March 20 / 25 / 26 

May 17 / 19 

June 1 / 3 / 4 (aft/eve), 2023


Triple Bill



Choreography Johan Inger

Music Keith Jarrett

Lighting Peter Lundin

Stage Johan Inger

Costumes Johan Inger, Francesca Messori

Choreographic Assistance Yvan Dubreuil

World Premiere March 23, 2016, Aterballetto

Premiere at the Stuttgart Ballet February 25, 2022

Out of Breath

Choreography Johan Inger

Music Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Félix Lajkó

Stage and Costumes Mylla Ek

Lighting Ellen Ruge, revised by Tom Visser, implemented byLoes Schakenbos

World Premiere November 14, 2002, Nederlands Dans Theater II

Premiere with the Stuttgart Ballet June 28, 2019

Aurora’s Nap

Choreography Johan Inger

Music Peter Tschaikowsky

Dramaturgy Gregor Acuna Pohl

Lighting Fabiana Piccioli

Stage Salvador Mateu Andujar, Johan Inger

Costumes Salvador Mateu Andujar

World Premiere February 25, 2022, Stuttgart Ballet

Musical Direction Wolfgang Heinz, State Orchestra Stuttgart

This triple bill showcases the many talents of the Swedish Choreographer Johan Inger. In Bliss, the dancers inhabit the stage, light-footed and carefree, carried by Keith Jarrett’s “The Köln Concert”. As if not only the jazz pianist had improvised his legendary concert, but also the dancers had come up with the appropriate movements just at that moment. As the music unfolds a mesmerizing power in all its nonchalance, the individuals on stage find strength in community and the equilibrium between freedom and togetherness.

While Inger’s Bliss revels in a lighthearted state of being, Out of Breath illustrates just how precious such moments are. Life and death are only a hair’s breadth apart. On stage, the border between this world and the next is explored along a curved wall. Six dancers circle and climb it, balance on it and struggle with it. To stirring violin music, the ballet explores the fragility of life.

The fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty is well known. Time for a comedy that takes the classical ballet based on this famous storyfor a ride! To a best-of of Peter Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beautymusic, Inger created Aurora’s Nap, a delightful persiflage, for the Stuttgart Ballet in February 2022. Beginning in “old times”, Sleeping Beauty wakes up in the present day and is confronted with a modern prince. In the process, the rebellious princess dances on her parents’ (and everyone else’s) noses, while the prince, suffering from world-weariness, goes to the Lilac Fairy for a therapy session. Inger has left no stone unturned to provide for laughs – lovingly crafted and with a deep knowledge and respect for the original ballet.

Repertoire of 26. September 26, 2022 in the Opera House

Further Performances

January 5 / 6 / 15 (aft/eve) / 17 / 28 

February 3, 2023

Triple Bill


Girelli / Novitzky / Stiens and Heller


Choreography and Costumes Vittoria Girelli

Music Davidson Jaconello (commissioned score), John Tavener, Ludwig van Beethoven, Anton Arensky

Musical Arrangement Davidson Jaconello

Stage and Lighting A.J. Weissbard

World Premiere May 29, 2022, The Stuttgart Ballet


Choreography Roman Novitzky

Music Magnus Mehl in Cooperation with Philip Kannicht(commissioned score),

Stage and Lighting Yaron Abulafia

Costumes Aliki Tsakalou

World Premiere May 29, 2022, Stuttgart Ballet


Choreography and Costumes Louis Stiens, Shaked Heller

Music Anni Nöps (commissioned score incorporating music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Katharina Klement, a.o.)

Stage Tom Unthan

Lighting Jörg Schuchart

World Premiere May 29, 2022, Stuttgart Ballet

Vittoria Girelli, Roman Novitzky, Shaked Heller, and Louis Stiens authored the third edition of the CREATIONS series, presenting their new works in May 2022. Girelli drew inspiration from literature and art: from Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy” as well as Francesca Woodman’s black and white photographs. Girelli also worked closely with composer Davidson Jaconello, who not only composed himself, but also mixed everyday sounds with music by Ludwig van Beethoven, John Tavener, and Anton Arensky. Roman Novitzky, meanwhile, took the end of his active dancing career as an opportunity to look back on his over twenty years on stage and in the studio. Contrasting his great love, contemporary dance, with the classical ballet training which dominated his daily life, Novitzky reflects on, rejoices in and relinquishes this part of his life. The piece is set to a jazzy, racing score written expressly for the piece by saxophonist Magnus Mehl in collaboration with sound engineer Philip Kannicht. As co-creators of Ifima, Stiens and Heller double their potential. In their first joint piece, the choreographic-duo revisit the past and create a literal reservoir of memories, with a pool of water providing new dance and aesthetic possibilities.

Repertoire as of October 1, 2022 in the Play House

Further Performances

October 2 (aft/eve) / 3 / 18 / 23, 2022


Ballet by John Cranko after Alexander Puschkin

Choreography and Staging John Cranko

Music Peter Tschaikowsky, orchestrated by Kurt-Heinz Stolze

Stage and Costumes Jürgen Rose

World Premiere April 13, 1965, Stuttgart Ballet

Premiere of new version October 27, 1967, Stuttgart Ballet

Musical Direction Wolfgang Heinz, State Orchestra Stuttgart

If there is one work that is still associated with John Cranko 50 years after his death, it is Onegin. Without a doubt, this ballet secured his fame and artistic immortality. The ballet combines all the characteristics that distinguish his pieces: dramaturgical clarity, believable, human emotions and breathtaking choreography. Based on the eponymous verse novel by Alexander Pushkin, Cranko tells the story through pure movement, eschewing pantomime. Like an open book, the plot unfolds before the audience’s eyes, sweeping them up in the protagonist’s emotional turmoil.

Onegin breaks hearts: first that of the young Tatjana and ultimately his own. He stalks through life as an arrogant snob, not realizing that behind the ugly duckling a desirable woman lies. Years later, he wants to posess the beautiful swan only to face the bitter realization that he missed his chance. While he has wasted his life, Tatjana has gone her way. Even though she still harbors feelings for him, she preserves her honor as a married woman and remains steadfast despite his expressions of love. The tables have turned; there is no going back.

For Cranko, Jürgen Rose created opulent sets and costumes. He brings the garden idyll and country festivities to life just as precisely, colorfully and lavishly as the aristocratic ball. Kurt-Heinz Stolze arranged the music of Peter Tchaikovsky especially for John Cranko, so that the music and the dance are equally heightened in drama.

Repertoire as of October 13, 2022 in the Opera House

Further Performances

October 14 / 16 (aft/eve) / 22 / 25 / 26 / 29

December 30 / 31, 2022

July 21 / 22 (Ballet in the Park) / 23 / 24, 2023


Ballet by John Cranko after William Shakespeare

Choreography and Staging John Cranko

Music Kurt-Heinz Stolze after Domenico Scarlatti

Stage and Costumes Elisabeth Dalton

World Premiere March 16, 1969, Stuttgart Ballet

Musical Direction Wolfgang Heinz, State Orchestra Stuttgart

John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew is one of the great ballet comedies of the 20th century. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s world-famous play, Cranko brings to vivid life the story of the shrewish Katharina whom no one wants to marry and the dashing and clever Petruchio who makes her his wife and “tames” her. Cranko, a master at creating characters whose inner motivations are believable and instantly understandable to the audience, has provided many subsequent generations of dancers with two spectacular roles in which both acting and dancing ability can be sublimely combined. Katharina’s character undergoes a profound change during the course of the ballet as she lets her defenses down and realizes that Petruchio loves her for herself. The utterly lovable Petruchio is given two bravura solos which leave the audience breathless and cheering. Using three ingenious pas de deux which are in turns hilarious, touching and utterly human, Cranko ensures that the audience has fallen in love with his two main characters by the time the final curtain falls. Set to cheerful and boisterous music by Domenico Scarlatti and with colorful costumes and a charming set by Elisabeth Dalton, The Taming of the Shrew evokes the sunlit streets and gardens of Italy and is a perfect ballet for the whole family.

Repertoire as of May 6, 2023 in the Opera House

Further Performances

May 7 (aft/eve) / 9 / 10, 2023

July 15 / 16 / 18, 2023



In the 2022/23 edition of the beloved series “Behind the Scenes”, everything will revolve around Edward Clug’s The Nutcracker. In the intense late phase of rehearsals shortly before the premiere, the choreographer lets us look over his shoulder as he works. How does he go about creating such a large ballet? How are the steps for Clara and her Nutcracker created? How do the dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet and the children of the John Cranko School learn their parts? This “Behind the Scenes” opens the otherwise sacred gates and gives first insights into the eagerly awaited world premiere.


November 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 (aft/eve) / 6 (aft/eve), 2022

On the Rehearsal Stage of the John Cranko School

With the Stuttgart Ballet and the John Cranko School


Concept and Choreography Louis Stiens

Dancers Shaked Heller, Louis Stiens

Stage Madeleine Stuckenbrock

Music The Walker Brothers, Quiet Light Water Gap

Text R.W. Fassbinder

Voices Josephine Köhler, Evgenia Dodina

World Premiere January 15, 2022, 35. Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media

A commissioned production as part of the 35th Stuttgart Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media.

In 1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder made “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant”. The result was a radical film about power structures. 50 years after the film’s release, choreographer and dancer Louis Stiens addresses the question raised by Fassbinder’s film: How can and do we want to live together? In a duet of oppressive closeness, two people meet in a confined space. Their fateful touches overlap with spoken quotes from the film, male bodies and female voices intermingle. “Humans are made in such a way that they need one another. But they have not learned how to exit together,” Fassbinder famously said.

Premiere as of November 2, 2022 in the Kammertheater

Further performances

November 3 / 4 / 5, 2022



For over 50 years, the John Cranko School and the Stuttgart Ballet, in cooperation with the Stuttgarter Nachrichten, have presented a benefit performance at Christmastime. All ticket proceeds go to a different charitable organization each year, benefitting people in need. This festive, mixed program on the stage of the Opera House provides a wonderful ballet experience for the whole family!

December 4, 2022 in the Opera House


They know exactly how it is to perform movements. But coming up with steps themselves, let alone developing a piece, is something completely different. At Noverre: Young Choreographers, dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet and guests from outside the company can try their hand at creating dances – without any pressure to succeed. More than 60 years ago, Fritz Höver, the founder of the Noverre Society, and John Cranko created the now legendary platform for young choreographers. Since then, numerous artists have found their calling by creating their first works here. Be it John Neumeier, Jiří Kylián and William Forsythe or the younger generation Christian Spuck, Marco Goecke, Bridget Breiner and Demis Volpi – they all discovered their profession at Noverre: Young Choreographers. The evening always holds discoveries for the audience: surprising movement languages, innovative ideas and choreographers who are, perhaps, the future of dance.

Premiere on January 21, 2023 in the Play House

Further Performances

January 22 (aft/eve), 2023


On July 22 and 23, 2022

Big drama for the big screen: On the 50th anniversary of John Cranko’s death, there is no doubt that Onegin has to be shown for Ballet in the Park. The free public viewing has established itself as a Stuttgart summer highlight since 2007 and attracts thousands of visitors to the park in which the opera house is situated every year. Under the open sky, on picnic blankets, with children, grandparents or best friends, viewers can enjoy the dramatic story of unrequited love. The next morning, the John Cranko School gives its all to thrill the outdoor audience. From the smallest beginners to the graduating class of the Academy, they show what they have learned in classical and modern pieces. Whether already a ballet fan or an absolute novice, whether young or old, Ballet in the Park promises “Ballet for All”.


July 22, 2023 at Oberer Schlossgarten

Matinee of the John Cranko School

July 23 (mat), 2023 at Oberer Schlossgarten


Triple Bill: Pure Bliss

September 22 / 23 / 24, 2022 in Berlin: Tempodrom

By invitation of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in cooperation with the Staatsballett Berlin.

One of a Kind

April 13 / 14 / 15, 2023 in Den Haag: Amare

Jiří Kyliàn’s One of a Kind with Stuttgart Ballet in April 2023 is presented by the Kyliàn Foundation and the Holland Dance Festival at Amare in The Hague.


29. / 30. April 2023 in Ludwigshafen: Theater im Pfalzbau

Lady of the Camellias

July 4 / 5, 2023 in Hamburg: Hamburgische Staatsoper

By invitation of John Neumeier and the Hamburg Ballet on the occasion of the 48th Hamburg Ballet Days, Neumeier’s last as director after 50 years in Hamburg.


As of the 2022/23 season, Principal Dancer Roman Novitzky – who ended his active dance career in July 2022 – will devote himself to his tasks as choreographer, photographer/videographer and character dancer of the company. The position of Artist in Residence at Stuttgart Ballethas been created especially for him.  

Demi-soloists Mackenzie Brown, Daiana Ruiz, Veronika Verterich, Fabio Adorisio, Clemens Fröhlich and Matteo Miccini have been promoted to soloists at the beginning of the 2022/23 season.

Corps de ballet dancers Vittoria Girelli, Elisa Ghisalberti, Alicia Torronteras, Adrian Oldenburger and Flemming Puthenpurayilhave been promoted to demi-soloists at the start of the 2022/23 season.

Apprentices Jolie Rose Lombardo, Joana Senra, Irene Yang, Lassi Hirvonen and Danil Zinovyev have been taken into the Corps de ballet. New to the Corps are Florencia Paez and John Cranko School graduate Ava Arbuckle.

New Apprentices for the 2022/23 season are Lily Babbage, Aoi Sawano, Ruth Schultz, Emanuele Babici, Lincoln Sharp, José Costa (all graduates of the John Cranko School) and Dorian Plasse, who received the Contemporary Dance Award and a scholarship from the Prix de Lausanne 2022. Joaquin Gaubecawill also be an Apprentice with the Stuttgart Ballet in the new season.

The Stuttgart Ballet’s Apprenticeship program is supported by the Birgit Keil Dance Foundation and the Ferry Porsche Foundation.

Departures: Principal Dancer Alicia Amatriain has ended her dancing career and leaves the company. Soloist Jessica Fyfe will join the Ballet de l’Opéra national du Capitole as a soloist. Soloist Alexander Mc Gowan as well as demi-soloist Louis Stiens and corps de ballet dancer Shaked Heller leave the company at the end of the 2021/22 season.


The Stuttgart Ballet YOUNG+ offers a multifaceted program to get young and old, old and young in motion. The language of dance and the diversity of movement connects cultures and generations.

Program 2022/23

Under the title Unique, the Stuttgart Ballet YOUNG+ launches its first multigenerational project. Using Jiří Kylián’smasterpiece One of a Kind  as its inspiration, the project focuses on nothing less than the individual in society. What makes us unique? How can and do we want to live together? How do we interact with each other, against each other, or even without each other? Freedom, tolerance and the rule of law are the parameters of our coexistence, reflected in individual lives, being reexamined again and again. Inspired by these concepts,choreographic scenes will be developed under the artistic direction of Sonia Santiago for and with participants between the ages of 20 and 90. The resulting piece will be performed on May 20th and 21st on the rehearsal stage of the John Cranko School.

One focus of the YOUNG+ projects in the 2022/23 season will be the new production of The Nutcracker. The project THE MAKING OF…The Nutcracker is aimed at 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and lets them discover how a new story ballet is created. Through rehearsal visits, behind-the-scenes tours, and conversations with the creative team, they learn about the many steps involved in developing a large production. In short dance workshops, they can express themselves physically and learn what it means to choreograph. Under the guidance of experienced dance educators Marieke Lieber and Adrian Turner, the students gain insights into the highly exciting daily work of the Stuttgart Ballet and the many different departments and professions of the State Theaters.

The Project is funded by Sparkassenversicherung

The Nutcracker – a performance exclusively for school children

December 15, 2022

In the Opera House – all tickets €10.

Family Performances The Nutcracker

November 27(aft), December 3 / 10 / 18 (aft), 2022

In the Opera House

Children and young people under 18 accompanied by parents, grandparents, godparents or aunts / uncles pay only 10 € on all seats (with the exception of price category I).

In addition, for selected performances of The Nutcracker, Pre-Performance talks for young children will explain the ballet’s plot and answer all the questions that the youngest visitorsmight have.

Further projects

Due to popular demand, the new dance workshop 55+ will be continued. Anyone 55 and over who enjoys moving is invited to join. 

Also in great demand were the Ballet & Bretzels events, which will be continued. On selected mornings, the dancers and ballet masters let you watch their daily class at the John Cranko School. Coffee and pretzels are provided afterwards!

Equally popular are the guided tours, which take you on a journey behind the scenes of the Stuttgart Ballet. Backstage at the opera house, you can find out everything that goes into making a performance run like clockwork. Guided tours of the impressive new building of the John Cranko School are also available and provide insight into what goes into preparing young dancers for a professional career.

Contact: Tel. 0711. 2032 296

[email protected]

JUNG+ also offers projects specifically for young people and school classes:

During the fall and Easter school vacation, the Stuttgart Ballet JUNG+ offers special dance and movement projects for girls and boys.

In addition, the successful IMPULS MusikTheaterTanz project, which takes place in schools goes into its 15th year. With the aim of promoting movement, body awareness and social skills, the projects will be carried out with children and young people at a total of five schools during the 2022/23 season. Under the direction of Marieke Lieber and Adrian Turner, the students will work intensively with their bodies and become dance inventors themselves. The content of each workshop focuses on a specific ballet production (per example The Taming of the Shrew), which the students experience during a visit to a dress rehearsal or a performance of the Stuttgart Ballet. The results of the extensive workshops are presented to the families and classmates in the schools.

IMPULS MusikTheaterTanz is supported by the Ministry of Culture and financially sponsored by the Förderverein der Staatstheater Stuttgart e. V.

Nothing is as easy as it seems on stage in the spotlight! When visiting company class with the dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet, school children experience just how much work and passion are involved in dance. Exciting insights into the daily work of the dancers and ballet masters are guaranteed! 

In order for students to get to know the current ballet productions, we open selected dress rehearsals to school classes and show the world behind the scenes during guided tours of the opera house. 

During the family tours with mini dance workshop, which will be back in the season schedule from 2023, former dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet will give children and their families exciting insights into the everyday life of ballerinas and let them look behind the scenes of the great theater. At the subsequent mini-dance workshop, children will be able to shake a leg, try it out and have a good laugh.

All projects, tours and events take place under the current Corona regulations.

Current dates, new offers and possible changes can be found at www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/jung.


Ballet School of the Stuttgart Ballet / State Theater Stuttgart and State Ballet Academy / Vocational School

Under the direction of Tadeusz Matacz, the John Cranko School is one of the most important training centers for ballet, both nationally and internationally. Graduates of the John Cranko School can be found in impressive numbers as directors, dancers, choreographers and teachers in leading international ballet companies. Almost two-thirds of today’s Stuttgart Ballet dancers are former students of the John Cranko School, including Principal Dancers Rocio Aleman, Anna Osadcenko, Agnes Su, Martí Fernandéz Paixà and Adhonay Soares da Silva.

In the 2022/23 season, the students of the John Cranko School will demonstrate their skills in performances and guest appearances.

Behind the Scenes with the John Cranko School

Insights into Class and Rehearsals

November 5 (mat) / 6 (mat/eve), 2022

on the Rehearsal Stage of the John Cranko School

Aktion Weihnachten

The John Cranko School and the Stuttgart Ballet

December 4 (mat), 2022 in the Opera House


July 16 (mat) / 23 (mat / Ballet in the Park), 2023 in the Opera House


March 4, 2023 in the Forum am Schlosspark

in Ludwigsburg

Admission exam for the School Year 2023/2024

Information at www.john-cranko-schule.de


John Cranko Schule

Tel: 0711.2 85 39-0 / Fax 0711.2 85 39-34

www.john-cranko-schule.de / [email protected] 

Werastraße 27, 70182 Stuttgart


Tickets and reservation inquiries for all performances and events on-line under www.stuttgarter-ballett.de as well as under 0711.20 20 90. Written pre-orders also by fax to 0711.20 20 920.

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