Stuttgart Ballet is a leading German ballet company. Dating back to 1609, then the court ballet of the dukes of Württemberg, the modern company was founded by John Cranko and is known for full-length narrative ballets. The company received the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 1981.
The Stuttgart Ballet evolved from the court ballet of the Duke of Württemberg, dating back to 1609. The modern company was founded and shaped from 1961 by the South African born British dancer John Cranko "into a group with an exciting and visually arresting style". He created full-length narrative ballets including Romeo and Juliet, Onegin and The Taming of the Shrew, John Neumeier created for the company Die Kameliendame and A Streetcar Named Desire. The first tour to the US in 1969 resulted in international fame.
Dancers who have emerged from the company became well-known choreographers, including Neumeier, William Forsythe, Foofwa d'Imobilité, Uwe Scholz, Jiří Kylián and Renato Zanella.
Cranko was succeeded by as director by Glen Tetley (1974–1976) and Marcia Haydée (1976–1996). Reid Anderson has been the artistic director from 1996. The choreologist Georgette Tsinguirides has recorded all major ballets by Cranko and Kenneth MacMillan in Benesh Movement Notation and has been teaching these works to several generations of ballet companies internationally.
The company received the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 1981.
The current director of the ballet school John Cranko Schuleis Tadeusz Matacz.