Cranko Moves Stuttgart

Stuttgart in the year 2007  - A Dancing Town -  Pepita allover :-)

In 2007, TeeKay was invited to be the project manager for “Cranko Moves Stuttgart” – a unique festival of the world famous Stuttgart Ballet. By moving out of the theatre into public spaces he made the often difficult art form of ballet accessible to everyone. Creating, planning and coordinating a set of site-specific projects and connecting people and institutions TeeKay was responsible for turning the whole of Stuttgart into a Dancing City.

Dance the Cranko – Creating an Artistic Network

A sequence of original steps from John Cranko’s ballets were assembled by Reid Anderson, director of the ballet company to a song composed by Eric Gaultier, the Canadian dancer, choreographer and composer.
During the summer and fall of 2007 TeeKay and a large team of volunteers toured locations and events throughout the Swabian capital.

Video Links

PART 1- school childrean, VIPs, artists and the Lord Mayor united in Dance
WORD RECORD -  world largest impromptu ballet company 
DIE KLEINE TIERSCHAU  - schwabian comedians take a look at "Romeo and Juliet"
AT THE  ZOO
 - the animal way to Dance 
THE TEACHING TAPE - the easy way to learn it yourself :-)

Film buffs danced as the open air cinema at the new Mercedes Museum

 

Huge crowds were moving in unison while attending the medal ceremonies of the World Athletic Championships

 

To join into classical ballet steps, turning a usually lingering crowd into people who would start dancing and talking to their accidental neighbors. 

  A second project received incredible attention.

Ballet in the Park – Live Transmission on a Big Video Screen

In 2007 „Ballett im Park“ was the first live transmission of a ballet production in continental Europe onto a Video Screen ever. Following the example of the Big Screens of the Royal Opera House and The Royal Ballet in London the Opera Houses in Berlin and Munich as well as the Bayreuth Festival had picked up on the trend. Unfortunately many of these first try-outs left their screens blank during the intermissions or only presented dire interviews.

Due to a close contact with the British production team and a very intense three day internship with in London, TeeKay and his assistant were able to realize a truly breathtaking event. A Dancing Dream came true in the beautiful Schlossgartenpark right in front of the Stuttgart Opera House.

Right away Stuttgarters were invited to enjoy not only one but two ballet performances on the largest mobile video screen in Europe: in the morning, the annual school performance of the John-Cranko-School fascinated the younger crowds and in the evening a performance of Cranko’s version of „Swan Lake“ united thousands of fans and first time viewers.

In every intermission, Ballet Director Reid Anderson and former first soloist Sonia Santiago gave glimpses backstage, a number of clips produced additional insight into the work of the Stuttgart Ballet. Roaming through the archives of the SWR TV station had produced wonderful insights into the past.

More than 3500 people stayed on despite a sudden rainfall during the fourth act and the applause for the dancers taking their bows on the balcony in the pouring rain could be heard way over the lake in front of the theatre.


Curated Projects

Of the over 40 projects that TeeKay initialized and curated during the festival, two other productions filled the gap between Dance and other art forms.

Looked back into the times after the war. Performed in the newly opened Museum of Modern Art in the Center of Stuttgart, was performed throughout the museum and involved interviews with two icons of the Stuttgart Art Scene. Choreologist Georgette Tsinguiridis, then aged 82 and still actively involved with Stuttgart Ballet reflected of the beginnings of dance in post war Stuttgart Felicitas Baumeister, daughter of Willi Baumeister, talked about the hard beginnings of her father, who like most artists had been silenced during the fascist rule of the Third Reich.  Choreographed by Bridget Breiner, now ballet director in Gelsenkirchen in Germany, the piece united 60 students of the John Cranko School performing in front of master works of modern art.

 

Before moving into the world of Dance John Cranko himself had been fascinated with puppet theatre. The University of Performing Arts in Stuttgart is one of the only two places where the fine art of Object Theatre is being taught in Germany. So TeeKay set up collaboration between the University and the FITZ, the stage specializing on puppetry in Stuttgart. The result was a highly acclaimed dance and life size puppet interaction reflecting on the physics and philosophy of the human body. A dancer would appear within a world containing different body parts and joints, slowly constructing and deconstructing his image. The project was realized