In 2007 the Stuttgart Ballet celebrated the 80th birthday of its founder with numerous events and activities to make ordinary people aware of of the South African choreographer who created the Stuttgart Ballet Miracle.
It was an honour for me to be the project manager of this festival, developing ideas, planning and coordinating many site-specific projects. More than forty projects were developped as a basic idea and due to human and financial resources 8 were fully developped in the end.
The most catching ones were “Dance the Cranko” and “Ballet in the Park”
Dance the Cranko – A Community Dance Project
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 Gauthier, the Canadian dancer, choreographer and composer.
With a team of students from the Media Department of the “Hochschule der Medien” he united museum directors, school children, students, and even the Lord Mayor to join in at “Dance the Cranko” live and on video.
During the whole summer of 2007 we toured locations as different as the seated audience open air cinema at the Mercedes Museum or the crowd waiting for the medal ceremony 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.
Largest Balet Company Ever
On Saturday, October 10. 2011 the worlds largest impromptu ballet company performed at the opening of the New Fair in Stuttgart “Dance the Cranko”, lead by Reid Anderson und Thorsten Kreissig.
During the whole summer of 2007 more than 50.000 people joined in, dancing humming and singing “Dance the Cranko”, including the Lord Mayor, jazz Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, and Erwin Staudt. the president of Stuttgart’s league winning football club VfB
Many of the dance events were recorded on video:
Episode 1- from the mayor to elementary school, from the zoo to the College of Media
WORLD RECORD – Exhibition opening with a kick
THE LITTLE TIERSCHAU – Swabian comedians dance Romeo and Juliet
IN ZOO – the animal special
THE TEACHING TAPE – the simple method for self-learning 🙂
Another project also attracted a lot of attention.
Ballet in the park
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