“Ballet in the Park” was the first ever realized broadcast of a ballet performance in Germany on a video screen in public space.
It was a dream project of Reid Anderson, then ballet director of the Stuttgart Ballet, who knew the concept from London.
Making this dream come true was one of the moste amazing expriences and has changed my approach to Public Art forever.
We were able to rent Europe’s then largest mobile video wall and place it in Stuttgart’s beautiful Schlossgarten right opposite the opera house.
Two performances were broadcast on the same day: the John Cranko School’s annual school show in the morning, Cranko’s version of “Swan Lake” in the evening.
In the internmissions the audience was given a glimpse behind the scenes by charming double moderations by ballet director Reid Anderson and Sonia Santiago (former first soloist of the Stuttgart Ballet). Numerous recorded films and provided exciting and entertaining background information.
Despite the onset of rain, the assembled 3,500 spectators in the fourth act had an unforgettable evening: the cheers for the swans bowing in the rain on the balcony in third place could be heard widely.
11 years of Ballet in the Park
Since then, “Ballet in the Park” has firmly established itself in the Stuttgart cultural calendar. In 2017, Germany’s longest-serving theatrical collaborator Georgette Tsinguirides was part of Ballett im Park. For decades the longtime choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet had taken care to convey the authentic and immediate spirit of the works of John Cranko to younger generations of dancers. Up to the age of 85 Georgette has passed almost every day since 1967 with people younger often more than halv a century younger than her, keeping herself a to be an outstanding, curious and always young at heart personality of the Dance world.
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This subpage has been updated on August 11th 2018 )