John Cranko Schule

Stuttgart, Germany

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When John Cranko came to Stuttgart in 1961, he brought the Ballet Company of the Wuerttemberg State Theatre, today’s Stuttgart Ballet, to world fame within a short period of time. Cranko’s idea to establish a ballet school in Stuttgart where talented young dancers would be trained in close contact with the Ballet Company became reality ten years after the founding of the Stuttgart Ballet. The John Cranko Schule, named after its founder in 1974, was officially opened on 1st December 1971. >

For the first time in West Germany, a comprehensive education in classical dance from basic training to a professional degree was possible. In 1973, the two last years of study, the so-called Theatre Classes, were given the status of a State Ballet Academy / Vocational School. Thus, the John Cranko Schule was the only school in West Germany which offered a complete ballet education in classical dance recognized with a state diploma.

Under the direction of Anne Woolliams the school advanced to one of the most internationally recognized addresses for talented young dancers. Since 1999, the John Cranko Schule, affiliated to the Stuttgart Ballet, has been under the direction of Tadeusz Matacz and is one of the most renowned ballet schools in the world.

Tadeusz Matacz, Director

Tadeusz Matacz, born in Warsaw, Poland, received his ballet education at the State Ballet Academy in Warsaw where he also completed his pedagogical training with Leonid Zhdanov.

Mr. Matacz saw his first engagement as a dancer at the Big Theater Warsaw in 1977 while simultaneously, he worked as a ballet teacher at the ballet school in Warsaw, and from 1979 to 1984, Mr. Matacz was a principal dancer at the Big Theater Warsaw. From 1984 to 1992 he was a soloist at the Badische State Theater where he also took on pedagogical commitments beginning in 1988. From 1992 to 1998 Tadeusz Matacz was ballet master and choreographer at the Badische State Theater in Karlsruhe. From 1990 to 1998 he also worked as a guest teacher with Ballet Frankfurt, Toulouse Ballet, the Big Theater Warsaw and from 1997 to 1998 with the Stuttgart Ballet.

Since January 1999, Mr. Matacz has been the Director of the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart. He is regularly invited as a juror at renowned international ballet competitions.

Fabio Adorisio, Student choreographer

Fabio Adorisio was born in 1994 in Ciriè, Italy. He began his studies in the Accademia di danza e spettacolo Ivre in 2000. In 2010, Fabio took part in the International Festival Machine in Arcimboldi's Theater, Milano, where he received a scholarship for the Balletto di Toscana. In 2011, he began his professional studies at the John Cranko Schule where he will graduate this year.
 
Instabile was Fabio Adorisio's first choreographic piece. He has also created a new choreography, Mortal Sospiro, for the performance of the Noverre Society Young choreographers 2013, which premiered in Stuttgart on January 18, 2013.
 
His work for the AI 13 is titled Instabile, with music by Kanding Ray and Max Richter. His inspiration came when, "The director of the John Cranko Schule, Tadeusz Matacz, proposed a project to us Academy students which was to create a choreography to be presented after a period of time. One of the choreography students who were proposed for this project was going to have the honour to participate at Assemblée Internationale 2013 in Toronto. My inspiration came through this project. What I wanted to propose is a translation of the movement of an unstable state of mind, the continuous change of mood and emotions. Instability is part of life, the world and relationships. Everyone experiences instability, so I will leave it to the audience to interpret the piece for themselves..."

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