Georgette Tsinguirides in her office at the Stuttgart Ballet
As the choreologist responsible for preserving John Cranko’s legacy, Georgette Tsinguirides has kept pace with countless new generations of dancers, transmitting her enthusiasm with singular verve. After 72 years with the Stuttgart Ballet, she is bidding farewell, although the care and dedication she takes for the subtleties of her work show no sign of diminishing.
With her flawless black perm and flattering leotard, Georgette’s vigor would be enviable in someone half her age. There is always a moment of shock in the room when she approaches one of the men of the company and throws herself into a lift, expecting him to catch her. She remains oblivious to the concern, simply enjoying her ongoing involvement with dance.
In a milieu often driven by technical competition, Georgette remains convinced that the measure of a ballet company’s success is the sense of community it creates; she calls it love. Whether in the sensitivity she brings when rehearsing the emotionally driven Cranko ballets, or the mentoring role she undertakes with so many of her younger colleagues, it is this love which is evidenced in Georgette’s life and work.
At BalletWorks, we strive to continue this loving approach, and hope to honour the example that Georgette has set.
All our love,
Written and Discussed by James Fisher/Robert Robinson
Photography: Roman Novitzky