VLADIMIR KLOS

Direttore Accademia di Mannheim  della Compagnia di Ballo di Karlsrhue

Prof. Vladimir Klos trained at the conservatory and the National Theatre of his hometown Prague, where he became a member of the Prague Studio Ballet, before he was accepted to the Stuttgart Ballet in 1968. Almost from the very beginning John Cranko assigned him to leading roles. In 1973 he was appointed principal dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet.

Since then, Vladimir Klos has danced leading roles in all the full-length classical ballets, such as „Giselle“, SIeeping Beauty“ and „Swan Lake“ as well as the works by Cranko „Romeo and Juliet“, „Onegin“, „The Taming of the Shrew“ and „Carmen“. He also was outstanding in Kenneth MacMillans „Song of the Earth“, Glen Tetley’s „Voluntaries“, „Laborintus“ and „Greening“ as well as „Return to the stränge land“ by his fellowman Jiri Kylian. John Neumeier created two major parts for Vladimir Klos, the role of Gastion Rieux in „Lady of Camelia“, which he also danced on the screen and the part of Mitch in „Streetcar named Desire“.

In 1978 together with Birgit Keil he went on the gala-tour „Stars of Worid Ballet“ under the direction of Robert Helpman. Great stars, such as Margot Fonteyn, Cynthia Gregory, Marina Kontratjewa, Maina Gielgud, Fernando Bujones and Maris Liepa participated. Television productions with Heinz Spoerli („Dreams“) and Kenneth MacMillan („A Lot of Happiness“) are further Steps in his career. In particular his professional and personal partnership with Birgit Keil paid them worldwide recognition from their audiences and the press. Another great success was the role of the Russian dancer Morrosine in the musical „On your toes“ with his partners Marcia Haydee and Birgit Keil.

Since 1997 Vladimir Klos teaches at the Academy of Dance at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Mannheim, where in May 2000 he was granted the title „professor“.

Since the saison 2003/04 he is also the artistic advisor for the Ballet Company of the “Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe”.

Vladimir Klos was awarded the „Bundesverdienstkreuz” to honour his dedication to the ballet and the arts.