(b Esslingen, 17 Feb. 1935)
German dancer and ballet school director. He studied in Stuttgart and with Nora Kiss and Preobrajenska in Paris and joined the Stuttgart Ballet in 1951 while still a student. Between 1957 and 1959 he danced with Zurich Ballet as a soloist, then between 1959 and 1967 was with the Hamburg State Opera Ballet. In 1967 he returned to Stuttgart as a principal, where he created leading roles in many Cranko ballets, among them Onegin (new version 1967), Présence (1968), Taming of the Shrew (1969), and Brouillards (1970). He was also famous for his interpretation of Balanchine's Apollo, which he danced in Hamburg under the choreographer's direction. He subsequently staged many Balanchine and Cranko works for companies in Europe and America. He was director of the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart from 1976 to 1990. One of the outstanding German dancers of the 20th century.