Ballet performances were given at the Frankfurt National Theatre (opened 1782) and at the Frankfurt Opera (opened 1880) but an independent ballet company at the Opera did not emerge until after the Second World War. There was a fast turnover of directors during this period, including Lutz (1948–51), Gore (1957–9), T. Gsovsky (1959–66), Neumeier (1969–73), and Catá (1973–6), until William Forsythe's appointment in 1984. The company became a showcase for Forsythe's choreography, with 35 dancers performing on the opera and playhouse stages in Frankfurt's main theatrical complex. In 1996 it also acquired the performing space of TAT, a converted tramway depot. Forsythe left the company in 2004 to found his own troupe after which the company was disbanded.