In mid September 2023 I received information that contradicts a paragraph contained in the first and second editions of Cranko the Man and his Choreography (page 299). This information, regarding a letter from ten German dancers in the Stuttgart Ballet was drawn, with John Percival’s personal permission, from his 1983 biography of Cranko, Theatre in my Blood (pages 211-212).
Birgit Keil, a leading dancer with Stuttgart Ballet for many years, now assures me categorically that the wording quoted by the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper on 2 April 1969 was not in fact written nor signed by the dancers. It appears that the letter was a communication from an unknown source to the Landtag (state parliament) and subsequently published by the newspaper.
I apologise for any hurt caused to the named dancers.