Anderson resettled in Canada in 1986 and in 1987 became first co-artistic director and then sole director of BALLET BRITISH COLUMBIA. During his 2-year tenure, Anderson helped give the company a more defined, contemporary image and established its national reputation. Anderson subsequently took on the role of director at the NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA in July 1989 and is credited with having sustained the company through an economically stressful period, taking it on successful foreign tours, developing younger dancers and choreographers and skilfully balancing the repertoire with a mixture of traditional work, 20th-century classics and new ballets by leading Canadian and international choreographers. Anderson also remains a strong stage presence as a character dancer.
He left the NBC in June 1996 to become artistic director of the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany, a once great company that had languished in recent years. He has since been credited with reviving its fortunes and after a long absence brought it on tour to New York in 1998. Anderson also returns periodically to the National Ballet in Toronto to help produce revivals of Cranko ballets. In 2006 Reid Anderson was awarded the German Dance Prize for his contribution to dance in Germany and in 2009 he received the Medal of Merit of Baden-Württemberg.
Author MICHAEL CRABB Revised: KATHERINE CORNELL
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A profile of Reid Anderson, a dancer, teacher, trainer, producer, and ballet director. From the website for the Stuttgart Ballet.