Jason Reilly

Principal, Stuttgart Ballet



Jason Reilly was born in Toronto, Canada, where he was trained at the National Ballet School Toronto. After his graduation in 1997 he came to dance with the Stuttgart Ballet. In 2000/2001 he was promoted to Demi Soloist, one season later to Soloist. Since the beginning of the season 2003/04 he has been dancing as Principal Dancer.


With the Stuttgart Ballet Jason Reilly has danced numerous major roles in full-length ballets such as the title roles in Onegin, Romeo and Juliet (both: John Cranko) and Othello (John Neumeier). He has danced Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew (both: John Cranko), Albrecht in Giselle (Production: Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina), Colas in La Fille mal gardée (Sir Frederick Ashton), Prinz Desiré and Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty (Márcia Haydée nach Marius Petipa), Gaston Rieux and des Grieux in The Lady of the Camellias as well as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (both: John Neumeier).


Jason Reilly's wide ranging repertoire includes leading roles and solo roles in neoclassical and modern works such as Le sacre du printemps and Pierrot Lunaire (both: Glen Tetley), The Song of the Earth and Las Hermanas (both: Kenneth MacMillan), Forgotten Land (Jiří Kylián), The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (William Forsythe), Siebte Sinfonie (Uwe Scholz), Fratres (John Neumeier) and further ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Hans van Manen, Maurice Béjart, Jean-Christophe Blavier, Itzik Galili, Kevin O'Day and Jean Christophe Maillot. Jason Reilly has performed John Cranko's technically demanding Pas de deux Legende numerous times in Stuttgart and on stages worldwide.


Jason Reilly has had numerous roles created especially on him by contemporary choreographers, among them Itzik Galili, Mauro Bigonzetti, Wayne McGregor, Daniela Kurz, Jorma Elo, Douglas Lee, Marco Goecke, Christian Spuck and Bridget Breiner. Most recently, Kevin O'Day choreographed the title role in his first full-length ballet Hamlet for him.


Jason Reilly has joined the Stuttgart Ballet on tours and guest performances all around the world. He has danced with internationally renowned female dancers like Alessandra Ferri, Evelyn Hart and Greta Hodgkinson. In the new production of A Streetcar named Desire (John Neumeier) in 2004 he danced the role of Stanley Kowalsky together with Alessandra Ferri. When Canadian star ballerina Evelyn Hart retired from her 30-year-long career and wished to dance the part of Juliet for one last time in April 2004, she asked Jason Reilly to be her Romeo. She also chose him as her dancing partner when she bid farewell to the stage in 2006. In October of the same year, Jason Reilly gave several guest performances of Glen Tetleys Voluntaries with the Royal Ballet in London. In 2007, he danced the role of Petrucchio in John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew with the National Ballet of Canada starring Greta Hodgkinson as Katherina.


Due to his outstanding interpretation of classical roles in combination with his expression and technical brilliance in modern ballets Jason Reilly was named in the category "Outstanding Dancer" in the annual critics' choice of the magazine ballettanz several times.


In February 2006 Jason Reilly received the German Dance Award "Future", which is awarded each year by the German Association for Dance Education and the German Association for the Promotion of the Art of Dance.