Ashley Killar trained from age ten to graduation at the Royal Ballet School, receiving his first contract as a dancer from John Cranko at Stuttgart Ballet. Cranko's work continued to inspire Ashley throughout his career as soloist and choreographer with Scottish Ballet, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet and as artistic director of Napac Dance Company and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Former students from Killar's vocational ballet school in Sydney, Australia, are dancing in companies around the world.
"...nothing prepared me for the depth of research and perception that Ashley has brought to his subject... it is the emotional and intellectual acuity, and above all the sheer readability of his book which I believe will not only mark it out as the definitive record of Cranko and his ballets, but also make it widely read and enjoyed." From the Foreword by Sir David Bintley
"A very knowledgeable, personal and meticulously researched work.Ashley has written the book with care, passion and love!" Reid Anderson, Intendant Stuttgart Ballet 1996-2018
Further glowing reviews from as far afield as Australia, Germany and S Africa are available on www.crankobiography.com