Ready for Ratmansky!

Alexei Ratmansky

Photo Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation [CC BY 4.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

#ICYMI Alexei Ratmansky is one of the biggest names in dance right now.   He’s one of the most sought after choreographers in the world, and currently works as the Artist in Residence at American Ballet Theatre.  He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013, and has been awarded the Prix Benois de la Danse for choreography,  as well as the National Dance Award for his work  The Bright Stream.  

One of the many things that makes Alexei Ratmansky so remarkable, is his ability to bring new vibrancy to classical story ballets which have remained mostly the same for decades.  His choreography in this traditional format has truly reinvigorated the story ballet; bringing it into the 21st century in a way that seemed somewhat impossible.

Here at The Music Center, we’ve presented several Ratmansky works as part of our Glorya Kaufman presents Dance series, including The Bright Stream (performed by ABT)  and Romeo & Juliet (performed by National Ballet of Canada.)  But this season, we’re thrilled to have our series book-ended with works by Ratmansky – starting with his Cinderella this October, performed by The Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, and ending with his Firebird next July, performed by American Ballet Theatre.

Watch the video below to hear more about Alexei Ratmansky’s works and choreographic process, then be sure to join us at Cinderella to see his remarkable work live!