Who is Alexei Ratmansky?

A renowned and lauded choreographer, Alexei was born in St. Petersburg and trained at 
Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet School. As an acclaimed principal dancer, he performed with the Ukrainian National Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Royal Danish Ballet. From 2004-08, Alexei served as artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and under his direction, the troupe was named Best Foreign Company twice (2005 and 2007) by the Critics’ Circle in London.

Since 2009, Alexei has held the position of artist in residence at ABT and in May and June of 2016, the company celebrated his many contributions to the dance world with a four-program festival of his works, including the American premiere of his ballet The Golden Cockerel.

Davit Karapetyan in Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy. (© Erik Tomasson)

His accolades are numerous and include being named a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and serving as a choreographic mentor to Corps de Ballet member Myles Thatcher through the prestigious Rolex Mentor & Protégés Arts Initiative. In a 2015 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Myles remarked, “Alexei [Ratmansky] is an incredibly perceptive person. It’s wonderful to bounce ideas off him. He has so much to share.”

In addition, he is the recipient of the knighthood from Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II in 2001, and in 2005, was the winner of the Benois de la Danse prize in for his choreography of Anna Karenina for the Royal Danish Ballet.

Ratmansky’s work is prodigious and he has choreographed ballets for many companies including Mariinsky Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, New York City Ballet, and the Australian Ballet. His association with us began in 2003, when he created Le carnaval des animaux on the Company. Since then, we have acquired six additional works of his into the repertory.

With all he has achieved, it’s not surprising that in a review of his ballet The Bright Stream, The New York Times noted, “[Ratmansky is] the finest Russian choreographer since George Balanchine…Mr. Ratmansky has already subtly changed the course of Russian ballet…[and] he is now quietly changing the course of ballet in the West.”