Ratmansky, Alexei Osipovich

Ratmansky, Alexei Osipovich,

1968–, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, b. Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). He studied with the Bolshoi Ballet school (1978–86), and in 1992 moved to Canada, where he danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and then to Denmark and the Royal Danish Ballet, where he was a principal dancer and began to choreograph. In 2004 he became the Bolshoi's artistic director. There he introduced new ballets by Russian choreographers and a number of works from the West, e.g., by Twyla TharpTharp, Twyla
, 1941–, American dancer and choreographer, b. Portland, Ind. An eclectic, innovative choreographer and dancer, she danced (1963–65) with Paul Taylor.
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, and revived and rechoreographed several 1930s Soviet ballets, the best known of which is The Bright Stream (2003). In 2009 he joined the American Ballet TheatreAmerican Ballet Theatre
(ABT), one of the foremost international dance companies of the 20th and 21st cents. It was founded in 1937 as the Mordkin Ballet and reorganized as the Ballet Theatre in 1940 under the direction (1940–80) of Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith.
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 as artist-in-residence. Ratmansky is known for his extreme musicality, his use of the classical vocabulary of steps and movements, his revival of story ballet, and his creation of a renewed modernist ballet. His recent dances include Russian Seasons (2007), Concerto DSCH (2008), Dumbarton (2011), Pictures at an Exhibition (2014), Serenade after Plato's Symposium (2016), and Whipped Cream (2017). His reconstructions of classical 19th-century ballets include Sleeping Beauty (2015), Swan Lake (2016), and La Bayadère (2018).