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Alexei Ratmansky

Alexei Ratmansky was born in St. Petersburg and trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. His performing career included positions as principal dancer with Ukrainian National Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet. He has choreographed ballets for the Mariinsky Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Kiev Ballet and the State Ballet of Georgia, as well as for Nina Ananiashvili, Diana Vishneva and Mikhail Baryshnikov. In 2004 Alexei Ratmansky was named artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, in 2009 he joined American Ballet Theatre as Artist in Residence.

For the Bolshoi Ballet, Alexei Ratmansky choreographed full-length productions of »The Bright Stream« (2003) and »The Bolt« (2005) and re-staged »Le Corsaire« (2007) and the Soviet-era piece »Flames of Paris« (2008).

For American Ballet Theatre, he created the ballets »On the Dnieper« (2009), »Seven Sonatas« (2009), »Waltz Masquerade« (2009), »The Nutcracker« (2010), »Dumbarton« (2011), »Firebird« and »Symphony #9« (2012), »Chamber Symphony«, »Piano Concerto #1« and »The Tempest« (2013), »The Sleeping Beauty« (2015), »Serenade after Plato’s Symposium« (2016), »Songs of Bukovina« (2017), »Whipped Cream« (2017), »Harlequinade« (2018), »The Seasons« (2019) and »Of Love and Rage« (2020) among others. For the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s »Aida« Alexei Ratmansky choreographed new dances in 2009. With the Ballet Zürich he presented his reconstruction of Petipa’s and Ivanov’s »Swan Lake« in 2016.

Alexei Ratmansky earned the prestigious Golden Mask Awards by the Theatre Union of Russia for his »Dreams of Japan« (1998) and »Jeu de Cartes« (2007). In 2001 he was made Knight of Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. In 2005, he was awarded the Prix Benois de la Danse for »Anna Karenina« for the Royal Danish Ballet and won a second Benois for his »Shostakovich Trilogy« in 2014. Under his direction, the Bolshoi Ballet was named »Best Foreign Company« in 2005 and 2007 by The Critics’ Circle in London, and he received a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for »The Bright Stream« in 2006 and the »Shostakovich Trilogy« in 2020. In 2013 he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

In its »Tänze Bilder Sinfonien« programme, the Vienna State Ballet presents Alexei Ratmansky's »Pictures at an Exhibition«, created in 2014 for the New York City Ballet, for the first time. This European premiere will be followed in 2022 by a new production of the »24 Préludes« created for the Royal Ballet London.