On October 8, 2014, the Center for Ballet and the Arts in partnership with LIVE from the NYPL co-presented Alexei Ratmansky in Conversation with Paul Holdengräber.
Alexei Ratmansky was born in St. Petersburg and trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. His performing career has included positions as principal dancer with Ukrainian National Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet. He has choreographed ballets for companies around the world, including Mariinsky Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Kiev Ballet and the State Ballet of Georgia, as well as for Nina Ananiashvili, Diana Vishneva and Mikhail Baryshnikov. His 1998 work, Dreams of Japan, earned a Golden Mask Award from the Theatre Union of Russia, and in 2005, he was awarded the Benois de la Danse prize for his choreography of Anna Karenina for the Royal Danish Ballet. Ratmansky was named artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet in January 2004 and joined American Ballet Theatre as Artist in Residence in January 2009, for which he created On the Dnieper (2009), Seven Sonatas (2009), The Nutcracker (2010), The Bright Stream (2011), Dumbarton (2011), Firebird (2012), Symphony #9 (2012), Chamber Symphony (2013) and Piano Concerto #1 (2013). Ratmansky was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2013.