Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Alexei Ratmansky is a choreographer and former ballet dancer. He is Artist-in-Residence at American Ballet Theatre and former Artistic Director of Bolshoi Ballet, having trained under Pyotr Pestov and Alexandra Markeyeva at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Prior to his appointment as Artistic Director, Mr. Ratmansky was a Principal Dancer with Kiev Ballet, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet.
Mr. Ratmansky has created ballets for the Mariinsky Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Australian Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, Kiev Ballet and the State Ballet of Georgia, as well as for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nina Ananiashvili, Wendy Wheelan and Diana Vishneva. His 2003 work, The Bright Stream, created for Bolshoi Ballet, led to his appointment as Artistic Director of the company the following year. For the Bolshoi, he choreographed full-length productions of The Bolt (2005) and Lost Illusions (2011) and re-staged Le Corsaire (2007) and Flames of Paris (2008). His works for Mariinsky Ballet include Cinderella (2002) and Little Humpbacked Horse (2009). In 2011, he created Psyche for Paris Opéra Ballet, Romeo and Juliet for the National Ballet. In 2013, he created Opera for Teatro alla Scala and The Tempest, a co-production between the National Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. In 2015, Mr. Ratmansky premiered a new The Sleeping Beauty for American Ballet Theatre and he is currently working on a new Swan Lake for Zurich Ballet.
The Critics’ Circle in London named Bolshoi Ballet Best Foreign Company under Mr. Ratmansky’s direction in 2005 and 2007 and he received their National Dance Award for The Bright Stream. He was awarded the 2005 Prix Benois de la Danse for his choreography of Anna Karenina for The Royal Danish Ballet. In 2011, Mr. Ratmansky received the New York Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Production for The Bright Stream. He was named a MacArthur Fellow and was selected as a Rolex Mentor by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in 2013.
His ballets for New York City Ballet include Russian Seasons, Concerto DSCH and Namouna and for American Ballet Theatre, On the Dnieper, Seven Sonatas, Dumbarton and The Nutcracker.