Why See New York City Ballet: Here and Now No. 2 - Ratmansky?
Russian Ballet's brightest star
New York City Ballet continues their Here/Now festival celebrations with this double bill of works from acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre, Alexei Ratmansky. Honored by the New York Times as the 'finest Russian choreographer since George Balanchine', Ratmansky has made a name for himself with his uniquely beautiful and refreshing re-stagings of well-known classics, alongside his exuberant original works such as the jewel toned Russian Seasons presented in this jubilant program.
After graduating from the Bolshoi Ballet School in 1986, Ratmansky went on to become a principal at the Ukrainian National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Royal Danish Ballet before returning as director to the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet.
Realising his choreography ambitions with his first work, Dreams of Japan, he has gone on to rework many full-length ballets, including Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.
Created for the NYCB's 2006 Diamond Project, the evening's program is a delightful peek into the world of this esteemed professional, fusing traditional Russian Ballet with wit, athleticism, and animation.
Namouna: A Grand Divertissement
Performance date: 2 May 2017
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