Celebrating Ratmasnky's 10th Anniversary With ABT
With American Ballet Theater's annual Spring Gala raising over two million dollars for the company and its outreach programs last year, the 2019 edition of the glamorous event has high standards to follow. A highlight of New York City's cultural calendar with a star-studded turn out (past attendees include Katie Holmes, Jeremy Irons, Sting and Alec Baldwin, the forthcoming gala celebrates the 10th anniversary of Alexei Ratmansky's tenure as Artist-In-Residence with the world premiere of a new work by the Russian-American balletmaster.
Born in St. Petersburg the celebrated choreographer began his foray into the art of ballet under the wings of Pyotr Pestove and Alexandra Markeyeva of the Bolshoi Ballet School, an institution he went on to direct from 2004 to 2008. For the last ten years, he has brought a singular vision to the respected company, innovating and transforming classical works by taking daring chances and pushing boundaries, as seen in his exuberant Whipped Cream Ballet and Harlequinade - a reconstruction of Marius Petipa's Les Millions d'Arlequin. His latest piece is set to The Seasons by Russian romantic giant Alexander Glazounov, a sweeping ballet suite originally choreographed Petipa as well.