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Alexei Ratmansky

Myles Thatcher -- Profile of an Upcoming Dancer and Choreographer

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.04.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Myles Thatcher's skills and growing reputation as a promising choreographer have been recognized and honored by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Ricardo Bustamante: Profile of a Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.08.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Last week's premiere at San Francisco Ballet proved to be an all-around artistic feat - again for Ratmansky, for the entire company of San Francisco Ballet and, yes, for Shostakovich who had not penned these compositions for the ballet stage.

San Francisco Ballet in the Exhilarating Shostakovich Trilogy

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

You do not have to be an admirer of Shostakovich or a ballet junkie to be moved and exhilarated by San Francisco Ballet in Alexei Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy.

Val Caniparoli's "Tears": A World Premiere at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.22.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Program two at San Francisco Ballet opened this week with a triple-bill of works commissioned by the company including the world premiere of Val Caniparoli's Tears and an encore of two more from the previous season.

American Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker': A Story That Enchants by Keeping Some Things Real

Meghan Feeks | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

"Christmas is weird. What other time of year do you sit around a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?" This got me thinking about how bizarre many hallowed Christmas traditions are, perhaps none more so than The Nutcracker.

Ormsby Wilkins Prepares ABT Orchestra for Tempest

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Ormsby Wilkins, Music Director at American Ballet Theatre, is preparing the orchestra for the debut of Alexei Ratmansky's much anticipated new ballet of Shakespeare's The Tempest which is being set to music composed by Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.

American Ballet Theatre Brings Visionary Mixed Bill to Los Angeles

Carla Escoda | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

American Ballet Theatre kicked off the final stretch of its long and arduous season on Thursday with an inspired opening night program that gave us a powerful political and personal statement by Alexei Ratmansky, flanked by two of George Balanchine's iconic works in interpretations that show the company off at its best.

PHOTOS: Looking Back On Ballet's Last Season

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 09.09.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — It may be sweltering summer out there, but the spring ballet season has just officially ended in New York, with the last frothy perfo...

Creativity Behind the Scenes: Developing the Craft for a 21st Century Audience

Phil Chan | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

Opera is currently reviving and reinventing itself for modern audiences, and one organization in particular has had a fair amount of success in creating new operatic works.

San Francisco Ballet's Guide to Strange and Wonderful Places (PHOTOS)

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

2013-03-13-ballet_escoda.jpgSan Francisco Ballet's contribution to the centennial celebration of Stravinsky and Nijinsky's controversial masterpiece may well prove to be a beacon in the storm.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Holiday Ballet Besides 'The Nutcracker'

Risa Gary Kaplowitz | Posted 11.18.2012 | Arts
Risa Gary Kaplowitz

With American ballet company directors and boards lamenting the low status of ballet in the minds of the general public, what would happen if our ballet companies offered more options during the holiday season? How did we get ourselves trapped in a can of Nuts?

Don Quixote at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Steven Mesler | Posted 04.03.2012 | Arts
Steven Mesler

Finding an unflattering photo, film clip, or an awkward moment of Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz together is impossible. The two of them dance the leads in the American premiere of Don Quixote and they are not to be missed.

A More Intimate 'Nutcracker'

AP | By JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 12.29.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- "Intimate" isn't a word you normally think of to describe "The Nutcracker," that classic holiday tale of a girl and her dreamlike adventur...

Alexei Ratmansky's Disturbingly Revisionist The Bright Stream Delights Ballet World

Debra Levine | Posted 09.22.2011 | Arts
Debra Levine

Despite best efforts, California authorities (the people who brought you Ronald "Tear down this wall, Mr. Gorbachev!" Reagan) could not put the kibosh on American Ballet Theatre's The Bright Stream.

What Is Wrong With the Arts?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The arts are in a parlous state, but contrary to popular belief, it isn't the fault of unions or the absence of arts education in our schools. The arts are in trouble because there is simply not enough excellent art being created.

Culture Zohn: The Architecture of Dance Festival Begins at New York City Ballet

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Patricia Zohn

2010-05-03-outsidepull.jpg It's no wonder Alexei Ratmansky is in such great demand. He is the real deal, making his own dance architecture out of thin air.

Culture Zohn Off the C(H)uff: Misha (That's Baryshnikov) Mixes It Up

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

2009-09-04-misha.jpg The U.S. leg of Misha Baryshnikov's sold out European tour alights at the multi-purpose, multi-praised Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

Thank God It's Thursday: The High Strung Plays Guantanamo Bay, Beyoncé Discounts What You Pay, and Woody Allen's So Far Away

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This installment of Thank God It's Thursday plucks some recent press releases (left mostly intact) that might make you say "OMG" or "WTF", or possibly, "Swear you'll never, ever do this again."

Bless This House

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Opera, is dark as it undergoes a year of renovation. It is a house of past and perhaps future artistic importance in two art forms.

Is Ballet Dead? Never! New York City Ballet Presents an Enticing Evening of New Work

Tonya Plank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tonya Plank

I had a wonderful night at New York City Ballet the other night. The program, titled "Here and Now", focused on some of the company's newest works, and was kind of a celebration of the future, of 21st Century ballet.