October 16, 2012
On Saturday, October 20th my wife, Elvira, and I will travel to Washington D.C. to see the Mariinsky (formerly the Kirov) Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. They will be performing Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella.
Personally, when we travel to see great companies we always prefer mixed repertory programs to full-evening story ballets. We feel it gives us more variety, and therefore a greater insight into the company, and a greater chance of seeing something unexpected and extraordinary choreographically. In this case, however, it is, after all, the Mariinsky Ballet and it is Alexei Ratmansky. Who, you say, is Alexei Ratmansky? Alexei Ratmansky is arguably the hottest choreographer in today’s world of dance. He is Choreographer in Residence with American Ballet Theater and he has choreographed for virtually every great company in the world over the past nearly two decades.
Unfortunately, Elvira and I have not yet had the occasion to see his work, so we are excited for this opportunity. I hope one day we will be able to attract Mr. Ratmansky to set one of his works on Atlanta Ballet.