Lord of the Dance

An Interview with Alexei Ratmansky

Alexei Ratmansky is a MacArthur Fellow, artist in residence at the American Ballet Theatre, and one of the most innovative choreographers working today. We spoke with him about the history of modern ballet, why dance will always be part of human life, and what it was like to stage the so-called “Billionaire’s Ballet” — Whipped Cream by Richard Strauss.

Octavian Report: How did you get interested in the ballet? How did you become a choreographer?

Alexei Ratmansky: I guess my story is very similar to others’. I started just dancing around to the radio. Friends of our family suggested bringing me …

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