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ABT Live from City Center

A Ratmansky Celebration

March 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Photo: Christopher Duggan Photography.
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ABT Live from City Center A Ratmansky Celebration

ABT makes a much-anticipated return to City Center for a night at the ballet from acclaimed choreographer and Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky—filmed live on the City Center stage.

The Sleeping Beauty Rose Adagio

Choreography by Marius Petipa
Staging and Additional Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Assisted by Tatiana Ratmansky
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Scenery and Costumes by Richard Hudson
Inspired by Léon Bakst
Lighting by James F. Ingalls

This production was reconstructed from the notations of Marius Petipa’s original choreography by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. With steps and style reflecting the original 19th century production, Ratmansky brought the iconic classic to life for modern audiences.

Seven Sonatas Second Movement

Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Music by Domenico Scarlatti
Costumes by Holly Hynes
Lighting by Brad Fields

Seven Sonatas was the second ballet that Ratmansky choreographed as Artist in Residence with ABT. Created in 2009 and set to piano sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, the work presents six dancers in various solos, pas de deux, and group sections. In the second movement of the ballet, four of the dancers follow each other in a series of solos that demonstrate Ratmansky’s distinctive compositional style and innate musicality.

The Seasons pas de deux

Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Music by Alexander Glazunov
Lighting by Mark Stanley

In 2019, as a gift to ABT on the occasion of his tenth anniversary with the company, Ratmansky created The Seasons to the rich and romantic ballet score by Alexander Glazunov.  The main pas de deux, danced to the Petit Adagio from the Autumn Section of the music, is a tender duet towards the end of the ballet that unfolds with the warmth and ease of a late summer day.

Bernstein in a Bubble

Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lighting by Brad Fields

Inspired by the variety, charm, and quintessentially American spirit of Leonard Bernstein’s Divertimento, this piece—choreographed in a quarantined bubble residency in upstate New York—is an exciting reflection of artistic creativity in these challenging times.