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Choreographer Ratmansky left Russia because of Ukraine: the premiere at the Bolshoi is in doubt

Because of the special operation, the ballet “The Art of the Fugue” to the music of Bach can be canceled

Not very happy news came from the Bolshoi. The theater, apparently, will have to cancel the premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet “The Art of Fugue” to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, which was supposed to take place on March 30. It can be expected that they will then announce the cancellation of the premiere at the Mariinsky Theater of Marius Petipa’s old ballet The Pharaoh’s Daughter, which Alexei Ratmansky was supposed to reconstruct according to the notes stored in the archives of Harvard University.

As it became known from reliable sources, the situation that has arisen is connected with the sudden departure of the choreographer from Russia. Ratmansky’s demarche is explained by the political position of the choreographer, which he took because of the Russian special operation in Ukraine that had begun.

Aleksey Ratmansky was born in Leningrad, but has inseparable ties with Ukraine. His parents live in Kiev, where he spent his childhood. The creative career of the choreographer began at the National Opera Theater. T. G. Shevchenko in Kiev after graduating from the Moscow Choreographic School and continued from 1986 to 1992. After a short break, when he worked at the Winnipeg Royal Ballet, from 1995 to 1997, Alexei Ratmansky returned to Kiev again and was the lead dancer there. The wife of the choreographer Tatyana Ratmanskaya is also from the capital of Ukraine. In 1985 she graduated from the choreographic school in Kiev, where she later danced at the National Opera Theater. T. G. Shevchenko.

To prepare the premiere, the former artistic director of the Bolshoi (he held this post for 5 years, from 2004 to 2009), and now the resident choreographer of the American Ballet Theater came to Moscow last week, after the premiere in Australia of Marius Petipa’s Harlequinade, which Ratmansky also reconstructed using the records of the Harvard archive. But after receiving the shocking news, the choreographer immediately checked out of the Moscow Metropol Hotel, where he was staying, and flew back to New York, where he currently lives. These events were widely discussed on the sidelines of the theater at the recent premiere of the Bolshoi – Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin.

After the premiere at the Bolshoi, Alexei Ratmansky planned to go to St. Petersburg. At the Mariinsky Theater, presumably on May 14, during the Stars of the White Nights festival, the premiere of another ballet, The Pharaoh’s Daughter, which he was going to stage, is expected.

The Bolshoi Theater has not yet officially announced the cancellation of the premiere, but has already suspended ticket sales on the website.

Source From: MK

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