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Published: May 31, 2016
Category: review

ABT's Symposium Raises Ratmansky's Bar Even Higher

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK—The American Ballet Theatre, now at the Metropolitan Opera House to July 2, is devoting entire evenings to the choreography of Alexei Ratmansky, its artist-in-residence since 2009 and arguably the most revered ballet maker of the decade. With the premiere of his Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, set to and named after []

Published: July 20, 2011
Category: review

When the Star Is the Set: Ratmansky's "Anna Karenina"

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — There was a surprise star of the Mariinsky Ballet’s “Anna Karenina,” which had its U.S. premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House July 11-14, and she wasn’t a member of the famed company from St. Petersburg. Based on a novel by the great Russian realist writer Leo Tolstoy, choreographed by []

Published: June 20, 2011
Category: review

Banned Ballet Gets New Life

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK – Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Bright Stream,” which had its New York premiere with the American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera June 9-15, is a comedy of errors in the vein of “Twelfth Night.” Cross dressers and star-crossed lovers abound. As restaged from the 1935 Soviet original, choreographed by Fyodor []

Published: May 31, 2011
Category: review

When the Works Are (Mostly) Top Notch

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK – New works by three of the ballet world’s most in-demand choreographers were among the calling cards on American Ballet Theatre’s “From Classics to Premieres” program, May 25 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon were represented by world premieres, Benjamin Millepied (a.k.a. Mr. Black Swan) by []

Published: March 1, 2006
Category: career talk

Starting out: Dance program grads make the leap to professional life

By Rachel Straus

Some call it tunnel vision. Others speak of good timing. Many describe it as a matter of hedging one’s bets. Bellamy F. Eure’s journey from student at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts to professional dancer with Philadanco involved all of the above. Raised in a business minded family, Eure began weighing her []