Award-winning choreographer and dancer Alexei Ratmansky will discuss the international world of ballet choreography and performance at Alexei Ratmansky in Conversation with Paul Holdengräber, to be held at the New York Public Library Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m., cosponsored by the newly launched NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts.

NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts co-sponsors conversation with ballet legend Alexei Ratmansky at LIVE from the NYPL

The event, part of the NYPL LIVE lecture series, marks the first co-sponsored event by the new Center, which was launched by former dancer and renowned historian Jennifer Homans, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

LIVE from the NYPL is The New York Public Library's flagship ticketed event series, embodying the institution's mission to educate, inform, and inspire the diverse community it serves in New York and beyond. Past guests at LIVE from the NYPL include: Margaret Atwood, David Byrne, Joan Didion, Umberto Eco, Jeffrey Eugenides, Elizabeth Gilbert, Werner Herzog, Jay-Z, Miranda July, Spike Lee, Jonathan Letham, Toni Morrison, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Lou Reed, Salman Rushdie, Oliver Sacks, Patti Smith, Derek Walcott, John Waters, and Slavoj Zizek.

The Ratmansky conversation also falls squarely into the mission of the new NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, which is to inspire new ideas and new ballets, expanding the way we think about ballet and bringing vitality to its history, practice, and performance in the 21st century. Its current fellows include director/choreographer John Carrafa, producer/director Gregory Mosher, NYU Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics J. David Velleman, dancer/educator/arts advocate Heather Watts; and filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

Born in St. Peterberg and trained at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Ratmansky has performed with and choreographed for some of the world’s greatest ballet companies, including New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and American Ballet Theater, for which he created On the Dnieper (2009), Seven Sonatas (2009), The Nutcracker (2010), The Bright Stream (2011), Dumbarton (2011), Firebird (2012), Symphony #9 (2012), Chamber Symphony (2013) and Piano Concerto #1 (2013). He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2013.

Paul Holdengräber is the director of LIVE from the NYPL and is responsible for curating the series' Spring and Fall programs each year. Prior to joining The New York Public Library in 2004, Holdengräber founded and served as the director of the Institute for Art and Cultures at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Getty Research Institute from 1995 to 1996, before starting at LACMA the following year. Fluent in four languages, Holdengräber lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.

Alexei Ratmansky in Conversation with Paul Holdengräber will take place at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located at 42nd Street at Fifth Avenue
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