Alexei Ratmansky (St. Petersburg) trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. He danced with the Ukrainian National Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet.
He has choreographed ballets for the Mariinsky Theatre (formerly the Kirov Ballet), the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet. In 1998, the Theatre Union of Russia presented him with a Golden Mask Award for Dreams of Japan. In 2005, he was awarded the Benois de la Danse prize for his choreography of Anna Karenina for the Royal Danish Ballet.
In January 2004, Ratmansky was appointed artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet. For this company, he choreographed The Bright Stream and The Bolt, and created new versions of Le Corsaire and the Soviet ballet Flames of Paris. Under Ratmansky's leadership, the Bolshoi Ballet was nominated 'Best Foreign Company' in 2005 and 2007 by The Critics' Circle in London, who also presented him with a National Dance Award for The Bright Stream in 2006.
In 2007, he won another Golden Mask Award, this time for Jeu de Cartes. Ratmansky has been a resident choreographer with American Ballet Theatre since January 2009. In February 2010, the Dutch National Ballet premiered his ballet On the Dniepr (2009) in the programme A la Russe. In the 2011|2012 anniversary season, Ratmansky is creating a new work for the programme Present(s).