Alexei Ratmansky discussed the Boshoi's upcoming Valentine's Day Program on American Choreographers, among many other things, in an interview published in Gaseta Kultura
The program will be:
1. Balanchine's Serenade
, featuring Svetlana Zakharova.
2. Wheeldon: "a ballet he will set on the Bolshoi" to music by Arvo Part. Dancers will include Masha Alexandrova, Svetlana Lunkina and Nikolai Tsiskaridse.
3. Tharp's In the Upper Room
, cast yet to be determined.
Regarding ballet in America, Mr. Ratmansky said
The 20th Century's most important choreographers worked in America: Fokine, Robbins, Tudor, Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Taylor. [This] places America in a special position among the ballet powers.... In the 20th Century, Balanchine became for American ballet what Petipa was for Russia in the 19th, not only for creating a repetoire, but for originating a style (which has been imitated by subsequent generations of choreographers).
He said Christopher Wheeldon is the "most known in the world" classical choreographer of his generation. He feels the Tharp work requires "simultaneously virtuosity and enormous internal freedom."
He also spoke about his experiences with New York City Ballet:
To my happiness, Russian Seasons enjoyed great success, it has already been shown on tours and will be repeated in New York during February of next year. This was interesting work. Inspired by remarkable music of Leonid Desyatnikov. Russian music and Russian theme. Furthermore, the rare for me possibility to one hundred percent renounce administrative concerns... To me it is important to check myself as choreographer, my habits, skill to find common language with different dancers. Yes even to look at how other companies work, [especially] the famous company of Balanchine.... During November at the opening of the season New York City Ballet will dance my Middle Duet.