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Alexei Ratmansky talks about Petipa.


MH: About the notations: Petipa didn’t believe in them, Arlene Croce called them “a dinosaur skeleton,” “inert theatre.” How do you see them?

AR: I think the notations contain a huge amount of first-rate choreography by the master who created our classical ballets, waiting to be used. It really excited me and gave me courage to spend time alone with them.

But learning to decipher the notations is something that happens before you go into the studio. When you go into the studio it’s live theater, like any other ballet that I choreograph. It all depends on how you inspire dancers.


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