The 92nd Street Y, New York presents Alexei Ratmansky — one of the most celebrated ballet choreographers of our time — and acclaimed dance critic Marina Harss for a conversation about Harss’ long-awaited new biography, The Boy from Kyiv, moderated by New York City Ballet star Sara Mearns. The conversation is in person in 92NY’s newly renovated Buttenwieser Hall at the Arnhold Center on Monday, October 2 at 7:30 pm ET, as well as online. Tickets are available here

Ratmansky, “the most sought-after man in ballet” (The New Yorker ), has revitalized the art of ballet with a bold, sprawling body of work suffused with vivid emotion and his unique, and always surprising, approach to storytelling. Harss’s new biography is an audacious act of storytelling in its own right. After following the ascent of Ratmansky’s career for nearly two decades, she tells the story of an artist of mixed Ukrainian and Russian descent honing his craft, discovering his voice, and using his platform on the global stage to become the most vocal critic of Vladimir Putin in the quintessentially Russian ballet world. 

Hear Ratmansky, Harss and Mearns — recent star of Ratmansky’s Romeo & Juliet — discuss his remarkable life and career, the enlightening new biography, the unique relationship between dancer and choreographer, stories that didn’t make it into the book, and more.

Marina Harss will sign copies of The Boy from Kyiv  following the talk.

About The 92nd Street Y, New York: The 92nd Street Y, New York (92NY) is a world-class center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. Now celebrating its 150th  anniversary, 92NY offers extensive classes, courses and events online including live concerts, talks and master classes; fitness classes for all ages; 250+ art classes, and parenting workshops for new moms and dads. The 92nd Street Y, New York is transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world. All of 92NY’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions, and ethnicities. For more information, visit