Congratulations to choreographers Alexei Ratmansky and Kyle Abraham! Both have been named 2013 MacArthur Fellows, an honor that earns them a $625,000 “genius” grant—and entry into a very exclusive club, which includes the likes of Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Trisha Brown, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Bill T. Jones and Arthur Mitchell.
The ballet world already knows and loves Ratmansky. But Kyle Abraham, contemporary choreographer and director of Abraham.In.Motion, has been making waves in the ballet world recently, too, thanks to his collaboration with legendary ballerina Wendy Whelan for her Restless Creature project. (Stay tuned for much more about that in our December/January issue).
The MacArthur foundation has put together videos for each of its 2013 Fellows, which give fascinating glimpses into their lives and works. Take a look at their packages for Ratmansky and Abraham: