Mikhail Baryshnikov

Born 1948 in Riga, Latvia, Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest dancers of our time. After commencing his career with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he came to the West in 1974, settling in New York City as principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 1979 he joined New York City Ballet, where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. A year later he was appointed artistic director of ABT where, for the next decade, he introduced a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990-2002, Baryshnikov was director and dancer of the White Oak Dance Project, which he and choreographer Mark Morris co-founded to expand the repertoire and visibility of American modern dance.

As an actor he has performed widely on- and off-Broadway, as well as in television and film, receiving a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for Metamorphosis, and an Academy Award nomination for The Turning Point.

Other productions include Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and the Patient, Beckett Shorts, In Paris, Man in a Case, The Old Woman and Letter to a Man. He is currently appearing in a solo theatrical production, Brodsky/Baryshnikov, directed by Alvis Hermanis.

In 2005, he launched Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York City, a creative space for presenting and nurturing multidisciplinary artists from around the globe. Under his leadership as artistic director, BAC’s programs have grown to serve more than 700 artists and 22,000 audience members annually. Among Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Honor, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the 2012 Vilcek Award. In 2010, he was given the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor, and in 2017 he received Japan’s prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in Theatre/Film.

BARYSHNIKOV PRODUCTIONS is an independent producing company based in New York City, designed to bring the voices of distinctive directors, choreographers and artists to the world’s most respected stages. Under this umbrella, the company has produced and toured the White Oak Dance Project (1990-2002), Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and Patient (2004-06), Beckett Shorts (2007), In Paris (2010-12), Man in a Case (2012-14), The Old Woman (2013-15) and Letter to a Man (2015-17).

BRODSKY/BARYSHNOKOV è un “one-man show” basato sulle poesie del Premio Nobel per la letteratura Joseph Brodsky, interpretato da Mikhail Baryshnikov. Concepito e diretto da Alvis Hermanis, noto regista lettone del New Riga Theatre, BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV è un commovente viaggio nel profondo delle viscerali e complesse composizioni del poeta. Interpretato in russo, lingua madre di Brodsky, Baryshnikov recita una selezione delle toccanti ed eloquenti opere del suo amico di lunga data. La sua sottile fisicità trasporta il pubblico nel mondo interiore di Brodsky secondo il riverente immaginario di Hermanis.

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