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Encyclopedia > Mikhail Baryshnikov
Mikhail Baryshnikov

Born Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov
January 28, 1948 (1948-01-28) (age 60)
Riga, Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR
Years active 1968 - present
Domestic partner(s) Lisa Rinehart

Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov (Russian: Михаил Николаевич Барышников) (b January 28, 1948) is a Soviet-born Russian American dancer, choreographer, and actor, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century. After a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he defected to Canada in 1974 and went on to become a principal dancer and artistic director with the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet in New York City. He has spearheaded many of his own artistic projects and has been associated in particular with promoting modern dance, premiering dozens of new works, including many of his own. His success as a dramatic actor on stage, cinema and television has helped him become probably the most widely recognized contemporary ballet dancer. is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Riga (disambiguation). ... State motto: Visu zemju proletārieÅ¡i, savienojieties! Official language Latvian, Russian (de facto). ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An Emmy Award. ... Aleksandr Georgievich Baryshnikov (Russian: ) (born 11 November 1948) was a Soviet athlete who competed mainly in the Shot Put. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... CCCP redirects here. ... A Russian-American is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States who has Russian heritage. ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... Choreography (also known as dance composition) is the art of making structures in which movement occurs, the term composition may also refer to the navigation or connection of these movement structures. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Vaslav Nijinsky as Vayou in Nikolai Legats revival of Marius Petipas The Talisman, St. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For other uses, see Ballet (disambiguation). ... The Mariinsky Ballet is one of the most famous ballet schools in history (formerly the Kirov Ballet, and also the Academic State Theatre), located in St. ... Leningrad (Russian: Ленинград) may mean: St. ... Angel Corella as Aminta in the 2006 production of Ashtons ballet Sylvia. ... Logo of the New York City Ballet The New York City Ballet is a ballet company founded in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein originally known as the American Ballet. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Modern dance is often performed in bare feet. ...

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Biography

Born in Riga, now in independent Latvia, Baryshnikov began his ballet studies there in 1960. In 1964, he entered the Vaganova School, in what was then Leningrad, soon winning the top prize in the junior division of the International Varna Competition. He joined the Kirov Ballet and made his debut at the Mariinsky Theater in 1967, dancing the “Peasant” pas de deux in Giselle. Recognizing Baryshnikov's talent, in particular the strength of his stage presence and purity of his classical technique, several Soviet choreographers including Oleg Vinogradov, Konstantin Sergeyev, Igor Tchernichov, and Leonid Jakobson created ballets for him. Jakobson's 1969 virtuosic Vestris along with an intensely emotional Albrecht in Giselle, became his signature roles.[1] While still in the Soviet Union, he was called by critic Clive Barnes "the most perfect dancer I have ever seen".[1] For other uses, see Riga (disambiguation). ... Carlotta Brianza and Paul Gerdt of the Imperial Ballet as Princess Aurora and Prince Desire in the 1890 premiere of the Sleeping Beauty. ... Leningrad (Russian: Ленинград) may mean: St. ... The Mariinsky Ballet is one of the most famous ballet schools in history (formerly the Kirov Ballet, and also the Academic State Theatre), located in St. ... The Maryinsky (or Mariinsky) Theatre (or Theater), is the St Petersburg theatre where the Mariinsky Ballet is located. ... Pas de deux is also a dressage preformance using two horses. ... Anna Pavlova as Giselle in Act I (ca. ... A Choreographer is a person who makes choreographies and usually works with dancers, actors and singers. ... Clive Barnes (born May 13, 1927) is an English writer, journalist, and critic. ...


While on a tour in Canada with the Kirov Ballet in 1974, Baryshnikov defected, requesting political asylum in Toronto. He later stated that Christina Berlin, an American friend of his, helped engineer his defection during his 1970 tour of London. His first performance after coming out of temporary seclusion in Canada was with the National Ballet of Canada in a televised version of La Sylphide. He then went on to the United States.[2] The Mariinsky Ballet is one of the most famous ballet schools in history (formerly the Kirov Ballet, and also the Academic State Theatre), located in St. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... In politics, a defector is a person who gives up allegiance to one state or political entity in exchange for allegiance to another. ... Power lines leading to a trash dump hover just overhead in El Carpio, a Nicaraguan refugee camp in Costa Rica Under international law, a refugee is a person who is outside his/her country of nationality or habitual residence; has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her... The National Ballet of Canada is Canadas largest ballet troupe. ... La Sylphide is one of the worlds best-known ballets. ...


From 1974 to 1979, he was principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), where he partnered with Gelsey Kirkland. He also worked with the New York City Ballet, with George Balanchine. He also toured with ballet and modern dance companies around the world for fifteen months. Several roles were created for him, including roles Opus 19: The Dreamer (1979), by Jerome Robbins, Rhapsody (1980), by Frederick Ashton, and Other Dances (with Natalia Makarova) by Jerome Robbins. He returned to ABT in 1980 as dancer and artistic director, a position he held for a decade. On July 3, 1986, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. From 1990 to 2002, Baryshnikov was artistic director of the White Oak Dance Project, a touring company he co-founded with Mark Morris. In 2004 he launched the Baryshnikov Arts Centre in New York. Angel Corella as Aminta in the 2006 production of Ashtons ballet Sylvia. ... Gelsey Kirkland (born December 29, 1952, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is an American ballet dancer. ... Logo of the New York City Ballet The New York City Ballet is a ballet company founded in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein originally known as the American Ballet. ... George Balanchine (January 9 (O.S.) = January 22 (N.S.), 1904–April 30, 1983) was one of the 20th centurys foremost choreographers, and one of the founders of American ballet. ... Modern dance is often performed in bare feet. ... Jerome Robbins (October 11, 1918 - July 29, 1998) was an American choreographer whose work has included everything from classical ballet to contemporary musical theater. ... Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton (September 17, 1904 - October 18, 1988) began his career as a dancer but is largely remembered as a choreographer. ... is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Naturalization is the process whereby a person becomes a national of a nation, or a citizen of a country, other than the one of his birth. ... This article is about the year. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The White Oak Dance Project was founded in 1990 by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris to be the touring arm of the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation. ... Mark Morris in 2006 Mark Morris (born: August 29, 1956) is an American modern dancer, choreographer and director whose work is acclaimed for its craftsmanship, ingenuity, humor, and at times eclectic musical accompaniments. ...


Artistic career

Dance

Baryshnikov's talent was obvious from his youth, but the Soviet system in which he grew up was ill-suited for developing it. Shorter than most dancers, he could not tower over a ballerina en pointe and was therefore relegated to secondary parts. More frustrating to him, the Soviet dance world hewed closely to 19th-century traditions and deliberately shunned the creative choreographers of the West, whose work Baryshnikov glimpsed in occasional tours and films. His main goal in leaving Russia was to work with these innovators; in the first two years after his defection, he danced for no fewer than 13 different choreographers, including Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, Alvin Ailey, and Twyla Tharp. "It doesn't matter if every ballet is a success or not," he told New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff in 1976, "The new experience gives me a lot." [3] He cited his fascination with the ways Ailey mixed classical and modern technique and his initial discomfort when Tharp insisted he incorporate eccentric personal gestures in the dance. Jerome Robbins (October 11, 1918 - July 29, 1998) was an American choreographer whose work has included everything from classical ballet to contemporary musical theater. ... Glen Tetley (b. ... Alvin Ailey, Jr. ... // Tharp in a poster for a performance at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. ...


In 1978, he abandoned his free-lance career to spend 18 months as a principal of the New York City Ballet, run by the legendary George Balanchine. "Mr. B," as he was known, rarely welcomed guest artists and had refused to work with both Nureyev and Makarova; Baryshnikov's decision to devote his full attentions to the New York company stunned the dance world. Balanchine never created a new work for Baryshnikov, though he did coach the young dancer in his distinctive style, and Baryshnikov triumphed in such signature roles as Apollo, Prodigal Son, and Rubies. Robbins did, however, create Opus 19: The Dreamer for Baryshnikov and NYCB favorite Patricia McBride [4] In 1980, he became Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre and his role changed from performer to director. Logo of the New York City Ballet The New York City Ballet is a ballet company founded in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein originally known as the American Ballet. ... George Balanchine (January 9 (O.S.) = January 22 (N.S.), 1904–April 30, 1983) was one of the 20th centurys foremost choreographers, and one of the founders of American ballet. ... Rudolf Nureyev in 1961 Rudolf Nureyev (Tatar form Rudolf Xämät ulı Nuriev, Russian Рудольф Хаметович Нуриев) (17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993), Tatar-born dancer, is regarded as one of the greatest male dancers of the 20th century, alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Baryshnikov. ... For other uses, see Apollo (disambiguation). ... The Return of the Prodigal Son (1773) by Pompeo Batoni The Prodigal Son, also known as The Lost Son is one of the best known parables of Jesus. ... Ruby is a red gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum in which the color is caused mainly by chromium. ... Angel Corella as Aminta in the 2006 production of Ashtons ballet Sylvia. ...


Nevertheless, his fascination with the new has stood him in good stead. While his technique has lost its flash, his mastery of gesture and stagecraft remains compelling. As he observed, "It doesn't matter how high you lift your leg. The technique is about transparency, simplicity and making an earnest attempt.”[5] The White Oak Project was formed to create original work for older dancers. In a run ending just short of his 60th birthday in 2007, he appeared in a production of four short plays by Samuel Beckett staged by avant-garde director JoAnne Akalaitis. Joining discipline and charisma, he has fashioned an exceptionally long career and cast a long shadow over the contemporary dance world. Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish dramatist, novelist and poet. ... Theatre director and writer JoAnne Akalaitis is the winner of five Obie Awards for direction (and sustained achievement) and founder of the critically acclaimed Mabou Mines in New York. ...


He has received two Honorary Degrees; on September 28, 2007 from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, and on May 11, 2006, from New York University.


For the duration of the 2006 Summer, he went on tour with Hell's Kitchen Dance, which was sponsored by the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Featuring works by Baryshnikov Arts Center residents Azsure Barton and Benjamin Millipied, the company toured the United States and Spain.


In late August 2007 Baryshnikov performed Mats Ek's Place (original Swedish title, Ställe) with Ana Laguna at Dansens Hus in Stockholm. Mats Ek (April 18, 1945 - ) is a leading Swedish dance- and ballet choreographer, dancer and stage director. ... For other uses, see Stockholm (disambiguation). ...


Film and television

Baryshnikov made his American television dancing debut in 1976, on the PBS program In Performance Live from Wolf Trap. During the Christmas season of 1977, CBS brought his highly acclaimed production of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet The Nutcracker to television, and it has remained to this day the most popular and most often shown television production of the work. In addition to Baryshnikov in the title role, Gelsey Kirkland, Alexander Minz and the American Ballet Theatre also starred. The production was videotaped in Canada. After being shown twice by CBS, it moved to PBS, where it received annual television showings every Christmas season for many years. Some PBS stations still televise it annually, and it is currently a bestseller on DVD during the Christmas season. It is only one of two versions of "The Nutcracker" to be nominated for an Emmy Award, the other being "The Hard Nut," Mark Morris's intentionally exaggerated and satirical version of the ballet. Afterwards, Baryshnikov appeared in two Emmy-winning television specials, one on ABC-TV and one on CBS, in which he danced to music from Broadway and Hollywood, respectively. During the 1970s and 80s, he appeared many times with American Ballet Theatre on Live from Lincoln Center and Great Performances. Over the years, he has also appeared on several telecasts of the Kennedy Center Honors. Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is a performing arts center situated in a setting of rolling hills and woods located on 117 acres (47. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... The Nutcracker (Russian: , Shchelkunchik) Op. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... An Emmy Award. ... Mark Morris in 2006 Mark Morris (born: August 29, 1956) is an American modern dancer, choreographer and director whose work is acclaimed for its craftsmanship, ingenuity, humor, and at times eclectic musical accompaniments. ... This article is about the Australian television channel. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... ... Live from Lincoln Center is an ongoing television concert series on PBS. It premiered in 1976 and is still running, although it is not a daily, weekly, or even monthly program. ... Great Performances was a television series devoted to the performing arts which ran on the US television station PBS from 1972. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


Baryshnikov's appeared in his first film role soon after arriving in New York, as Yuri Kopeikine, a famous Russian ballet dancer, in the 1977 film The Turning Point, for which he received an Oscar nomination . Additionally, he co-starred with Gregory Hines in the 1985 film White Nights, choreographed by Twyla Tharp, and the 1987 film Dancers. He played Carrie Bradshaw's boyfriend, Aleksandr Petrovsky, in the last season of Sex and the City. The year 1977 in film involved some significant events. ... The Turning Point (1977) was written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Herbert Ross. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Gregory Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was a Tony Award-winning American actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer. ... // Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone The Color Purple, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Adolph Caesar Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and... White Nights is a 1985 movie starring Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov. ... // Tharp in a poster for a performance at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Dancers is a 1987 film directed by Herbert Ross and starring Mikhail Baryshnikov as Tony and Julie Kent as Lisa. ... Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw Caroline Marie Bradshaw (born October 10, 1966) is the fictional narrator of the HBO sitcom/drama Sex and the City played by actress Sarah Jessica Parker. ... Sex and the City is a popular American cable television program. ...


On November 2, 2006, Baryshnikov and chef Alice Waters were featured on an episode of the Sundance Channel's original series Iconoclasts. The two have a life-long friendship. They discuss their lifestyles, sources of inspiration, and social projects that make them unique. During the program, Alice Waters visits Baryshnikov's Arts Center in New York City, then later the Hell's Kitchen Dance tour brings him to Berkeley to visit Alice Waters' restaurant Chez Panisse. Alice Louise Waters (born 28 April 1944 in Chatham, New Jersey) is a well-known American chef. ... Sundance Channel logo used from 1996 to 2002. ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, in the United States. ... The front entrance to Chez Panisse on Berkeleys Shattuck Avenue Chez Panisse is a Berkeley, California restaurant known as the birthplace of California cuisine, a style credited to its co-founder, Alice Waters. ...


On July 17, 2007, the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer featured a profile of Baryshnikov and his Arts Center. The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is an evening television news program broadcast weeknights on PBS in the United States. ...


Family

Baryshnikov has a daughter, Aleksandra Baryshnikova (born 1981), from a previous relationship with actress Jessica Lange. When Baryshnikov and Lange met, he was able to speak very little English, and they had to communicate by using French instead. Baryshnikov is currently in a long term relationship with former ballerina Lisa Rinehart, and they have three children: Sofia, Anna, and Peter. In an interview with Larry King, Baryshnikov said that he didn't believe in marriage because the commitment that people make to each other doesn't have anything to do with a legal marriage. He stated that he wasn't religious, so standing in front of an altar would not mean anything to him.[6] Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... This article is about the television show host. ...


Notes

  1. ^ a b Biography of Mikhail Baryshnikov. The Kennedy Center. Retrieved on 2008-01-29.
  2. ^ Natalia Makarova, A Dance Autobiography (Knopf 1979), p. 152.
  3. ^ New York Times, June 20, 1976
  4. ^ The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet, Oxford University Press, New York, 1987; Repertory in Review: 40 Years of the New York City Ballet, Dial Press, New York, 1977
  5. ^ Baryshnikov at Work: Mikhail Baryshnikov discusses his roles. Knopf, New York, 1976.
  6. ^ CNN Larry King Weekend: Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov. CNN.com Transcripts. Cable News Network (2002-05-05). Retrieved on 2008-01-29.

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References

  • Cambridge Biographical Dictionary. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

External links

  • Mikhail Baryshnikov at the Internet Movie Database
  • Baryshnikov Dance Foundation
  • Kennedy Center Honors biography as of 2000
  • Information community LJ devoted to Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov entry in the Concise Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov entry in the Columbia Encyclopedia
Persondata
NAME Baryshnikov, Mikhail Nikolaevitch
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Russian Ballet Dancer
DATE OF BIRTH January 28, 1948
PLACE OF BIRTH Riga, Soviet Union
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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Mikhail Baryshnikov - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (609 words)
Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov (Russian: Михаил Николаевич Барышников) (born January 28, 1948) is a famous Russian dancer, choreographer, and actor.
Baryshnikov, whose name is sometimes transliterated as Baryshinikov or Barishinikov, was born in Riga, Latvia to Russian parents.
As of 2004, he is actively involved in the establishment of the Baryshnikov Arts Center in a new performing arts complex in New York City.
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Mikhail Baryshnikov, seen here performing Giselle with Antoinette Sibley, is considered one of the greatest male dancers of the 20th century.
Baryshnikov defected from the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) while touring Canada with the Bolshoi Ballet in 1974.
He subsequently danced with the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet, and was the director of the American Ballet Theatre from 1980 to 1989.
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