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  • Baryshnikov: Dancer, Actor and...Photographer?

    Baryshnikov PhotographyMikhail Baryshnikov will proudly unveil his photographic work in a solo exhibition scheduled to open tomorrow, February 24th in Miami.

    In "Dance This Way," Baryshnikov turns the camera on ethnic, hip-hop, ballet, modern and popular dances around the world. The show's title, Baryshnikov says, is meant to be both commanding and descriptive. He wants the dancers to move toward his camera, and he wants to show what he sees in their dances. "I'm interested in focusing on body parts, the movements which really one cannot notice in the audience," says Baryshnikov, 64.

    Interesting, wouldn't you say? You can read all it here.

  • Dance Awards Bestowed Upon Baryshnikov and Forsythe

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    Congratulations to two incredible artists!

    Mikhail Baryshnikov has been awarded the Vilcek Prize for the Arts, an award which honors the contributions of foreign-born artists and scientists in the United States, while choreographer William Forsythe has been awarded the 2012 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement from The American Dance Festival. Read more here.

  • Exclusive Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov

    mikhail-baryshnikovCheck out this great interview with the one...the only...the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov! {Normally this post would be longer, but after the words "Mikhail Baryshnikov" - there's really nothing left to say! :) }

  • A Legendary Collaboration: Baryshnikov and Cunningham

    mikhail-baryshnikovI don't know about you, but this next piece of news makes me super-excited! According to the New York Times, "On Oct. 4, Mikhail Baryshnikov will perform as part of a special benefit program to introduce a new collaboration between the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Baryshnikov Arts Center. “BAC Flicks: Mondays With Merce,” a new monthly film series and programming collaboration, is intended to educate audiences about Cunningham’s legacy and creative process."

    This is sure to be a stellar event of epic proportions! To learn more about the kick-off event, the film series, or to purchase tickets, click here to read the rest of the article.

  • Review: The Nutcracker - Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland (1977)

    Mikhail Baryshnikov debuts his stunning choreographic talent in this classic tale re-born. Hailed as one of the finest Nutcracker productions ever made, Baryshnikov’s “Nutcracker” is captivating, thrilling, and magical, inspiring thousands of would-be dancers for the past three decades.

    Baryshnikov’s “Nutcracker” incorporates elements of cinematic artistry that create a lovely, dreamlike atmosphere. These elements are particularly noticeable when the Nutcracker magically transforms into the handsome Prince and during the beautiful Waltz of the Snowflakes.

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    The sets are elegantly stylish decorated in softly muted tones. The voice of the Narrator echoes of a time when children sat upon a beloved Grandfather’s knee, listening to his tales of wonder. The all-star cast features members from the famous American Ballet Theatre, including Alexander Minz as Herr Drosselmeyer.

    Just three years after his arrival in the US, this exhilarating production secured Baryshnikov’s place within the hearts of the American public. The film’s details ring poetically with the combined professional influences upon his career, both Russian and American.

    Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker Prince is clearly in a class by itself. Alive with fantastical force, boyish whimsy and displaying superior showmanship, his athleticism and vivid interpretation are unparalleled and will leave audiences cheering for years to come.

    Gelsey Kirkland creates a most exquisite Clara. With her lithe form, articulated feet, and doll-like features, Kirkland beautifully captures the very essence of childlike wonder coupled with the blossoming emotions of young womanhood.  Her talent is lauded with praise throughout the dance world, and her name is synonymous with classicalism. Baryshnikov referred to Kirkland as, “The best ballerina of her generation” a compliment that is well-deserved.

    This film radiates with all the vibrancy of their legendary partnership. The acclaimed duo creates a powerful masterpiece from the remnants of Nutcrackers past; one that is teaming and pulsating with life.

    With its remarkable dancing, impeccable character interpretation and clever cinematography, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s “The Nutcracker” adds bold, rich flavor to a cherished holiday treat.

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