Mikhail Baryshnikov

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Mikhail Baryshnikov

Russian dancer, choreographer, and actor, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet dancers in history add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1948.

Countries: United States (44%), (14%), Canada (8%)

Main connections: Soviet Union, White Nights (1985 film), The New York Times

Linked to: Haaretz, Soviet Union, Sundance Channel, The Wall Street Journal

 

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Mikhail Baryshnikov was born in 1948 add something


1958

Alexander Godunov - Godunov began his ballet studies in Riga in 1958, in the same class as Mikhail Baryshnikov


1960

Born to Russian parents in Riga , Latvia, occupied and annexed by the Soviet Union, Baryshnikov began his ballet studies there in 1960 add something

 

Lucia Chase - She retired from the stage in 1960, and retired as company director in 1980, when she was succeeded by Mikhail Baryshnikov


1965

CBS - CBS would later show two other versions of the ballet, a semi-forgotten one-hour German-American version hosted by Eddie Albert ,shown annually for three years beginning in 1965, and the well-loved Baryshnikov production from 1977 to 1981


1967

He joined the Kirov Ballet and Mariinsky Theater in 1967, dancing the Peasant pas de deux in "Giselle" add something


1969

Baryshnikov made signature roles of Jakobson's 1969 virtuosic "Vestris" along with an intensely emotional Albrecht in "Giselle" add something

 

The Concert (ballet) - Robbins made three subsequent ballets to Chopin's music: "Dances at a Gathering", 1969; "In the Night", 1970; and "Other Dances", 1976, made on Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova


1970

During the 1970s and 1980s, he appeared many times with American Ballet Theatre on "Live from Lincoln Center" and "Great Performances" add something

 

He announced to the dance world he would not go back to the U.S.S.R. He later stated that Christina Berlin, an American friend of his, helped engineer his defection during his 1970 tour of London add something


1974

After a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he defected to Canada in 1974 for more opportunities in western dance add something

 

From 1974 to 1978, he was principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre , where he partnered with Gelsey Kirkland add something

 

On June 29, 1974, while on tour in Canada with the Kirov Ballet, Baryshnikov defected, requesting political asylum in Toronto, and joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet add something

 

Fernando Bujones - It was during that period that Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union and joined ABT in 1974

 

Jim Peterson - Peterson first came to public attention in 1974 when he helped ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov defect from the Soviet Union during a performance of the Bolshoi Ballet in Toronto


1975

Le jeune homme et la mort - "Le Jeune Homme et la Mort" was revived by Mikhail Baryshnikov at the American Ballet Theatre in 1975 and in the 1985 movie "White Nights", in arrangements by Petit for Baryshnikov


1976

Baryshnikov made his American television dancing debut in 1976, on the PBS program "In Performance Live from Wolf Trap" add something


1977

During the Christmas season of 1977, CBS brought his highly acclaimed American Ballet Theatre 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, at least in the U.S. In addition to Baryshnikov in the title role, Gelsey Kirkland, Alexander Minz, and many members of the American Ballet Theatre starred add something

 

He portrayed the character Yuri Kopeikine, a famous Russian womanizing ballet dancer, in the 1977 film, "The Turning Point", for which he received an Oscar nomination add something

 

In 1977, he received a nomination for the Academy award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe nomination for his work as "Yuri Kopeikine" in the film " The Turning Point" add something

 

Tony Charmoli - More recently he has focused his talents on directing for television, where he has directed such programs as the famous 1977 production of "The Nutcracker" starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, which was nominated for two Emmys

 

Kenneth Schermerhorn - Schermerhorn, however, did conduct the 1977 television production of "The Nutcracker", starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, and the American Ballet Theatre

 

Rebecca Wright - She can be seen on television and on DVD as The Doll in Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of "The Nutcracker", which was first telecast in 1977


1978

In 1978, he abandoned his freelance career to spend 18 months as a principal of the New York City Ballet, run by the legendary George Balanchine add something


1979

Apollo (ballet) - For a revival with Mikhail Baryshnikov as Apollo in 1979, he omitted Apollo's first variation and rechoreographed the ending of the ballet


1980

He returned to ABT in 1980 as dancer and artistic director, a position he held for a decade add something

 

In 1980, he became Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre and his role changed from performer to director add something

 

Rhapsody (Ashton) - The 1980 premiere was the last of Mikhail Baryshnikov's guest appearances with the Royal Ballet, and was the only role created for him at his time there


1981

Francesco Scavullo - In 1981, Scavullo was commissioned by Mikhail Baryshnikov to photograph the dancers of the American Ballet Theatre which formed the basis of an exhibition that was later shown in a nationwide tour


1982

Alexander Godunov - Godunov joined the American Ballet Theatre and danced as a principal dancer until 1982 when he had a falling-out with his long-time friend and director of the company Mikhail Baryshnikov


1985

He co-starred with Gregory Hines and Isabella Rossellini in the 1985 film, "White Nights", choreographed by Twyla Tharp; and he was featured in the 1987 film, "Dancers add something

 

Julio Bocca - In 1985, aged just 18, he won the Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow and was invited to join the American Ballet Theatre by Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

David Pack - Pack's 1985 solo album "Anywhere You Go" spawned the song "Prove Me Wrong" which appeared on the soundtrack of the 1985 film "White Nights" starring Gregory Hines & Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

White Nights (1985 film) - "'White Nights"' is a 1985 American drama film directed by Taylor Hackford and choreographed by Twyla Tharp and stars Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren and Isabella Rossellini


1986

On July 3, 1986, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States add something

 

Barbara (singer) - Metropolitan Opera - In 1986 she went to New York City to perform on piano at the Metropolitan Opera with Mikhail Baryshnikov in a song and dance ballet presentation


1987

Lynn Seymour - She has appeared as an actress in the Herbert Ross 1987 movie "Dancers" with Mikhail Baryshnikov and come back to the stage with Northern Ballet Theatre in Gillian Lynne's "A Simple Man" , with Second Stride in "Escape at Sea" and with Adventures in Motion Pictures in Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake" and "Cinderella" in which she created the role of the Stepmother


1989

John Fraser (journalist) - A book on the American Ballet Theatre and Mikhail Baryshnikov, "Private View", was a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate choice in 1989 and won a "Dance Magazine" "book of the year" award


1990

From 1990 to 2002, Baryshnikov was artistic director of the White Oak Dance Project, a touring company he co-founded with Mark Morris add something

 

Mark Morris - In 1990, Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov established the White Oak Dance Project


1999

He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 add something


 

In 2000, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts add something

 

Yvonne Rainer - In 2000, Rainer returned to dance and choreography to create a performance for Mikhail Baryshnikov's Baryshnikov Dance Foundation and the White Oak Dance Project


2003

In 2003, he won the Prix Benois de la Danse for lifetime achievement add something

 

Michael Clark (dancer) - In 2003 Clark created the first Satie Stud for William Trevitt of George Piper Dances, produced an evening entitled "Would, Should, Can, Did", for the Barbican Theatre in London, and choreographed a solo for Mikhail Baryshnikov, "Rattle Your Jewellery"


2004

The remastered DVD of the performance, issued by Kultur Video in 2004, is a bestseller during the Christmas season add something


2005

In 2005 he launched the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York add something

 

Alexander Morfov - In 2005 he worked in the USA with Mikhail Baryshnikov on the theatre project Doctor and Patient by s://ru


2006

For the duration of the 2006 Summer, he went on tour with Hell's Kitchen Dance, which was sponsored by the Baryshnikov Arts Center add something

 

On November 2, 2006, Baryshnikov and chef Alice Waters were featured on an episode of the Sundance Channel's original series "Iconoclasts" add something


2007

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 add something

 

On July 17, 2007, the PBS "News Hour with Jim Lehrer" featured a profile of Baryshnikov and his Arts Center add something

 

In late August 2007 Baryshnikov performed Mats Ek's "Place" with Ana Laguna at Dansens Hus in Stockholm add something


2011

In an interview to Haaretz newspaper in 2011, he expressed his opposition to artistic boycotts of Israel and described the enthusiasm of Israeli contemporary dance as astounding add something


2012

Despite the above, in an article in "The Wall Street Journal" for February 25, 2012 , based on an interview conducted on his 64th birthday, Baryshnikov refers several times to his "wife" add something

 

Asa Mader - In homage to the birthday of Mikhail Baryshnikov, a short film portrait by Asa Mader was presented on NOWNESS on January 27, 2012


2015

In a continuation of his interest in modern dance, Baryshnikov appeared in 2015 in a three-and-a-half minute commercial for the clothing designer Rag-and-Bones along with the street dance artist Lil Buck with both performing dance roles add something

 

On April 21, 2015, "The New York Times" reported that Baryshnikov was scheduled to perform a reading of the Nobel Laureate poet Joseph Brodsky in Baryshinov's native Riga in 2015 add something


2016

"The New York Times" states in the same article that: "A tour to the United States, as part of an international tour, is planned for 2016 add something

 

Its international tour began in Tel Aviv in January 2016 and it was later staged in New York City in March, 2016, still in the original Russian add something

 

Application to Latvian parliament along with a letter from Baryshnikov in which he expressed wish to be become a citizen of what today constitutes his native country was submitted on December 21, 2016 add something


2017

On April 27, 2017, Baryshnikov was granted citizenship for extraordinary merits by Republic of Latvia add something