The famous ballet dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov will perform in Belgrade on 23, 24 and 25 April.
Brodsky / Baryshnikov is a one-man show based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis.
Mikhail Baryshnikov is a ballet dancer who choreographed several iconic pieces which have made him one of the greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century.
Mikhail Baryshnikov was born in Riga (now the capital of Latvia)in 1948. An experienced and respected ballet dancer in the Soviet Union during the 1960s, Baryshnikov was a beloved part of his nation. In 1964 he entered a leading international ballet school, the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). He then joined the world-famous classical ballet company, the Kirov, now the Mariinsky, and his technique and balletic abilities were so great, he skipped the corps and was immediately put in a soloist position. He made his stage debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1967, featuring in a production of Giselle.
However, his career was not all that easy. He was aimed for innovations in classical dance and was interested in modern choreography, while the Soviet school adhered to 19th-century traditions, which were limiting and frustrating for the dancer.
Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union in 1974 in search for artistic and personal freedom in the West.. He made his debut with the American Ballet Theatre that same year, dancing Giselle with Natalia Makarova. He stayed with ABT for the next four years, voraciously learning and defining new roles, expanding his horizons as well as those of male dancing. Memorably, he also staged ABT’s productions of The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Cinderella.
Baryshnikov worked with the American Ballet Theatre until 1978 before becoming its artistic director in the ’80s.
From 1990 to 2002, Mr. Baryshnikov was director and dancer with the White Oak Dance Project, which he co-founded with choreographer Mark Morris. White Oak was born of Baryshnikov’s desire “to be a driving force in the production of art,” and, indeed, it expanded the repertoire and visibility of American modern dance.
In 2005, he opened the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), a creative home for local and international artists to develop and present work. Since its founding, the Center has hosted numerous artists and productions from the United States and abroad.