Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948 - ) was the second great Soviet dancer to defect, in 1974, to the west. Rudolf Nureyev was the first in 1961. Baryshnikov soon found a place in the American Ballet Theater. He left the ABT in 1978 to join the New York City Ballet. In his brief stint at NYCB he had a chance to work with both Balanchine and Robbins. In 1980 he returned to ABT as Artistic Director.
His work in movies included The Turning Point, 1977, for which his acting was acclaimed as well as his classical technique. In the same year Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker was brought to TV with some of the choreography by Baryshnikov. In 1985 White Nights featured him as a defector returned by accident into the repressive Soviet Union. The film is a compilation of some of Baryshnikov’s work as both dancer and choreographer. Running time: 1 hour.
Join arts enthusiast Jack Brin to view films and film clips and talk about ballet and music appreciation in this 4 part series, March through June 2019. Brin is a former mathematics professor who also developed a music appreciation course for college students.