Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov


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in Riga, Latvia
January 27, 1948

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Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov 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 for more opportunities in western dance. After freelancing with many companies, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer to learn George Balanchine's style of movement. He then moved to dance and later became artistic director with the American Ballet Theatre, also in New York.

Baryshnikov has spearheaded many of his own artistic projects and has been associated in particular with promoting modern dance, premiering dozens of ne
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Baryshnikov: In Black and W...

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The Swan Prince

4.47 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1987
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Baryshnikov at Work

4.21 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 1976 — 3 editions
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Baryshnikov in Color

4.43 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1980
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Mikhail Baryshnikov: Merce ...

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Miss O: My Life in Ballet

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Cuban Ballet

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Reinventing Dance in the 19...

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“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.”
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“The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep.”
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