Mikhail Baryshnikov  (Latvian, 1948) 

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A native of Riga, Latvia, Mikhail Baryshnikov (Latvian, b.1948) began studying ballet at the age of nine. As a teenager, he moved to Leningrad, where he entered the Vaganova Choreographic School, and became a principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet in 1969. In 1974, he left the Soviet Union to dance with major ballet companies around the world, including the New York City Ballet, where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. In 1980, he began a 10-year stint as the artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.

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 out of Baryshnikov’s desire to expand 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. Located in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, BAC houses four studios, a 150-seat studio theater, and the 238-seat Jerome Robbins Theater. Through its residency program, BAC gives space and time to young and established artists to dream and create in the center’s studios without any commercial pressure. BAC also presents contemporary, innovative work by artists from the worlds of dance, theater, music, and film at low or no cost to the public. Under his leadership as artistic director, BAC programs serve approximately 500 artists, and more than 20,000 audience members each year.

Among Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of Honor, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the 2012 Vilcek Award. In 2010, he was given the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor.

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Mikhail Baryshnikov, Untitled #3

 

Mikhail Baryshnikov
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2011

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Mikhail Baryshnikov, Untitled #33

 

Mikhail Baryshnikov
Untitled #33
2012

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Mikhail Baryshnikov, Untitled #32

 

Mikhail Baryshnikov
Untitled #32
2012

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Mikhail Baryshnikov, Untitled #7

 

Mikhail Baryshnikov
Untitled #7
2008

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Mikhail Baryshnikov, Untitled #10 (from the series Dominican Moves)

 

Mikhail Baryshnikov
Untitled #10 (from the series Dominican Moves)
2006

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Mikhail Baryshnikov, Untitled #32 (from the series Dominican Moves)

 

Mikhail Baryshnikov
Untitled #32 (from the series Dominican Moves)
2006

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Mikhail Baryshnikov, Untitled #25 (from the series Dominican Move)

 

Mikhail Baryshnikov
Untitled #25 (from the series Dominican Move)
2006

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