Michkael Baryshnikov

(born 27th January 1948)


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Mikhail Baryshnikov is a Russian dancer, choreographer and actor. He began studying ballet at the age of nine. Michkael Barishnikov joined the Kirov Ballet of Leningrad and his technique and balletic abilities were so great, he skipped the corps and was immediately put in a soloist position. When the Kirov was touring in Canada, he defected and then quickly became a member of the National Ballet of Canada. nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers and became one of the company’s principal dancers. In 1977 he also made his film debut in “The Turning Point”. He danced “Prodigal Son” and numerous other ballets at NYCB under Balanchine’s direction and continued with NYCB for a year and a half, until he was offered the position of Artistic Director at American Ballet Theatre in 1980 nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers and became one of the company’s principal dancers. He also briefly resumed the role of principal dancer. Michkael Barishnikov quit ballet because of injuries. From 1990 to 2002, Baryshnikov was director and dancer with the White Oak Dance Project, which he co-founded with choreographer Mark Morris. 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.


Mikhail Baryshnikov in Giselle