Mikhail Baryshnikov Biography (1948-)

Surname sometimes transliterated as Barishnikov or Barichnikov; born January28 (some sources say January 27), 1948, in Riga, Latvia, Soviet Union (now independent Latvia); immigrated to Canada, 1974; immigrated to United States, 1974; became naturalized U.S. citizen, July 3, 1986; son of Nicholai (an engineer) and Alexandra (a dressmaker; maiden name, Kisselov) Baryshnikov; children: (with actress Jessica Lange) Alexandra; (with Lisa Rinehart, a dancer) Peter, Anna Katerina, Sofia-Luisa.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Dancer, choreographer, artistic director
Birth Details
January 28, 1948
Riga, Latvia

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Pas de deux, Don Quixote, Leningrad Choreographic School, 1967
  • Peasant pas de deux, Giselle, Kirov Ballet, Leningrad, 1967
  • Principal dancer, Eternal Spring, Kirov Ballet, 1967
  • Asiat's friend, Goryanka, Kirov Ballet, 1968
  • Pas de trois, Swan Lake, Kirov Ballet, 1968
  • "The Youth," Chopiniana, Kirov Ballet, 1969
  • Title role, Vestris, International Ballet Competition, Moscow, 1969
  • Basil, Don Quixote, Kirov Ballet, 1969
  • Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, Irina Kolpakova Choreographic Evening,Leningrad, 1969
  • Prince Desire, The Sleeping Beauty, Kirov Ballet, 1970
  • Title role, Hamlet, Kirov Ballet, 1970
  • Adam, The Creation of the World, Kirov Ballet, 1971
  • The Dance of the Bird, from The Ice Maiden, concert in honor of Fedor Lopukhov, October Concert Hall, Leningrad, 1971
  • Albrecht, Giselle, Kirov Ballet, 1972
  • Prince Salamander, The Prince of Pagodas, Kirov Ballet, 1972
  • Daphnis, Daphnis and Chloe, Baryshnikov Choreographic Evening, Leningrad, 1974
  • Title role, The Prodigal Son, Baryshnikov Choreographic Evening, Leningrad, 1974
  • Principal dancer, Medea, Spoleto Festival, Italy, 1975
  • Principal dancer, Awakening, American Ballet Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • The boy with the matted hair, Shadowplay, American Ballet Theatre,1975
  • Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Royal Ballet, London, 1975
  • Hamlet, Hamlet Connotations, American Ballet Theatre, 1976
  • Principal dancer, Push Comes to Shove, American Ballet Theatre, 1976
  • Principal dancer, Pas de Duke, Alvin Ailey Company, New York City,1976
  • Principal dancer, Other Dances, Metropolitan Opera House, New YorkCity, 1976
  • Principal dancer, Once More Frank, American Ballet Theatre, 1976
  • Principal dancer, The Rite of Spring, American Ballet Theatre, 1976
  • The Prince, The Nutcracker, American Ballet Theatre, Washington, DC, 1976
  • Principal dancer, Variations on America, Eliot Feld Company, New York City, 1977
  • Colas, La fille mal gardee, Royal Ballet, London, 1977
  • Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Maryland Ballet, Baltimore, MD, 1977
  • Title role, The Prodigal Son, International Dance Festival of Stars, Chicago, IL, 1977
  • Hermann, La dame de pique, Ballet de Marseille, Paris, 1978
  • Basilio, Don Quixote, American Ballet Theatre, 1978
  • Title role, Apollo, International Festival of Stars, Chicago, IL,1978
  • Franz, Coppelia, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • Second movement, Symphony C, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • Principal dancer, Afternoon of a Faun, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • Title role, Orpheus, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • Principal dancer, Dances at a Gathering, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • Principal dancer, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • Rubies, Jewels, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • Harlequin, Harlequinade, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • The Poet, La sonnambula, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • Pearly King and Costermonger pas de deux, Union Jack, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • Principal dancer, Donizetti Variations, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • The Prince, The Nutcracker, New York City Ballet, 1978-1979
  • Principal dancer, Four Seasons, New York City Ballet, 1979
  • Principal dancer, Opus 19 (later called Opus 19/The Dreamer), New York City Ballet, 1979
  • Principal dancer, Eatin' Rain in Space, International Dance Festival, Chicago, 1979
  • Principal dancer, Rhapsody, Royal Ballet, London, 1980
  • Grand Pas Hongrois, Raymonda, Petipa Gala, American Ballet Theatre, 1981
  • Don Jose, Carmen, American Ballet Theatre, 1981
  • Principal dancer, Configurations, American Ballet Theatre, KennedyCenter for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1981
  • Title role, The Wild Boy, American Ballet Theatre, Kennedy Centerfor the Performing Arts, 1981
  • Principal dancer, The Little Ballet (also known as Once Upon aTime), American Ballet Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1983
  • Principal dancer, Follow the Feet, American Ballet Theatre, Washington, DC, 1983
  • Principal dancer, Sinatra Suite, American Ballet Theatre, KennedyCenter for the Performing Arts, 1984
  • Beliaev, A Month in the Country, Royal Ballet, London, 1985
  • Principal dancer, Murder, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco,1986
  • Principal dancer, The Mollino Room, American Ballet Theatre, Washington, DC, 1986
  • Principal dancer, Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, American Ballet Theatre, New York, 1988
  • Principal dancer, Wonderland, Theatre de la Monnaie/Mark Morris, Brussels, 1989
  • Gregor Samsa, Metamorphosis (adapted from the short story by FranzKafka), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Principal dancer, Duo concertante, New York City Ballet, 1992
  • Principal dancer, Three Preludes, New York City Ballet, 1992
  • Also appeared in other ballets, including the following for the AmericanBallet Theatre: title role, Petrushka; principal dancer, Theme andVariations; Solor, "Kingdom of Shades," from La bayadere; the spirit of the rose, Le spectre de la rose; James, La sylphide; pasde trois, The Guards of Amager; solo variation, Les patineurs;principal dancer, Le corsaire; the Devil, Three Virgins and a Devil; and the young man, Le jeune homme et la morte; for the Eliot Feld Company: principal dancer, Santa Fe Saga; for the Paul Taylor Company: principal dancer, Airs and From Sea to Shining Sea; for theMartha Graham Dance Company: Husbandman, Appalachian Spring; Oedipus,Night Journey; and title role, El penitente; for the White OakDance Project: duet, from Concerto Six Twenty-Two; Punch, Punch andJudy; "Fool to Care" and "Sabre Dance," Waiting for the Sunrise;and principal dancer, Canonic 3/4 Studies, A Lake, Ten Suggestions,Cavalcade, and Pas de poisson. Also appeared as the principal dancer, Symphony in C, 1970; and in Requiem.
  • Stage Choreographer
  • The Nutcracker, American Ballet Theatre, Washington, DC, 1976
  • "Kitri's Wedding," Don Quixote, American Ballet Theatre, 1978
  • Act III, The Sleeping Beauty, American Ballet Theatre, 1981
  • Giselle, American Ballet Theatre, 1981
  • Acts II and III divertissements, Raymonda, Petipa Gala, American Ballet Theatre, 1981
  • (With Peter Anastos) Cinderella, American Ballet Theatre, KennedyCenter for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1983
  • Swan Lake, American Ballet Theatre, Orange County, NY, 1988
  • Film Appearances
  • Yuri, The Turning Point, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • When I Think of Russia, 1980
  • Narrator, That's Dancing!, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985
  • Nikolai "Kolya" Rodchenko, White Nights, Columbia, 1985
  • Anton "Tony" Sergeyev, Dancers (also known as Giselle), Golan-Globus/Cannon, 1987
  • Pyiotr Grushenko, Company Business, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Pathe, 1991
  • Cesar, The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, 1991
  • Russian Holiday (also known as Russian Roulette--Video--1994), 1992
  • Le mystere Babilee, 2001
  • Film Choreographer
  • "Aurora's Wedding" and "Le corsaire" segments, The Turning Point,Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • Additional choreography, White Nights, Columbia, 1985
  • "Giselle" segments, Dancers (also known as Giselle), Golan-Globus/Cannon, 1987
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • In Performance at Wolf Trap, An Evening with Mikhail Baryshnikov,PBS, 1976
  • Albrecht, "Giselle," Live from Lincoln Center, PBS, 1977
  • Title role, The Nutcracker, CBS, 1977
  • The 32nd Annual Tony Awards, 1978
  • "Theme and Variations," Live from Lincoln Center, PBS, 1978
  • Don Quixote, PBS, 1978
  • "American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House," Live from Lincoln Center, 1978
  • "Choreography by Balanchine: Part IV," Dance in America, 1979
  • Baryshnikov at the White House, PBS, 1979
  • Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope on the Road to China, NBC, 1979
  • Host, IBM Presents Baryshnikov on Broadway, ABC and PBS, 1980
  • The Kennedy Center Honors, 1980, 1981, 1983
  • Walt Disney ... One Man's Dream, 1981
  • "An Evening with American Ballet Theatre," Live from Lincoln Center, 1981
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Fred Astaire, 1981
  • Host, Baryshnikov in Hollywood, CBS, 1982
  • Dance in America: Baryshnikov by Tharp with American Ballet Theatre, PBS, 1984
  • Basilio, Don Quixote, 1984
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1985
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly, CBS, 1985
  • The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala, ABC, 1985
  • "Live from Lincoln Center," Great Performances, PBS, 1985
  • Liberty Weekend, ABC, 1986
  • The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1986
  • "Celebrating Gershwin," Great Performances, PBS, 1987
  • "Dance in America: David Gordon's Made in U.S.A.," Great Performances, PBS, 1987
  • All-Star Gala at Ford's Theater, ABC, 1987
  • Poet, "La sonnambula," "Balanchine and Cunningham: An Evening at AmericanBallet Theatre," Great Performances, PBS, 1988
  • The Presidential Inaugural Gala, CBS, 1989
  • From the Heart ... The First International Very Special Arts Festival, NBC, 1989
  • Dancer, "Who Cares?" and "Apollo," "Dance in America: Baryshnikov DancesBalanchine with American Ballet Theatre," Great Performances, PBS, 1989
  • American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia, PBS, 1990
  • The Nicholas Brothers: We Sing and We Dance, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Dancer, "Zoetrope," "Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special," Great Performances, PBS, 1992
  • "Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed," American Masters, PBS, 1994
  • Interviewee, "Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter," American Masters,PBS, 1996
  • 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala, CBS, 1997
  • Honoree, The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 2000
  • Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • (In archive footage) Bourne to Dance (documentary), Channel 4, 2001
  • Also appeared in "Prodigal Son," "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," "Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux," and "Other Dances," all Dance in America, PBS; Baryshnikov: The Dancer and the Dance, PBS; and Carmen, on French television.
  • Series
  • The Magic of Dance, 1982
  • Host, Stories from My Childhood (also known as Mikhail Baryshnikov's Stories from My Childhood), 1997
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Producer, Stories from My Childhood (also known as Mikhail Baryshnikov's Stories from My Childhood), 1997
  • Television Artistic Director
  • Specials
  • Dance in America: Baryshnikov by Tharp with the American Ballet Theatre, PBS, 1984
  • Television Choreographer
  • Specials
  • The Nutcracker, CBS, 1977
  • "Celebrating Gershwin," Great Performances, PBS, 1987
  • WRITINGS
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Charles Engell France) Baryshnikov at Work: Mikhail BaryshnikovDiscusses His Roles, Knopf (New York), 1976
  • Baryshnikov in Color, edited by France, Abrams (New York), 1980
  • (With Peter Anastos) The Swan Prince, Bantam, 1987

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Aria, Barbara, Misha: The Mikhail Baryshnikov Story, [New York], 1989
    • Goodman, Saul, Baryshnikov: A Most Spectacular Dancer, Harvey House, 1979
    • Lemond, Alan, Bravo, Baryshnikov!, Grosset, 1978
    • Smakov, Gennady, Baryshnikov: From Russia to the West, Farrar, Straus, 1981
    • Smakov, The Great Russian Dancers, Knopf, 1985
    • Swope, Martha, Baryshnikov on Broadway, foreword by Walter Terry,Harmony, 1980
    Periodicals
    • Dance Magazine, November, 2000, p. 54
    • New York Times, March 5, 1989
    • Parade, October 8, 1989, pp. 26-27
    • Rolling Stone, October 8, 1987, pp. 56-65, 116-17, 119

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