Mikhail Baryshnikov, Date of Birth, Place of Birth

    

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Soviet-American dancer, choreographer, and actor

Date of Birth: 27-Jan-1948

Place of Birth: Riga, Latvia

Profession: actor, performing artist, ballet dancer, ballet master, choreographer, dancer, television actor, film actor

Nationality: Canada, United States, Latvia

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


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About Mikhail Baryshnikov

  • Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov (Russian: ?????´? ??????´???? ????´??????, IPA: [m??x?'il b?r??'n??k?f]; Latvian: Mihails Barišnikovs; born January 27, 1948), nicknamed "Misha" (Russian diminutive of the name "Mikhail"), is a Latvian SSR born Russian and American dancer, choreographer, and actor.
  • He is often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev and Vladimir Vasiliev as one of the greatest male ballet dancers in history. Born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Baryshnikov had a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad before defecting to Canada in 1974 for more opportunities in western dance.
  • After dancing with American Ballet Theater, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer for one season to learn George Balanchine's neo classical Russian style of movement.
  • He then returned with the American Ballet Theatre, where he later became artistic director.
  • Baryshnikov has spearheaded many of his own artistic projects and has been associated in particular with promoting modern dance, premiering dozens of new works, including many of his own.
  • His success as a dramatic actor on stage, cinema and television has helped him become probably the most widely recognized contemporary ballet dancer.
  • Since his defection from the Soviet Union in 1974, Baryshnikov has never returned to Russia.In 1977, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe nomination for his work as "Yuri Kopeikine" in the film The Turning Point.
  • He also had a significant role in the last season of the television series Sex and the City and starred in the movie White Nights with Gregory Hines, Helen Mirren, and Isabella Rossellini.

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