BARYSHNIKOV AND ANA LAGUNA ON TOUR

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ana Laguna are in Santa Monica where they’re beginning a U.S. tour. Program includes¬†choreography by Mats Ek (Laguna’s husband), Alexei Ratmansky, and Benjamin Millepied’s Years Later, which consists of a solo for Barysh juxtaposed with movie clips of his younger self dancing. Critics say it “should bring a new respect to middle-age dance performances.”

I’m excited to see the Millepied as well as the Ek piece. Here are some clips from another of Ek’s dances for the pair. Baryshnikov still looks like Baryshnikov — the way he moved in White Nights, the way he danced Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove

(top photo from Hawaiitheater.com)

8 Comments

  1. What an amazing man of movement. Thanks for the tro of vids. I wish I saw him dance live when he was a kid.

  2. I would love to see him perform. Growing up in a tiny town, he was the only male dancer I was really aware of. Not a bad representative, I'd say.

    Here are the tour dates, by the way:
    http://www.bacnyc.org/index.php/events/performa

    Anyone up for a quick trip to the Lyon Opera House? Hawaii?

  3. Thank you guys — I wish I would have seen him dance when he was younger too. I wasn't in New York at that time. He was the only male dancer I was really aware of too when I was younger, Michael (unless you count John Travolta, disco king!) Phoenix isn't really a small town but it's so far removed from east coast high culture it's practically the same.

    Thanks for posting the tour dates. Sure, either Lyon or Hawaii sound great, whichever you prefer :) I wish! I'm going to have to save up so I can start traveling more… I guess the economy needs to improve as well.

  4. …the Naples, Italy venue would be tolerable, too – I guess. [yeah, right ;).]

    Probably my favorite ballet film is THE TURNING POINT – that movie made such an impression on me. (And so did Baryshnikov and Leslie Browne … *gorgeous* dancing!)

  5. I saw that movie when I was very young and can hardly remember it. I am definitely going to have to see it again!

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    This was the third time I have had the privilege of seeing Baryshnikov dance. I am a musician and come from immigrant parents. I have been one of his most devoted fans from way back cause we are the same age. I can't imagine being that active let alone dancing at this stage of my life. I saw MB in CA dancing Giselle, once with the White Oak Dance Project and now at the Harris. The performance where MB is dancing with himself through various stages of his life was extraordinary. I pray that he will dance again because I will be right there to enjoy his awesome talent.

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