Past Performance
Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Brodsky / Baryshnikov (U.S. Premiere)

Based on the poems of Joseph Brodsky
Directed by Alvis Hermanis
Performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov
March 9-19, 2016

Brodsky / Baryshnikov is a one-man show based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis, noted Latvian director of The New Riga Theatre, Brodsky / Baryshnikov is an emotional journey deep into the poet's visceral and complex compositions. Performed in Russian, Brodsky's mother tongue, Baryshnikov recites a selection of his long-time friend’s poignant and eloquent works. His subtle physicality transports the audience into Hermanis' reverent imagining of Brodsky's interior world.

Performed in Russian with English surtitles
English translation by Jamey Gambrell

Scenographer – Kristīne Jurjāne
Light Designer – Gleb Filshtinsky
Sound – Oļegs Novikovs, Gatis Builis
Light – Lauris Johansons
Video – Ineta Sipunova

Brodsky/Baryshnikov is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation. 

A co-production of The New Riga Theatre and Baryshnikov Productions.

The staging of Brodsky / Baryshnikov has been included in Boris and Ināra Teterev’s arts programme TÊTE-À-TÊTE 2015. For more information about the programme, please visit:

Based on the poems of Joseph Brodsky
Copyright © 2015, The Estate of Joseph Brodsky
All rights reserved

"A Ghost Story"

"Mikhail Baryshnikov and Joseph Brodsky, in a Song of Exiled Russians"

“Misha’s Next Moves”

“Baryshnikov, A Different Kind of Dancer”

“Brodsky/Baryshnikov, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York—Hypnotic melancholia”

“In ‘Brodsky/Baryshnikov,’ One Friend Recalls Another"

“Even When He’s Not Dancing, Baryshnikov Steals the Show”

"'Brodsky/Baryshnikov' Review: Verse Vivified"

Mikhail Baryshnikov
Artist Bio

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Born 1948 in Riga, Latvia, Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest dancers of our time. After commencing a spectacular career with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he came to the West in 1974, settling in New York City as principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 1979 he joined New York City Ballet, where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. 

A year later he was appointed artistic director of ABT where, for the next decade, he introduced a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990-2002, Mr. Baryshnikov was director and dancer of the White Oak Dance Project, a modern dance company he co-founded with choreographer Mark Morris. In 2005, he launched Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York City, a creative space for presenting and nurturing multidisciplinary artists from around the globe. Under his leadership as artistic director, BAC’s programs serve more than 700 artists and 22,000 audience members annually. Mr. Baryshnikov is an Academy Award-nominated actor, and a photographer whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. His photographs have been featured in publications such as Aperture and Vanity Fair, among others. His published work includes the book Merce My Way (2008). Among Mr. Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, 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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Alvis Hermanis
Artist Bio

Alvis Hermanis

Born 1965 in Riga, Latvia, Alvis Hermanis was recently named among the ten most influential European theater personalities of the last ten years by DU Magazine Swiss periodical for arts and culture. Mr. Hermanis currently works with major European theater companies, including Burgtheater Vienna, Schaubuehne Berlin, Munchner Kammerspiele, and Schauspielhaus Zurich; and in opera houses including La Scala Milano, State Opera Berlin, and La Monnaie Brussels. 

He has staged operas at the Salzburg Festspiele since 2012, and will continue in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. His most recent staging there was of Trovatore featuring Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko. His most recent opera premiere was La Damnation de Faust with Opera de Paris, featuring Jonas Kaufman in December 2015. In 2018, he will direct a new staging of Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival. Mr. Hermanis’s theater productions have been presented at major theater festivals ranging from Avignon to Edinburgh, and have toured to more than 40 countries. His many accolades include the Europe Prize New Theatre Realities, the Stanislavsky Award, two Golden Mask Awards (Moscow), Max Reinhardt Pen (Salzburg Festspiele), Nestroy Preis (Austria), and the Konrad Wolf Award (Germany). He has been artistic director of The New Riga Theatre since 1997.

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