Baryshnikov is back in town

He is 62 and the agility may be gone, but the fluid, poetic, very masculine grace that made him one of the world’s greatest dancers is intact.

By HELEN KAYE
April 3, 2010 19:48
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Baryshnikov with Ana Laguna.

mikhail baryshnikov 311. (photo credit: Bengt Wanselius)

 
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He is 62 years old and the agility may be gone, but the fluid, poetic, very masculine grace that made Mikhail Baryshnikov one of the world’s greatest dancers remains intact.

He and prima ballerina Ana Laguna have decided to stop off in Israel during their world tour for three performances – to honor the Suzanne Dellal Center’s reception of the Israel Prize. One performance takes place at Suzanne Dellal in Tel Aviv on June 26 and two at the Herzliya Performing Arts Center on June 28 and 29.



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At Baryshnikov’s request, 50 tickets to each performance will be given free to dance students from around the country.

The program features three works by choreographers Mats Ek, Sergei Ratmansky and Benjamin Millepied, a duet and two Baryshnikov solos, respectively.

Even before his dramatic 1974 defection to the West, Baryshnikov was being hailed as a star at the Bolshoi, and after his debut at the American Ballet Theater, he became a superstar. Laguna, who is Ek’s wife and is known also as his muse, was for years the principal dancer of Ek’s Cullberg Ballet, and has won many prizes.

Ticket prices range from NIS 280 to NIS 375. Performances start at 9 p.m.

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