Mikhail Baryshnikov to perform in Toronto
Legendary Russian ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov is expanding his artistic repertoire in a new show celebrating the poetry of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky.
In Brodsky/Baryshnikov, at the Winter Garden Theatre from Jan. 24 to 27 — the ballet star who famously defected to the West in 1974 during a performance in Toronto — will perform the works of fellow exile Joseph Brodsky, who left the former Soviet Union in 1972 and died in 1996.
The show, presented by the Luminato Festival and Show One Productions, is directed by Alvis Hermanis who, like Baryshnikov, was born in Latvia. Brodsky’s poetry is performed in Russian, his mother tongue, with English surtitles. Baryshnikov moves about the stage in a performance that is not quite dance nor mere poetry recitation.
Baryshnikov has had a storied career in dance, theatre and film since his arrival in the West more than four decades ago. He is recently starred in another one-man show, Letter to a Man, based on the diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, considered one of the greatest ballet dancers in history.
Tickets to the Toronto performances go on sale Oct. 18. They range from $45-$150 and can be purchased at showoneproductions.ca, through Ticketmaster at 1-855-599-9090 or in person at the Winter Garden box office, 189 Yonge St.