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 (bə-rĭsh′nĭ-kôf′), Mikhail Nikolayevich Born 1948.
Soviet-born ballet dancer and choreographer who, after performing with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), defected to the United States (1974), where he danced for and later directed the American Ballet Theater. In 1990 he helped found the White Oak Dance Project, a modern-dance company.
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(Biography) Mikhail. born 1948, Soviet-born ballet dancer, who defected (1974) to the West while on tour with the Kirov Ballet: director (1980–90) of the American Ballet Theatre
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(bəˈrɪʃ nɪˌkɔf, -ˌkɒf)

Mikhail, born 1948, Russian ballet dancer, born in Latvia, in the U.S. since 1974.
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Noun1.Baryshnikov - Russian dancer and choreographer who migrated to the United States (born in 1948)Baryshnikov - Russian dancer and choreographer who migrated to the United States (born in 1948)
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On July 27, 1974, Mikhail Baryshnikov made his American Ballet Theatre debut, dancing opposite fellow expatriate Natalia Makarova in Giselle mere weeks after his defection from the Soviet Union.
I ATTENDED two performances of Robert Wilson's The Old Woman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this past June, the first out of curiosity about what Wilson would do with the oddball coupling of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe, the second because I was ravenous for more.
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Alcon Builders Group recently completed construction on the Baryshnikov Arts Center or BAC, a performance space at 450 West 37th Street named for its iconic artistic director, the legendary choreographer/performer Mikhail Baryshnikov.
NEW YORK CITY AND SARASOTA, FLA.: As if 12 hours of Peter Stein's The Demons at Governors Island was not enough Dostoyevsky to sate our appetite for crime and punishment, Baryshnikov Arts Center cracks open two more stagings of Dostoyevsky novels.
The inaugural festival, centered around the Ringling Museum and the FSU/Asolo Center, hosted thousands of art lovers and dozens of performers from around the globe, but the opening night party was almost as much about catching a glimpse of Mikhail Baryshnikov (whose Baryshnikov Arts Center co-presented) as it was the performance of the FSU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Spano.
BARYSHNIKOV (Kenmare-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) was recently represented by his 50th winner worldwide.
Early life: Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov was born on January 28, 1948, in Riga, then part of the Soviet Union, but now in independent Latvia.
Fashion designer and Dominican Republic native Oscar de la Renta, Julio Iglesias, and Mikhail Baryshnikov have homes in the community.
Scenes from the Studio (clockwise from top): Andy Warhol, Calvin Klein, Brooke Shields, and 54 cofounder Steve Rubell at the club's 1981 reopening after Rubell served time for tax evasion; designer Halston escorts Elizabeth Taylor; pop superstars Olivia Newton-John and Elton John show off their late-'70s duds; Liza Minnelli hangs with Mikhail Baryshnikov; Divine (lower left) gets down with 54 habitue Grace Jones (center).