Mikhail Baryshnikov - biography

Dancer from Latvia,Soviet Union,United States of America

Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov (Russian: Михаи́л Никола́евич Бары́шников; born January 27, 1948), nicknamed "Misha", is a Russian American dancer, choreographer, and actor, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet dancers in history. After a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he defected to Canada in 1974 for more opportunities in western dance. After freelancing with many companies, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer to learn George Balanchine's style of movement. He then danced with the American Ballet Theatre, where he later became artistic director. Baryshnikov has spearheaded many of his own artistic projects and has been associated in particular with promoting modern dance, premiering dozens of new works, including many of his own. His success as a dramatic actor on stage, cinema and television has helped him become probably the most widely recognized contemporary ballet dancer. In 1977, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe nomination for his work as "Yuri Kopeikine" in the film The Turning Point. Born to Russian parents in Riga, then part  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov,Михаи́л Никола́евич Бары́шников,Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov,Mikhail Baryshinikov,Misha
Date of birth
Place of birth
Latvia,Soviet Union,United States of America
Alexandra Kisselov, Nicholai Baryshnikov
Lisa Rinehart Jessica Lange
Sofia-Luisa Baryshnikov Alexandra Lange Baryshnikov Anna Katerina Baryshnikov Peter Andrew Baryshnikov
Dancer, Actor, Television Producer, Choreographer


Institution From To
Vaganova Ballet Academy


Year Performance Character
2009 Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
2009 Place
1997 Great Pas de Deux
1995 The Glory of the Kirov
1991 The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez Cesar
1989 Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra
1985 White Nights
1984 American Ballet Theatre at the Met: Mixed Bill
1980 Carmen
1977 The Nutcracker (American Ballet Theatre)
1976 Baryshnikov Live at Wolf Trap
1969 World's Young Ballet: Mikhail Baryshnikov

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