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|Born:||January 27, 1948||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Riga, LV||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Professional dance debut with Kirov Ballet in the "Peasant Pas de Deux" from "Giselle" at age 19
Danced with the Kirov in Soviet Union and on tour
Defected to Canada
Member of the American Ballet Theater
Film acting debut (also choreographer) in "The Turning Point"; received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination
Choreographed and starred in the CBS TV production of "The Nutcracker"
Moved to George Balanchine's New York City Ballet; learned 20-odd roles, perhaps most notably "Apollo" and "Prodigal Son"
Headlined the acclaimed variety special "Baryshnikov on Broadway" (ABC)
Artistic Director of the American Ballet Theatre (also principal dancer to 1985); had given notice that he would leave in 1990, but quit when they went over his head and fired his second-in-command, Charles France
Starred in the ABC variety special "Baryshnikov in Hollywood"
Became a naturalized American citizen on July 3rd
Broadway acting debut, starring as Gregor Samsa in "Metamorphosis", adapted from the Franz Kafka novel by Steven Berkoff; earned a Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Play
Co-founded White Oak Dance Project (modern dance) with Mark Morris; named after his philanthropist friend Howard Gilman who built him a rehearsal studio at the Gilman Foundation's White Oak Plantation (FL); tours four months out of the year, and if performances fail to pay the expenses, Baryshnikov writes a check
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