Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

• Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

Yesterday, one of the most famous dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov, turned 66 years old. We decided to pick up a few interesting photos depicting different moments of life of the actor.

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

Many readers, especially the younger generation, Mikhail mark primarily on the role of the charismatic Russian-born artist Alexander Petrovsky in the TV series "Sex and the City."

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

Photo Annie Leibovitz in New York City, 2006

While according to the contemporary cultural Mikhail Baryshnikov - "dancer Premier (premier danseur) Russian School; virtuoso classical technique and purity of style that combines his art with incredible physical strength, making Baryshnikov one of the most famous representatives of the male dance in the 20th century. " The life of this talented and incredibly energetic man full of extraordinary events and meetings, and some of them we want to tell you.

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

He was born and raised in Riga Mikhail. Father almost did not participate in his upbringing. At the initiative of the boy's mother was in a ballet studio.

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

In 1964, Baryshnikov became a disciple of the famous Russian ballet school, then - the soloist of the famed ballet troupe named after SM Kirov. For seven years, Baryshnikov was a soloist of the Opera and the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad (St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater). His career developed quite successfully and quickly, the talent has been recognized by colleagues, management of theater and hundreds of fans. However, in the whole country, and especially in its cultural life, the era of stagnation - talent initiative suppressed the efforts of officials, leaving them with no prospects for realizing the potential. Many famous artists and intellectuals, among whom were friends Baryshnikov, left the country, becoming the so-called "defectors".

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

In the summer of 1974 Michael was on tour in Canada and decided not to return to the USSR, received from the Canadian political asylum. According to his close friend Alexander Mintz, a former dancer Theater Kirov, who by this time was already living in the West and worked at the American Ballet Theater, "Baryshnikov decided to stay was given a hard time."

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

Once a close friend of Michael Brodsky asked what would become of the artist, if he stayed in the Union. Poet briefly replied: "It would SPIL" ....

Photo: Alexander Galich, Galina Vishnevskaya, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, Joseph Brodsky

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

As early as the end of July 1974. Baryshnikov came on the American scene with a ballerina Natalia Makarova, who moved to the West in 1970. They performed "Giselle" on stage "Metropolitan Opera".

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

The artist had a chance to chat and make friends with many bright, creative people: in the photo he is shown with Marina Vlady and Vladimir Vysotsky in his New York apartment. I photographed them Leonid Lubyanitsky, their friend.

Incredibly impressive and penetrating dance, full five years after the death of Vladimir Vysotsky

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

In the photo by Annie Leibovitz, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rob Besserer, Georgia, 1990

Barely a year after the departure of the Soviet Union Mikhail was already prime minister of the American ballet troupe, he performed in numerous productions - both classical performances and productions in contemporary choreographers, and in 1978, Baryshnikov joined the New York City Ballet.

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

1987, Mikhail Baryshnikov and 17-year-old Uma Thurman in the photo Arthur Elgerta

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

On the personal life of the artist is little known. About six years lasted actor relationship with Hollywood star Jessica Lange, who gave them a daughter Alexandra. "Jessica - one of the very few women I loved," - says actor after their separation.

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

For more than twenty years, Michael is married to a former ballet dancer Lisa Rinehart and brings with Lisa three children together.

Bright picture of the life and work of Mikhail Baryshnikov

At the moment, Mikhail Baryshnikov is the artistic director of the Arts Center. He has been active in films and on television, and last year even danced her performance in "The Man in a Case" on the eponymous story by Chekhov. All of the projects with the participation of the immensely talented person become bright events in the field of contemporary culture.