Friday, January 25, 2008

Baryshnikov At 60

Happy birthday, Misha.

On Sunday, Mikhail Baryshnikov celebrates his 60th, a landmark that some of us greet with a sigh of relief, which is generally accompanied by a few extra creaks in the joints. But the dance superstar who once thrilled audiences with unidentifiable jumps doesn't seem to be prone to prop his feet up anytime soon.

The gypsy in this dancer's soul has taken him on an unparalleled journey, as an actor, artistic director and producer -- and with his name attached to a line of dancewear and a signature fragrance, Misha.

This grandfather's original ballet partners are long gone from the stage. So are many of his modern dance peers. He has crossed so many artistic boundaries that they simply could not keep up: an Oscar nomination for 1977's "The Turning Point," the Emmy Award-winning "Baryshnikov on Broadway," performances on Broadway in "Metamorphosis" and the recent "Beckett Shorts" (which finished Jan. 20), and Carrie's love interest on HBO's "Sex and the City."

In an art form where bodies generally mingle, he has had to go it alone by virtue of his adventuresome artistic nature.

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Source: ScrippsNews

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