Baryshnikov, Mikhail. (b. 1948)
Group of Original Photographs
Group of eight original photographs of the important ballet dancer. Included are a 1991 portrait by Annie Leibovitz showing Baryshnikov in a deep arabesque; a portrait by Gregory Heisler for the American Ballet Theatre; two on-stage photos in costume by Leslie E. Spatt; a portrait by Kenn Duncan for the American Ballet Theatre; and three photographs by Martha Swope of Baryshnikov with other dancers. He is seen with Deirdre Barberry in "The Little Ballet," with Elaine Kudo in "Sinatra Suite," and rehearsing with Gil Boggs for "Cinderella." All photos 8 x 10 inches and stamped on the verso by the photographer. Some light edge wear, but overall in very fine condition.
Born in Riga, Baryshnikov had a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad before defecting 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.