In Black and White
By Mikhail Baryshnikov
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781582341866, 304pp.)
Publication Date: May 2002
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The only collection of photographs documenting the last three decades of Mikhail Baryshnikov's brilliant career.
Universally acknowledged as the most celebrated artist in the dance world (Time magazine proclaimed him 'the greatest living dancer') Mikhail Baryshnikov's defection from the Soviet Union in 1974, at the age of twenty-six, breathed new artistic freedom into an already astonishing career. Working with American Ballet Theatre (where he was Artistic Director for ten years), the New York City Ballet (with George Ballanchine), and finally forming his own company in 1990 with Mark Morris, White Oak Dance Project, Baryshnikov has, over these past decades, changed the face of dance.
Baryshnikov in Black and White presents, in over 175 photographs, the remarkable breadth of his achievement between the years 1974 and 2000. From his legendary roles in the classic ballets Giselle and Don Quixote, to his work with some of the world's greatest contemporary choreographers, Baryshnikov is shown here in both rehearsal and performance. Captured by the leading dance photographers, his vitality and genius are evident on every page. With an inspired and richly detailed essay by the New Yorker dance critic (and Baryshnikov biographer) Joan Acocella, a complete chronology of his roles, and extensive annotated captions, Baryshnikov in Black and White is the definitive book on his remarkable career in the West.
Mikhail Baryshnikov has danced more than 150 different works during his career. In addition to his dancing, he has starred in five films, earning an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Turning Point. He has performed numerous times on television, including three Emmy award-winning specials. In 1989, he appeared on Broadway in Metamorphosis, earning a Tony nomination and a Drama Critics Award. He is the 1997 recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award and received both the Kennedy Center honor and the National Medal of Arts in 2000.