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BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV

Presented by Show One Productions in association with Luminato

January 24 - 28, 2018

Limited seating still available – buy tickets

 

Subtitles

   

Performed in Russian with English surtitles.

No photography

   

Filming and photography are prohibited during the performance.

CANADIAN PREMIERE

BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV is a solo theatrical performance based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis, noted Latvian director of The New Riga Theatre, BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV is an emotional journey deep into the poet’s visceral and complex compositions. Performed in Russian, Brodsky’s mother tongue, Baryshnikov recites a selection of his long-time friend’s poignant and eloquent works. His subtle physicality transports the audience into Hermanis’ reverent imagining of Brodsky’s interior world.
Even when he's not dancing, Baryshnikov steals the show
— Observer
An intimate conversation, both meditative and contemplative, between two exiled artists that transcends mortality; the imagery of BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV is darkly radiant. While neither a dance piece nor a straight narrative, alone onstage Baryshnikov gives life to Brodsky's verse and invites the viewer into the physical world that his poems elicit.
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Estimated Run Time:
90 minutes (no interval)
90 minutes (no interval)
Based on the poems of Joseph Brodsky
Copyright © 2015, Estate of Joseph Brodsky. All rights reserved
 
A co-production of The New Riga Theatre and Baryshnikov Productions.
General management by Baryshnikov Productions Huong Hoang
 
Premiered October 15, 2015 at the New Riga Theatre, Riga, Latvia
The staging of BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV has been included in Boris and Ināra Teterev’s arts programme TÊTE-À-TÊTE 2015
Presented by Show One Productions in association with Luminato
Show One Productions

Reviews

“[Baryshnikov] is arguably most entrancing, and most deeply immersed in the language, when he is simply sitting on a bench outside the gazebo, rocking slowly back and forth as he recites. It's as if the language is a current of energy activating not just his mind but his entire body; you sense that he feels its presence inside him down to his fingertips.”
– New York Times
“Hypnotic melancholia”
– Financial Times
“The 4 curtain calls to deafening applause should certainly speak for themselves”
– LondonTheatre1

Artists

Actor - Mikhail Baryshnikov
Actor Mikhail Baryshnikov
Actor - Mikhail Baryshnikov
Actor
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Born 1948 in Riga, Latvia, Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest dancers of our time. After commencing a spectacular career with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he came to the West in 1974, settling in New York City as principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 1979 he joined New York City Ballet, where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. A year later he was appointed artistic director of ABT where, for the next decade, he introduced a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990-2002, Mr. Baryshnikov was director and dancer of the White Oak Dance Project, a modern dance company he co-founded with choreographer Mark Morris. As an actor he has performed widely on-and off-Broadway, as well as in television and film, receiving a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for Metamorphosis, and an Academy Award nomination for The Turning Point. He is currently performing in two solo theatrical productions, Letter to a Man directed by Robert Wilson and Brodsky/Baryshnikov directed by Alvis Hermanis. In 2005, he launched Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York City, a creative space for presenting and nurturing multidisciplinary artists from around the globe.
Mikhail Baryshnikov and Alvis Hermanis. Photo by Janis Deinats.
DIRECTOR - Alvis Hermanis
DIRECTOR Alvis Hermanis
DIRECTOR - Alvis Hermanis
DIRECTOR
Alvis Hermanis
Born 1965 in Riga, Latvia, Alvis Hermanis was recently named among the ten most influential European theatre personalities of the last decade by DU Magazine Swiss periodical for arts and culture. Mr. Hermanis currently works with major European theatre companies, including Burgtheater Vienna, Schaubühne Berlin, Münchner Kammerspiele, and Schauspielhaus Zürich; and in opera houses including Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opéra National de Paris, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater in Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, and La Monnaie Brussels. He has staged operas at the Salzburger Festspiele since 2012. His opera stagings include among others Il Trovatore featuring Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko (2014) and Die Liebe der Danae (2016) at the Salzburger Festspiele, La Damnation de Faust featuring Jonas Kaufman with Opéra National de Paris in 2015, I due Foscari featuring Placido Domingo and Madama Butterfly with Teatro alla Scala in 2016, and Parsifal at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2017. Mr. Hermanis’s theatre productions have been presented at major theatre festivals ranging from Avignon to Edinburgh, and have toured to more than 40 countries. His many accolades include the Europe Prize New Theatre Realities, the Stanislavsky Award, two Golden Mask Awards (Moscow), Max Reinhardt Pen (Salzburger Festspiele), Nestroy Preis (Austria), and the Konrad Wolf Award (Germany). He has been artistic director of The New Riga Theatre since 1997.
 
Alvis Hermanis. Photo by Janis Deinats.
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Joseph Brodsky
Joseph Brodsky

Born in Leningrad, Russia on May 24, 1940, Joseph Brodsky began writing poetry as a teen. He was charged with “social parasitism” by the Soviet authorities, who sentenced him in 1964 to five years of labour. Exiled from his country in 1972, Brodsky eventually relocated to the U.S. as a poet in residence at the University of Michigan, won the Nobel Prize in 1987 for his “all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity,” and served as poet laureate from 1991-1992.

Creative Team

THE NEW RIGA THEATRE is a state repertory theatre founded in 1992, led by artistic director Alvis Hermanis since 1997. The Company is comprised of 16 actors. The New Riga Theatre has performed at major festivals around the world, including Festival d'Avignon, The Edinburgh International Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Salzburger Festspiele, Holland Festival, BITEF, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, and, to date, has toured to more than 200 towns and cities in 40 countries, both in Europe and overseas. For more information, visit http://www.jrt.lv.
 
BARYSHNIKOV PRODUCTIONS is designed to bring the voices of distinctive directors, choreographers and artists to the world’s most respected stages. Under this umbrella, the company has produced and toured the White Oak Dance Project (1990-2002), Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and Patient (2004-2006), Beckett Shorts (2007), In Paris (2010-2012), Man in a Case (2012-2014) and The Old Woman (2013-2015). Current productions include Letter to a Man and Brodsky/Baryshnikov.
DIRECTOR
Alvis Hermanis

ACTOR
Mikhail Baryshnikov

SCENOGRAPHER
Kristīne Jurjāne

LIGHT DESIGNER
Gleb Filshtinsky

SOUND
Oļegs Novikovs
LIGHT
Lauris Johansons

VIDEO
Ineta Sipunova

STAGE TECHNICIANS/SURTITLES
Andris Skotelis
Kārlis Staņa

STAGE MANAGER
Linda Zaharova

TOUR MANAGER
Elīna Adamaite
COSTUME CONSTRUCTION
Deanna Berg MacLean

MUSIC
Jim Wilson “God’s Chorus of Crickets”, Kārlis Tone

PYROTECHNIC EFFECTS DESIGNED BY
International Fireworks Design

ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Jamey Gambrell