A GATHERING OF FRIENDS & FAMILY | Honoring Mikhail Baryshnikov
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Baryshnikov Arts Center | Affirmation Arts Studio Gallery
One Night Only!
Benefit Performance & After-Celebration
Special Guest Artists
Duet (Premiere) Choreographed and Peformed by Kyle Abraham and Doug Varone
Nocturne (1987) Performed by Michael Trusnovec
Somewhere (2019), New York City Premiere, to Leonard Bernstein's score from West Side Story, Performed by the Company
Baryshnikov Arts Center | 450 West 37th Street | 7:30pm
Affirmation Arts Studio Gallery | 523 West 37th Street | 9:00pm –11:00pm
When I began this Company in 1986, I wanted to create an organization build on the foundation of community: from the artists, staff and collaborators to our supports and donors. Creating an environment where everyone feels welcome is paramount, and letting that spill into our dances is essential. This event celebrates that vision. I hope you will join us. – DOUG VARONE
PLATINUM SOMEWHERE TICKET $1,000
Premium seating, and after-celebration reception
This ticket provides the greatest level of support for Doug Varone and Dancers' work and is much-appreciated investment in our future. Tax-deductible portion: $865.
GOLD MARIA TICKET $500
Premium seating, and after-celebration reception.
Tax-deductible portion: $365.
SILVER TONIGHT TICKET $300
Orchestra seating, and after-celebration reception.
Tax-deductible portion: $165.
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 1978 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, which he and choreographer Mark Morris co-founded to expand the repertoire and visibility of American modern dance.
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 nomination for Metamorphosis, and an Academy Award nomination for The Turning Point. Other theatrical productions include Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and the Patient, Beckett Shorts, In Paris, Man in a Case, The Old Woman and Letter to a Man. He recently toured Brodsky/Baryshnikov, a theatrical solo work directed by Latvian director Alvis Hermanis. Current projects include NOT ONCE., a cinematic installation developed in collaboration with Jan Fabre and Phil Griffin, and a second theatrical production directed by Hermanis entitled The White Helicopter which premiered November 2019 at The New Riga Theatre.
In 2005, he launched Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York City, a creative space designed to support multidisciplinary artists from around the globe. Among Mr. Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the Vilcek Award. In 2010, he was given the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor, and in 2017 he received Japan’s prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in Theatre/Film.
more events & workshops
DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program in NYC 2020
Led by Doug Varone and the Company Dancers | Enrollment: 10 – 12 choreographers
Designed for experienced choreographers of all levels, this unique mentorship with Doug Varone is divided into three distinct parts over the course of several months beginning on May 24 with an intensive retreat in New York City. Up to 12 participants are selected through application.
Be sure to join us in August in NYC when the choreographers will show their work. Details to come.
Photo: Matt Furman
SUMMER WORKSHOP at Skidmore College | June 2020
Doug Varone and Dancers will be in residence at Skidmore College in upstate New York leading three immersive weeks of technical training, creative work, and exposure to the company’s style. For pre-professional and professional dancers.
Skidmore College | Saratoga Springs, NY
NON-CREDIT TUITION: $1,720
UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT (2 credit hours): $2,625
ROOM & BOARD (21 meals/week): $1,433.25
ROOM & BOARD (14 meals/week): $1,208.25
Photo: Jonathan Hsu
Workshops for Pre-Profession & Professional Dancers
Our annual intensives for pre-profession and professional dancers are designed to train the next generation.
At New York City's Hunter College, this one-week intensive celebrates the company's movement style, creative ideas and artistic philosophy. The 2019-20 Winter Intensive will he held January 13-18, 2020.
For three weeks at a university campus, we'll live together, work together, create together, and grow together. The 2020 Summer Intensive will be held in May 31 - June 20, 2020 at Skidmore College.