Baryshnikov and Laguna to Perform in Israel

The trailer for Mats Ek’s Place with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ana Laguna

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ana Laguna are currently in Israel, where they’ll perform at the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and the Herzliya Performing Arts Center.  The program, called Three Solos and a Duet, features the two dancers sharing the stage in works by Mats Ek, along with solos for Baryshnikov by Benjamin Millepied and Alexei Ratmansky.  Deborah Friedes Galili wrote a wonderful overview of the press conference, where Baryshnikov answered questions and addressed issues ranging from politics, to his defection from the USSR, to his opinion about dance on video.  Watching Baryshnikov perform last month here in New York City was a rare, memorable occasion, but I still desperately wish I were in Israel right now to see what promises to be a remarkable performance (watch the above trailer).  I look forward to reading the reviews!

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2 Responses to Baryshnikov and Laguna to Perform in Israel

  1. Ashleigh says:

    Thank you for posting this story. I often lose touch with dance outside of the US. Baryshnikov has always been a significant figure for me and it was great to read his interview. I love to learn about him as a person as well as a dancer.

  2. I was there at the performance by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ana Laguna, at the Herzliya Performing Arts Center, Israel. I was very disappointed. The dancing was HEAVY, and SAD. Everything expressed I’M OLD, I CANNOT DANCE AS I ONCE DID.

    I had the privilege of seeing Martha Graham on stage when she was about 75 years old (13 years older than Baryshnikov is now). She did not dance much, but her PRESENCE on the stage was mesmerizing and unforgettable. There was none of that in the performance of either Baryshnikov or Laguna. What was missing, more than anything else, was JOIE DE VIVRE. I am sorry that we spent so much money for such a sad and, ultimately, disappointing and forgettable performance. I am even sorrier that now my “last memory” of Baryshnikov is not wonderful, joyful and breath taking, but merely sad.

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