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Baryshnikov: In Black and White Hardcover – May 3, 2002
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From the moment of his first, spectacular North American appearance--in 1974, at the age of 26--Mikhail Baryshnikov was viewed as one of ballet's great virtuosos. But few could guess that his experimental spirit would lead him from princely roles in the classics to trailblazing collaborations with modern dance choreographers. Baryshnikov in Black and White reveals key moments of the dancer's artistic evolution from 1974 to 2000 in more than 175 starkly expressive black-and-white photographs. Glimpses of performances with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and the White Oak Dance Project join a few well-chosen studio rehearsal shots. They demonstrate Baryshnikov's enormous range, from the classical purity of Apollo to the improvisational HeartBeat: mb, from partnering Natalia Makarova to partnering a folding chair. Joan Acocella's introduction deftly and authoritatively sketches the dancer's career. Unfortunately, Robert Greskovic's annotated captions are segregated from the photos, requiring constant paging back and forth. --Cathy Curtis
'This book documents one of the most remarkable stories in late twentieth-century dance: the vastness, the sheer, scaling ambition, of the repertory that Mikhail Baryshnikov undertook once he defected to the West.' - Joan Acocella --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Large size pictures, one after another after another ... they know what I want to see!
The selection is chronological, and has pictures from across his career, from pretty young through ~2000, which is very cool. It's harder to find pictures of him in his later modern-dance days.
The selection of pictures is also varied, and always interesting (besides being of high quality).
With him as a topic, a picture book can't fail to be great, but this one does especially good justice. (And buying it in the marketplace for ~$2.00 is AMAZING!).