Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 8, 2012 04:04 PM
Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the best ballet dancers in the history of the world. The man was a dominating cultural force of the 1970s and early ‘80s, but don’t think he’s washed up and ready to hang out in his rocking chair.
Nope. Baryshnikov is still dancing and getting his fingers into other forms of self-expression, too. He and famed modern-dance choreographer Mark Morris last week debuted a new work in Seattle entitled “A Wooden Tree,” the New York Times reports.
And don’t worry, dance fans — it wasn't your only chance to see the 64-year-old perform the piece. He’ll be traveling to Sarasota, Fla., later this month to perform it again and then heading to New York City next April for another performance. For the rest of us schmoes who won’t be able to attend any of these shows but would like a little piece of Baryshnikov in our everyday lives (and for whom a daily viewing of “White Nights” doesn’t suffice), there is another option.
As part of being honored by premium jeans brand Citizens of Humanity as its first subject of the company’s “yearlong video series exploring the creative paths of visionaries who inspire the brand,” Sportswear.net reports that Baryshnikov has turned designer, extending his artistic talents to a limited edtion T-shirt that is being sold for $38 at CitizensofHumanity.com to benefit The Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan.
The second recipient was COH founder Jerome Dahan, who doesn’t have quite the same name recognition as Baryshnikov.
“As the company’s name suggests, our mission is to showcase the energy and passion of creative individuals,” Dahan stated, according to the site. “This film series has provided me with the opportunity to honor people who inspire me, and it is my hope that this series will also inspire others.”