Kaatsbaan Cultural Park to Host 75th Birthday Celebration for Mikhail Baryshnikov

Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli is scheduled to host a 75th Birthday Celebration for Mikhail Baryshnikov. Mikhail Baryshnikov at 75 will take place on Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m. The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), which Baryshnikov founded and directs, will host the event.

Mikhail Baryshnikov. Credit: Peter Baryshnikov

Baryshnikov, born in 1948 in Riga, Latvia, is considered one of the greatest dancers of all time. He came to New York City in 1974 and became a principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 1978, he joined New York City Ballet, working with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Baryshnikov directed and danced in the White Oak Dance Project from 1990-2002, a project which he co-founded with choreographer Mark Morris to expand the visibility of American modern dance. More recently, Baryshnikov received Japan’s prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in Theatre/Film.

BAC opened in 2005 in New York City. Baryshnikov’s goal was “establishing a thriving creative laboratory and performance space for artists from around the world.” BAC offers a robust residency program, in addition to presentations of performances by artists at varying stages of their careers. The organization is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at affordable ticket prices, and in the fall of 2022, welcomed Sonja Kostich as Executive Director for BAC. For more information, visit bacnyc.org.

Kaatsbaan Cultural Park was founded in 1990. The 153-acre park, located in the Upstate New York village of Tivoli, is home to a wide array of cultural innovations and excellence. The park provides artists with state-of-the-art dance studios, accommodations, an indoor theater, and two outdoor stages. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are among Kaatsbaan’s top priorities, aiming to accurately reflect the culture of New York City. For more information, please visit www.kaatsbaan.org.

The Kaatsbaan Cultural Park 75th birthday celebration of Mikhail Baryshnikov will feature some of today’s definitive voices in music. Influential musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries who served as inspirations for Baryshnikov to perform. American avant-garde artist, composer, and musician Laurie Anderson, Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, Russian–born American singer, songwriter, and pianist Regina Spektor, North America’s leading practitioner of Japanese flutes and percussion Kaoru Watanabe, choreographer Mark Morris, and actress Anna Baryshnikov are scheduled to appear.

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