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Mikhail Baryshnikov Prepares to Portray, What Else, a Dancer

Mikhail Baryshnikov prepares to portray a dancer. But, not just any dancer, he is preparing to portray the tormented words of another dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky. The performance is to be called “Letters to a man”. The letters stand for the words to Nijinsky’s lover and mentor. The showing will run from October 15th through October 30th.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to W. H. Auden, “What mad Nijinsky wrote about Diaghilev is true of the normal heart.”
  • This performance piece from the singular surrealist director Robert Wilson, adapted from Nijinsky’s diaries
  • Empathetic theatergoers have a tantalizing opportunity to test Auden’s assertion this month

“Empathetic theatergoers have a tantalizing opportunity to test Auden’s assertion this month, as one of the greatest male dancers of the 20th century, Mikhail Baryshnikov, interprets the tormented words of another, Vaslav Nijinsky, in “Letters to a Man” (the man being Nijinsky’s lover and mentor, the Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev), which runs Oct. 15 to Oct. 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.”


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