Mikhail Baryshnikov archives at the New York Public Library
December 15, 2011, 1:17 pm
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I’ve said it before: Mikhail Baryshnikov is my hero in many ways. And the little time that I got to spend at the Library of the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center looking through the archival preview of the newly donated archives of video, letters, magazines, pictures and books of him reminded me once more of the endless number of reasons why.

From very early videos of him dancing as a child in the USSR, to his dancing duet with Gregory Hines in White Nights, his performance in Roland Petit’s Carmen, or even just by looking at his handsome face in his old yearbook, his magnetism radiates through the various screens and vitrines of the exhibit.

I realize that I sound like a little fan girl, but I’m not the only one who’s excited about him and his talent. Take a listen to the conversation I had with Jan Schmidt, the curator of the dance division, after I met with Kate Stober, a press representative of the New York Public Library.

You can visit the this delightful little archival preview at the Library for the Performing Arts, the NYPL branch located at Lincoln Center, until December 20th. After that, they’ll be getting processed and entered into the collection over a few years. For more information on the library and when to see the exhibit, visit the branch’s website,

And for your viewing pleasure, the man at work with Zizi Jeanmaire, dancing Carmen:


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