Baryshnikov — nicknamed Misha — joined the Kirov at 19 and debuted in Giselle , catching the eye of several Soviet choreographers. Revered but repressed in Russia, he defected while in Canada in His talent translated. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time, but his boyish good looks and incomparable physical prowess also saw him leap to the silver screen. Baryshnikov was nominated for an Oscar the film won eleven for his role as Yuri, a superstar defector from Russia with a penchant for beautiful women sound familiar? White Nights A suspenseful glimpse into the world of an expatriate Russian dancer Baryshnikov , who is forced back onto Soviet territory and placed in an apartment with a black American dancer Gregory Hines and his wife Isabella Rossellini.
After freelancing with many companies, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer to learn George Balanchine 's style of movement. He then danced with the American Ballet Theatre , where he later became artistic director. Baryshnikov has spearheaded many of his own artistic projects and has been associated in particular with promoting modern dance , premiering dozens of new works, including many of his own. Since his defection from the Soviet Union in , Baryshnikov has never returned to Russia. He also had a significant role in the last season of the television series Sex and the City and starred in the movie White Nights with Gregory Hines , Helen Mirren , and Isabella Rossellini.
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