5/4/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Maya Plisetskaya Dances Bolero, And The Dying Swan

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Maya Plisetskaya, Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Bolshoi Ballet, danced Maurice Bejart’s Bolero set to the famous Ravel score in 1975. Plisetskaya created a stunning theatrical experience. What makes the piece so compelling is that although Plisetskaya may be accompanied by dozens of other dancers mirroring her movement, the first and only focus is on the prima ballerina herself.  Continue reading

12/22/17 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY- 3 DAYS OF NUTCRACKER: Baryshnikov and Kirkland- Grand Pas de Deux


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8/18/17 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: The Magic of Dance

Reflections by Margot Fonteyn with Mikhail Baryshnikov, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem the film includes dance history and fascinating facts. Continue reading

12/22/17 O&A NYC DANCE 3 DAYS OF NUTCRACKER: Baryshnikov and Kirkland- Grand Pas de Deux

tumblr_lduf0podyb1qzzh6gMikhail Baryshnikov & Gelsey Kirkland perform the Nutcracker, Grand Pas de Deux with American Ballet Theatre (1977)
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12/9/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland- Nutcracker Grand Pas de Deux

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During the 1977 Christmas season, CBS brought Mikhail Baryshnikov’s highly acclaimed American Ballet Theatre production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker to television. The production has remains the most popular and most often shown television production of the work in the U.S.  Mikhail Baryshnikov performed the title role, with Gelsey Kirkland as Clara.
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10/25/16 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Sylvie Guillem- Mademoiselle Non (1993)

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Sylvie Guillem joined the corps de ballet of the Paris Opera at age fifteen. A dance superstar whose breathtaking technique ranks her beside the likes of Nureyev and Baryshnikov the program centers on film of Guillem rehearsing and performing a range of pieces, both contemporary and classical, which display her astonishing virtuosity. Continue reading

9/16/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Mikhail Baryshnikov And Nell Carter Sings And Dances Honeysuckle Rose From Baryshnikov on Broadway- with Liza Minnelli

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In Baryshnikov on Broadway – with Liza Minnelli Mikhail Baryshnikov sings and dances Honeysuckle Rose with Nell Carter. The 1980 TV show directed by Dwight Hemion starred ballet phenom Mikhail Baryshnikov and entertainer Liza Minnelli.  Continue reading

7/29/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Mikhail Baryshnikov In Twyla Tharp’s One For My Baby

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Mikhail Baryshnikov pays tribute to one of his idols, Maya Plisketskaya at the American-Soviet Cultural Exchange Festival: Hommage A Plisetskaya (1988). He performs Twyla Tharp’s One For My Baby sung by Frank Sinatra written by Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen. Continue reading

9/24/17 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Maya Plisetskaya Dances Bolero (Choreography by Maurice Béjart) And The Dying Swan

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Maya Plisetskaya, Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Bolshoi Ballet, danced Maurice Bejart’s Bolero set to the famous Ravel score in 1975. Plisetskaya created a stunning theatrical experience. What makes the piece so compelling is that although Plisetskaya may be accompanied by dozens of other dancers mirroring her movement, the first and only focus is on the prima ballerina herself.  Continue reading

5/13/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Theme & Variations- Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov (1978) American Ballet Theatre

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Theme and Variations received its world premiere at New York’s City Center on November 26, 1947, danced by Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch. George Balanchine’s plotless ballet with its glorious choreography and glittering costumes is a vision of the Imperial Ballet in its heyday at the Maryinksy Theatre.  A second production with costumes by Desmond Heeley,  premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, on April 17, 1978, with Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov in the leading roles.

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